Friends Southwest is dedicated to deliberately developing pastors and ministry leaders into the men and women they have been called by God to be. We come alongside FSW churches to provide leadership development, pastoral coaching, and assist with church planting.

Leadership Journey

Leaders who participate in the Journey will be challenged to more deeply understand and experience the depth of the Gospel. They will also grow in self-awareness, becoming increasingly emotionally healthy and mature as they are equipped to think and lead like Jesus.

The ideal candidate is a staff member or key lay leader involved in a FSW church who desires to take the next step in their personal development.

“Being a part of the Leadership Journey has been an encouraging and humbling experience as I’ve explored…what it really means to take my spiritual leadership to the next level. Through personal, spiritual, and emotional guidance, I’ve become closer to God’s calling and direction in my life, and have been challenged each day to ask, what Is God saying to me today and how I can better serve in His Kingdom.”

Matt Dietz, Associate Pastor at Canyon Hills Friends Church
The FSW Leadership Journey is a nine-month leadership development program designed to grow and develop emerging leaders within FSW churches in three distinct commitments:
  • A commitment to the Gospel
  • A commitment of becoming and belonging
  • A commitment to learning and leading
The 2022-2023 Leadership Journey begins September 8, 2022. Interested candidates must apply by August 31, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Zimmerman (link to

Lead Pastor Cohort

The FSW Lead Pastor Cohort is a second-year option for leaders who have participated in the Leadership Journey and feel called to explore the possibility of becoming a Lead Pastor. This cohort is designed to develop future lead pastors who will plant churches, launch campuses, or lead and revitalize existing congregations.

The Cohort focuses on the character and competency required to lead a church. It helps develop practical thinking and strategic skills around leadership, communication, finances, and church governance. Participants are exposed to new avenues of thinking, a wide-range of guest speakers and practitioners, and are paired with a coach who is a few years ahead of them in the journey.

If you are interested in joining a future Lead Pastor Cohort or have questions about them, email

Coaching Cohorts

Throughout the Southwest, there are several leadership cohorts that meet on a regular basis. These groups exist to encourage pastors and ministry leaders by building community amongst those who lead FSW churches in similar geographic locations. If you would like information on joining a cohort or are interested in starting one in your area, email


Connect with us.

Phone: (714) 779-7662​
Location: 5211 Lakeview Ave. Building #3, Yorba Linda, CA 92886

Mailing: PO BOX 2079 Yorba Linda, CA 92885
MON-THURS 8 AM - 3:30 PM,

Interested in employment at a Friends Church?

See our current opportunities at friends churches in the southwest region.