"The church was designed by God to be the instrument for life transformation,

and God seeks to use leaders like you to make it effective in doing so."

- Dr. Mike Ayers

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Mike Ayers, Ph.D.

Course Instructor

Church planter, lead pastor of 25 years, professor and author of the book on church leadership called POWER TO LEAD.

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"I am a church planter, a missionary, and a senior pastor in Seoul, South Korea. Dr. Ayers shaped my pastoral leadership through his teaching and the powerful example of his life. "

SungHa Kim

Senior Pastor

  • Relevant Topics: teaching that addresses the questions you're asking

  • ​Tools & Exercises: listening guides, practical resources and application

  • ​Powerful Connections: immediately transfer what you learn into your church




This basic course is perfect to get you started in ministry, and reminds even experienced leaders of what's most important. Topics include leading like Jesus, the leader's identity, your vision and calling, discovering your spiritual gifts, and teaching that transforms.

Five 60-minute video sessions



A steeper climb into relevant topics to grow your church. Subjects include how to lead change, managing conflict, building highly effective ministry teams, creating culture, structuring church leadership, and principles of church health and growth.

Six 60-minute video sessions


301: SUMMIT       


Topics to help you reach the top of your leadership potential: the stewardship of power, waking your church spiritually, communicating vision, being mission-minded and gospel-driven, effective volunteer systems, and executive time-management (sabbath-keeping).

Six 75-minute video sessions


BUNDLE PRICE: Receive all 3 courses for only $599! ($150 value)

That's 10 video sessions and 6 weeks of ECL SUMMIT— a complete package of church leadership training— for this limited-time-only price.



First time attendees receive a free Power to Lead book,

PLUS a free e-book: "Tough Calls: Decision-Making & the Leader" 

Attendees to ECL 201 and the ECL 301 receive a free 30-minute

VIP Q&A session with Dr. Mike Ayers

Alumni receive a $25 discount for any other course

Sign up as a group of 5 or more and each receives a 10% discount

Give a course as a gift to someone and receive a 10% discount

* discounts cannot be combined with other discounts

Private group training and individual consultation available. See Training Page for details.


"Dr. Ayers excels in instruction, guiding and motivating students in discovering their divine design. His teachings have been a tremendous resource in my leadership and my current pursuits of the Doctor of Education (EdD) degree. I am incredibly blessed to benefit from his teaching."

Dre Burgs

Executive Director / Lead Pastor


"Dr. Ayers has a unique ability to motivate and inspire people to lead as a reflection of who they are as individuals. As a former student, I can say he makes his students feel respected and valued. His teaching has guided my leadership for almost two decades."

Darwin Pennye

Exec. Dir. (KC Royals Youth Academy)


"Dr. Mike's approach is not “theory” but a real-world, practical approach. He teaches you to lead from your heart, head and hands to develop those around you to be more productive in work and in life. He gives you realistic, sensible guidance on how to lead others more effectively."

Phil Reynolds

CEO, Reynolds Consulting

"A Perfect Match!"

"His teaching, friendship and mentoring were the perfect match for someone with my drive to succeed in a ministry profession and a team-oriented environment. I feel lucky to have been part of Mike’s leadership development that has allowed me to achieve my goals as a leader."  ​

Chad Overton

NextGen Pastor


"Dr. Ayers guides students how to clearly define biblical leadership. His knowledge and practical teachings provide motivation to live to your maximum potential as a leader. His book "Power to Lead" (available in Spanish) is an inspiration for those seeking to represent the leadership of Jesus".​

Edith Carona

College Admissions Advisor / Recruiter

"Thank you!"

"Each week I was challenged in my leadership beliefs. Before I began the program, I questioned whether or not I was cut out for leadership. However, as the classes continued, I realized God was calling me to ministry leadership and I still lean on many of Dr. Ayers' insights. Thank you!"

Michael F. Brown

Executive Pastor

Hey Leader!

Do you want to go to the next level in your church leadership and personal life?


That's exactly what this program is designed to help you do! I've poured my heart, my education, and over 25 years of church leadership experience into this resource. This is the place to be informed and inspired in leading your ministry!


Join a community of passionate leaders just like you and be equipped, empowered and encouraged to elevate your leadership!

I would love to help you serve, lead, and live as God has called you. If you have a question about the program or if I may help, email meI hope to connect with you soon!

- Dr. Mike

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