Friends Southwest is dedicated to deliberately developing pastors and ministry leaders into the men and women God has called them to be. We come alongside FSW churches to provide leadership development pathways, pastoral mentorship and coaching, and assist with discerning next steps in one's calling.
The FSW Leadership Foundation is a twelve-week leadership development program designed to grow and train leaders within FSW churches in three distinct commitments:
A commitment to the Whole Gospel
A commitment to Becoming and Belonging
A commitment to Learning and Leading
Through intentional teaching and guided cohorts, the Leadership Foundation creates a shared experience and united footing for pastors, church staff, and lay leaders across FSW. Those who participate in it are challenged to deeply understand and experience the depth and breadth of the Gospel. They 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 and ministry development.
The Leadership Foundation currently runs in Los Angeles and Orange County with plans to expand into other regions soon.
My wife and I have loved our experience in Leadership Foundation. From the start we were given a clear roadmap of the course material along with the books we would be going over as a cohort. Going through these resources with other committed leaders week in and week out was a great experience of spiritual growth. Additionally, there were amazing speakers each month that helped us further develop our understanding of leadership and God's calling for our lives.