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The purpose of this project is to engage young Christian leaders in a process of leadership development through mentoring and coaching in order to cultivate leaders for future generations at New Life. New Life has preserved and raised three generations of disciples that have faithfully served in the church. Yet the church has struggled to adequately address the leadership crisis that looms. This is particularly evident with the millennial generation represented at New Life, those born approximately between 1981 and 1996. This age group is an integral part of the church, but it is slowly diminishing in number and influence.

This project seeks to address the matter through the intentional mentoring and coaching of emerging leaders from its millennial constituency. The strategic initiative that was implemented invited four millennial emerging leaders into a coaching relationship for eight to twelve weeks. The initiative took a more relational approach and was designed to be an integration of both mentoring and coaching functions. It drew heavily on Dr. Terry Walling’s Leader Breakthru resources, Focused Living and IDEA Coaching Pathway, to provide the necessary structure.

The general goals of the initiative itself were to help participants get divine perspective on their lives in order to help clarify their calling from God, and then to empower them to begin living it out. Toward these ends, the initiative was a success. By and large, it verified that mentoring and coaching is in fact a viable means of empowering future millennial leaders. Indeed, there are some gaps to fill in the overall strategy. With confidence, this project is offered to New Life as a catalytic tool for intentionally developing leaders from the next generation and for future generations.

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

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Walling, Terry

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Mentoring, Coaching, Christian leadership, Church work with immigrants, Immigrants, Youth, Leadership


Leadership Studies | Missions and World Christianity | Practical Theology


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