Three Templates to Create Your Leadership Development Plan

Three Templates to Create Your Leadership Development Plan

Leadership Development is a top priority, but it rarely happens. 

To actually develop the leaders God has assigned to your church, you need two things: cadence and content.

Our Leadership Development Plan helps you create a clear cadence while LeaderPulse gives you all of the necessary content to encourage, lead, and inspire your people. 

When you invest in your team, the investment multiplies as they are encouraged, motivated, and equipped to invest in the people and projects around them. 

You can access the Leadership Development Plan for free.

We have three versions for you: 

Printable PDF 

Google Template

Miro Template

Each version is customizable and designed to fit your needs. Whether you prefer to work with a physical product or an online collaborative product, there’s a version for you.

Here’s how to use them:

Printable PDF

Direct download the PDF to your computer, or select the printer icon in the top right corner.

You’ll notice that the PDF has two pages. The first page is the calendar. This is where you will develop your cadence. 

There are 4 rows (Meetings & Retreats, Exercises, Training, and Leadership Development Books) with 12 squares, one for each month of the year. You don’t necessarily need to fill in all of the squares, but they are available to you.

The second page is the content. Each of these squares act as a “sticky note” for you to place on your calendar. Some squares already have content on them. This is the content that is provided within LeaderPulse and is ready for you to implement.

If you don’t have LeaderPulse, or if you have an exercise or Leadership Book you would prefer outside of LeaderPulse, we have also provided blank sticky notes for you to write in your own content. These are also color-coded to keep everything organized and clear.

Tip: Laminate the pages so you can use them over and over again.

Google Template

To get started, click the blue “Use Template” button in the top right corner. This will create a new document in your Google Drive (you must have a google account to use this version.)

The first page is an example of a Leadership Development Plan using all of the pieces of content available in LeaderPulse.

The second page is your working document for you to drag and drop your content onto the page. On the right side of the page, you’ll find all of the sticky notes for you to drag and drop as well as blank ones for you to create your own.

Tip: Invite your team to the document to make it collaborative.

Miro Template

Miro is an online collaborative whiteboard platform. Imagine a whiteboard that you can view, edit, and collaborate with from anywhere.

Once you select the Miro template (button below), select the blue “sign up for free” button at the top of the screen.

You will be prompted to create your free Miro account. Once your account is created, you’ll be able to duplicate the board into your own account. To duplicate the board, click on the title at the top left, then select Duplicate.

Some Miro Tips:

Zoom In and out using the magnifying glass in the bottom right of your screen.

To move the elements on the plan, select the cursor in the left toolbar.


Here's an example of a completed Miro Board:



You can also add your team to this board to make it collaborative. Miro can be a fun and useful tool for your team.


LeaderPulse is the only solution that gives you all the content you need – for use right out of the box or easily customizable to meet your need –  to train all the leaders in your church.

But it’s more than a calendar…we have a whole library full of training materials…every meeting agenda, retreat plan, development exercise, training tool, and devotion all wrapped in an easy-to-customize plan.

Finally, you have an actual toolbox to DO leadership development, not just design a hypothetical system. 

Get LeaderPulse today (available until November 19th, 2021).

Data Made Practical: YouVersion Search Terms

Data Made Practical: YouVersion Search Terms

Here are the top ten search queries for the week ending September 9, 2021 on YouVersion.

People are clearly searching God’s Word for encouragement in dealing with emotions likely triggered by current events.  With all the confusion and angst in the world, it’s no wonder people are searching for verses to help them with anxiety, fear, and the feeling of being overwhelmed.

As people are actively looking for hope, it’s important they don’t just hear advice from friends, family, or Facebook.  These topics should be reflected in your preaching calendar or in your small group curriculum.

Even those not actively involved in a local church may recognize the Bible may provide peace in trying circumstances and be open to a new perspective.

Isaiah 55:8-9 says “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

The Bible can act as an anchor for people in difficult circumstances and your should rest in the fact that you have something eternally significant advice in an ever-changing and ever-difficult culture.

Think about these words (and the needs they represent) as you think about your events, emails, church sign, sermon, and all of your communication.

Coming Soon to Church Fuel

Coming Soon to Church Fuel

There's never been a better time to be a part of the Church Fuel community. In the coming months, we have plans to help you with strategy, leadership development, systems, finances, and church growth.


On November 9-10, we're hosting a two-day workshop called LeaderPulse. Our goal is to help you create a real leadership development plan for your team, one that's written down and ready to execute.

One of the biggest things we hear from pastors is while leadership development is important, it never seems to happen. We think that's because two things are missing: cadence and content.

We have all kinds of meetings on our calendars, but we rarely have leadership development time on our calendar. There's no regular cadence with our people. And even when we do sit down, conversations are loose and unfulfilling. LeaderPulse is going to show you a cadence that will work and give you the content you need to move leadership development from something you desire to something you do.

The event is free and there will be a charge for on-demand access. Church Fuel members can participate and get the on-demand version at no extra cost.

More than Money Workshop

Churches have a unique opportunity to help their people win with money. Not just talking about giving or stewardship, but truly helping their people in the area of finances.

The problem is that most church financial education is focused on debt elimination. The rallying cry of being debt-free is listed as the pinnacle of achievement. And while debt can certainly hinder people, it's not the ultimate goal. We need a more holistic approach.

We also need something more approachable than a 10-week, paid program. That just doesn't work with most people's schedules. We'd also love to see the church take more of a role in helping people, rather than simply point to other brands and building other businesses.

That's why we are creating the More than Money workshop. It's a 90-minute workshop that someone on your staff or in your church can teach. You can use it as the next step from a sermon series or even a community outreach event. The resource will come with graphics, slides, teaching notes, a presentation guide, a workbook, and take-home assignments.

You can offer this program to your church. You can host this event for your community. You can start helping your people have a healthy relationship with money.

Premium Courses

We're currently working on two premium, on-demand courses to help your church.

The first course is called The Business of Church. Pastors typically aren't trained in the areas of systems, processes, finance, people management, strategy, operations, or technology. Yet many of us soon realize these things are a part of leading a healthy and growing church. This course will help you lead a well-organized and well-run church. It will walk you through the six components of a well-run church and have exercises to help you take action.

The second course in development is called Preaching Academy. Creating in conjunction with our friends at Ministry Pass, this six-session course will give you fresh ideas for writing and delivering a weekly sermon.  We walk through sermon preparation, giving practical tips on creating engaging messages that lead people to action.


The content we have planned for you is just part of how we can help your church. Many say it's the community that is the secret sauce of Church Fuel. Through office hours sessions and conversations in our private Facebook group, pastors are connecting with coaches and each other.

In 2022, we're going to begin offering premium coaching, intentionally walking churches through our four-step process. While Office Hours will remain a part of our program, this personalized coaching program will include set meetings, assignments, and outcomes.  It's a more traditional form of coaching, only grounded in our practical approach.

As we develop the coaching program, we will also be recruiting more coaches to join our family.  We will likely give several members the opportunity to coach other pastors.  Stay tuned for more details.

Members will get each of these resources as soon as they are released.  It's all a part of our #membersfirst strategy.

Data Made Practical: YouVersion Search Terms

Data Made Practical: Bible Search Trends

Each week, we take a current data point, share insights, and help make it actionable for your church.  It's a series we call Data Made Practical.

Here are the top five search topics on YouVersion for the week ending August 26, 2021.

What's noteworthy is that a couple “negative” search terms dropped or fell in the search rankings, while other “positive” terms took their place. With so much confusion in the world, it’s likely people are not just searching for their problems but searching for an antidote.

Tips to Make it Practical

  1. In your sermons and email communication, make sure you’re embracing the positive not just avoiding the negative. A sermon series about overcoming fear or dealing with baggage highlights problems, while a message focused on love or trust accentuates the positive.
  2. Share this data with your leadership team. Ask them to reflect on ways they can authentically lead others to embrace the positive.

In Philippians 4:8, Paul writes, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”

Intentionally helping your church embrace the positive aspects of our faith and actively pursuing the traits described as the fruit of the spirit is a helpful addition to teaching on dealing with the complexities and hardships of life today.

The $65 Haircut

The $65 Haircut

Last month, I was in Salt Lake City with my friend Chris creating a course to help churches do Facebook ads.

We got done a little early and I needed a haircut.

So I walked down to this fancy barbershop down the street from my hotel. When I arrived he told me they were a full-service barbershop and it would take about an hour and cost $65.

I’ve never spent that much money nor that much time on my hair, but I didn’t have anything else to do.

“Let’s go for it,” I told the hipster barber.

I sat down in the vintage leather barber’s chair and my new friend got to work.

For 10 minutes, he spritzed my hair with water and combed it every which way. “I’m trying to discover your natural part. You see, your wants to go in a certain direction.”

“Okay,” I said.

He trimmed and shaped, narrating every step of the way.

Then it was time for the wash.

“How often do you wash your hair,” he asked.

“Umm…every day,” I responded.

“Ohhh…that’s not good.” He went on to explain how hydrogen atoms and a chemical in my all-in-one Target shampoo should not co-exist.

After an uncomfortable conversation about conditioner, it was back to the chair for the finishing touches.

“Do you blow-dry your hair?” he asked.

At this point, I didn’t know the right answer.

Blow-drying didn’t seem good for the hydrogen, but he was holding a blow-dryer.

It turns out a little bit of mild heat helps lock in something or other and over time and trains wandering hairs to fall in line with where the others want to go naturally.

I had no idea.

The session ended with the application of a styling product, which I later learned via Amazon search, costs $60!

I’m not telling you this story to make fun of my fancy barber in any way. Quite the contrary. He knew a lot about hair and hydrogen.

He was an expert in his craft.

I’m sharing this story because the way he thinks about hair is the way our team thinks about church leadership.

We want to be experts, not so that we can feel smart, but so we can help you. We want to be on the front lines, bringing you best practices and fresh ideas so that you can reach your community for Jesus.

That’s why we create courses, design resources, and conduct LABS so you have everything you need for the ministry you’re called to do.

We now offer Live Classes to members.

As a Church Fuel member, you can take as many classes as you want from our faculty of expert instructors. This real-time learning is available to other leaders in your church too, since you can add people to your Church Fuel account at no extra cost.

In addition to those Live Classes, members also get all of our on-demand courses, an invite to monthly LABS, the searchable Resource Library, and Office Hours with any of our ministry coaches when you need one-on-one help.

See everything that’s included with membership here.