Saddleback Church Leadership Academy

The Saddleback Church Leadership Academy seeks to equip, empower, and encourage individuals to pursue their calling to church planting or ministry leadership — to live out their purpose and passion for God's kingdom. Our mission is to develop the next generation of leaders to plant and lead new churches, multi-site campuses, and the ministries that will serve them. We provide current, proven, and effective training and strategies for church planters and their teams.

Gospel Coach

Gospel Coach materials are designed to give Christian leaders a practical system to develop and equip other leaders in the local church and to shepherd them to glorify God. While it is for leaders, it can be used to shepherd believers of all stages of their life, maturity, age, and gender. This site is a tool to support the principle plans established in the Gospel Coach book.


9Marks exists to equip church leaders with a biblical vision and practical resources for displaying God's glory to the nations through healthy churches. Believing the local church is the focal point of God’s plan for displaying his glory to the nations, and that the Bible is sufficient for the life of the church, 9Marks is church-focused, scripture-focused, and pastor-focused. The nine marks are (1) expositional preaching, (2) biblical theology, (3) a biblical understanding of the good news, (4) a biblical understanding of conversion, (5) a biblical understanding of evangelism, (6) biblical church membership, (7) biblical church discipline, (8) biblical discipleship and growth, and (9) biblical church leadership. These are not the only things which are necessary for building healthy churches, they are nine practices which many churches today overlook and that need to be emphasized once again.

LifeWay Research (Ed Stetzer)

Ed Stetzer has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches. He has trained pastors and church planters on five continents, holds two masters degrees and two doctorates, and has written dozens of articles and books. Ed is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach Magazine and Catalyst Monthly, serves on the advisory council of Sermon Central and Christianity Today's Building Church Leaders, and is frequently cited or interviewed in news outlets such as USA Today and CNN. He also serves on the Church Services Team at the International Mission Board. Ed's primary role is Vice President of Research and Ministry Development for LifeWay Christian Resources.