Ascending leaders provided valuable coaching to New Life Church in Spring, TX, as we went through the process of developing and implementing a discipleship path that the church will use to help people grow spiritually. Ascending Leaders' Ten Step Guide for creating a discipleship path was particularly useful in helping our discipleship team define the road map of steps we needed to take in developing the pathway. Mike Johnson provided valuable coaching on a regular basis to our Pastor and Discipleship Team Leader. He helped us anticipate important questions and decisions that we would need to address. He provided access to videos, articles, forms and exercises that gave us great insight while we were developing a discipleship pathway that would be most useful in helping people in their spiritual progression.
As nonprofits go, Ascending Leaders sets the bar for accountability and for keeping the people they serve at the forefront. Their leadership has a very, very caring and empathetic heart. While many nonprofits do an admirable job in the day-to-day delivery of their services, Ascending Leaders takes that to the next level by thinking strategically about those they serve and plans for both long term and near term success. Were I looking for an organization into which I could pour my time and treasures, Ascending Leaders would be top of my list.
I have worked with Ascending Leaders for approximately 1.5 years, and AL is a top performance Non Profit! AL advises & advances Churches in economic & administrative ways. My best way to describe AL’s tremendous value is to use AL’s FLOURISH as an acronym of value. F is to find your place in your spiritual growth continuum. L is long for a life of more. O is your Oneness with God. U is understand your intimacy with God & your selflessness with others. R is for results of deep empathy & value. I is for inspiring others to go deeper in oneness with God. S is to steward every opportunity that God entrusts with you. H is to honor God through your transformation.
We have been supporting Ascending Leaders for as long as it has been in existence. This organization is governed by a board of directors who have been diligent in giving direction, making sure that good work is done and is very responsible in terms of wise discretion as to how the available funds are spent. We are very confident that this organization is well run and is judicious in its use of available funds.
Ascending Leaders has done excellent work on behalf of our congregation. Via Dr. Mike Johnson's leadership and coaching expertise, we've been able to discern a clear direction for 2017-2020/21, with workable objectives and concrete action steps to move us forward. We highly recommend Ascending Leaders!
Pastor Dave Hornor
Peace Community Church in Houston, TX
Ascending Leaders' "Charting Your Course" is proving to be great material for the adults of our congregation. People are wrestling with God's call on their lives, their unique experiences and giftings and the role of both positive and painful experiences in shaping our lives. Great stuff!
We love the work of discipleship that Ascending Leaders is doing and have been supporters for many years
I have been a supporter of Ascending Leaders for many years and have served as a group guide in my church through numerous AL studies with both ladies groups and a couples group. Ascending Leaders has been life changing for me and brought about much growth and relationship development with fellow church members. The materials truly call for personal evaluation and an "ascending" relationship with Jesus Christ leading to service to others.
I attended three Ascending Leaders' workshops. The content and leadership have given our church a much clearer direction to communicate the life transformation that God is doing in our church.
God used Ascending Leaders to help ground, focus, and seek God's guidance at Prairie City Christian Reformed Church. Because of the patient and cared filled work of Ascending Leaders PCCRC is maturing spiritually and this can be seen in our mindset shift to serving Prairie City and away from getting people into a pew.
Ascending Leaders has helped my church in Houston to become more effective in making disciples through their coaching and teaching services.
I am an executive pastor of discipleship at a United Methodist Church. Ascending Leaders, through its "10 Steps to a Clear DisciplePath" booklet, "DiscipleForward" workshop, one on one coaching, and its work with the Reveal Spiritual Life Assessment have helped us get much needed clarity about what a disciple is and how churches like mine create environment to produce them.
Ascending Leaders has been helping our church for the last three years. We wanted to have a clearer vision of what God wanted us as a church to do. Mike Johnson helped us have a clearer understanding of the gifts God has given us and how we might use those in our church and in our community. Mike was the facilitator but the Holy spirit was the leader. Mike continues to consult with us and encourages us to stay on track rather that just have a nice program that no one pay attention to.
I have been fortunate to have been working for Ascending Leaders for almost a year now. It has been such a gift to be a part of such an amazing organization! Mike Johnson has a heart for leading pastors and staff in discipling their congregations for Jesus Christ and coaching them every step of the way. The heart of the company is the Great Commission Jesus left for us! Ascending Leaders does not leave nor forsake anyone, as Hebrews 13:5 reminds us of God himself. Mike and the entire team of adjuncts will walk with you every step of the way in the journey of creating a culture of discipling as a part of everyday life!
Ascending Leaders, from the beginning, has a heart for churches flourishing - spanning small-group studies to church-wide workshops. Mike Johnson, President and Founder, is one of the most genuine people I know who truly "walks his talk," sharing his passion for the body of the church to deepen their understanding and love of God and Christ as well as spreading that love and Word to and through others! Anyone who has interacted with Ascending Leaders and/or Mike will tell you that their Spiritual life has been turbo boosted!!
I've been working at Ascending Leaders for almost 2 years - and I am very impressed with the organization. Its mission is to help churches, disciples and leaders flourish through coaching, teaching and resourcing, and this is what I see on a day-to-day basis. The staff and adjunct staff are focused on accomplishing the mission, and we see churches moving forward in growing their people in discipleship. It's a privilege to be part of this organization.
Mike Johnson brings people together to wrestle through relevant topics that can either enhance or deter people from growing as disciples of Jesus Christ within churches. I am thankful for the monthly conversations which have helped me narrow in on the heart of why we do ministry and the distractions that could sneak in and move us away from drawing people into deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
Ascending Leaders provided an amazing foundation for me just as I was starting as a new Director of Adult Discipleship in a large Presbyterian USA church in Tucson. The message and information are applicable for any community, allows for creativity and innovation, and reflects the Gospel. When I show people the information on discipleship from AL they inevitably nod and way, "Wow, this makes sense. I never thought about it this way."
I'm a Discipleship Pastor and consider myself fortunate to have had Dr. Mike Johnson as a professor while studying at Fuller Seminary. That was 3 years ago and I have remained in connection with Mike and Ascending Leaders because of the very good work that they are doing to equip pastors to lead their churches to define a discipleship path that is clear and effective. I highly recommend Ascending Leaders to any pastor who wants to get serious about the Great Commission, but isn't sure where to begin. This organization is truly a gift to the local church!
I joined as a new client for Ascending Leaders in Spring, 2017, with the intention of learning through a cohort group, and sharing ideas with that group. I've been especially pleased that through experience, example, and technology, Ascending Leaders has been able to push each of those in my group to excellence. What AL does to build leaders (in this case, leaders who make disciples of Christ) goes beyong the norm. They push us to establish goals for ourselves and our church, and AL holds us accountable. Through monthly calls, held online, we share our progress, our struggles, and our needs. It's a remarkable group of consultants, and I've recommended them several times to individuals needing leadership guidance for their church or ministry.
Ascending Leaders has helped several churches in our presbytery form a strategy for creating a discipleship pathway. They have taken our good intentions and focused them toward intentional ministry. They have moved these churches from lots of activity to meaningful activity. They are raising the bar on what it means to say we are Great Commission churches.