Becoming a Second Chair Leader

A six-session online lab on becoming an Executive Pastor of Excellence
(with Mike Bonem)

They say it’s lonely at the top. And it can be even lonelier when you are almost at the top.

Church leaders who hold “second chair” positions are under tremendous pressure. They are expected to do their jobs and provide leadership but defer to the top leader, too. It’s a demanding balancing act. How can they lead effectively while serving under someone else’s leadership?

Our Becoming a Second Chair Leader Online Lab is an invaluable resource to leaders who serve in second (and third and fourth) chair roles, enabling them to become more productive, proactive, and fulfilled. These leaders must be subordinate to the top leader yet lead in their own right. They should be deep in their expertise but wide in perspective. And they must be content in their jobs yet remain enthusiastic about their dreams for the future.

  • Target audience: new XP’s and individuals who are interested in exploring the XP role as the next step in their careers, as well as people who are considering moving from business into ministry roles.

  • End results: each participant will have a greater understanding of the XP role and will develop an individual action plan with specific next steps.

Your Becoming a Second Chair Leader Lab Experience

Each Lab experience includes:

6 Online Interactive Group Meetings 
with a small cohort of like-minded individuals

Offline learning opportunities and exercises to push your team forward

Two Individual Personalized Coaching sessions for each participant

Private Basecamp for ongoing communication
and collaboration

Our Next Lab Starts January 2021!

Tuition for the 6-Session experience  is just $850 for individuals.  Individualized ongoing coaching is available for an additional fee following the completion of this lab.

Helping You Become an Executive Pastor of Excellence

Here’s what we’ll explore:

  • SESSION 1: What is a second chair leader?

  • SESSION 2:  Three paradoxes of leading from the second chair

  • SESSION 3: The relationship that enables an XP to thrive

  • SESSION 4: Key skills for second chair leaders

  • SESSION 5: Managing staff

  • SESSION 6: Pitfalls to avoid and next steps

Format: 

  • 2-hour Zoom meetings, every other week
  • No more than 40% presentation each session, with various forms of interaction for the rest of the time.
  • Use a variety of Zoom features, including presentation, polls, and breakout rooms
  • 2 individual (45-minute) coaching sessions for each participant
  • Each participant will complete a “growth plan” – either how they will develop in the XP role, steps they will take to prepare for an XP role, or reflections on whether the XP role is a good fit for them

Your Lab Facilitator

Mike Bonem

Mike Bonem

Mike Bonem is a Christ-follower, consultant, coach, writer, husband and father. He loves to help churches and ministries, and their leaders, reach their God-given potential. Mike’s books on ministry leadership include: Leading from the Second Chair, Thriving in the Second Chair, In Pursuit of Great and Godly Leadership, and Leading Congregational Change. He has worked with some of the nation’s leading churches and has spoken across the country and internationally on topics related to ministry leadership and congregational effectiveness.

Reserve Your Spot for the
Becoming a Second Chair Leader Lab

Tuition for the 6-Session experience  is just $850 for individuals.  Individualized ongoing coaching is available for an additional fee following the completion of this lab.

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