"The church was designed by God to be the instrument for life change and world 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



The ECL Course                 

This basic course reminds even experienced leaders of what's most important. Topics include 5 essentials to lead like Jesus, the leader's identity, managing things vs. leading people, discerning ministry vision, etc.

Five 60-minute video sessions


The ECL 201 Course

A deep dive into relevant topics for church leaders. Subjects include leading congregational change, handling conflict, creating great teams, building church culture, etc.

Five 75-minute video sessions


The ECL Roundtable          

This live, online forum includes mentorship of the group from Dr. Ayers, expert guest speakers, and enrollees learn from and encourage one another. A powerful opportunity for growth! PLUS, membership to a private Facebook group.

Six weekly 90-minute Zoom sessions


BUNDLE PRICE: Receive all 3 courses for only $499! ($150 value)

That's 10 video sessions and 6 weeks of ECL Roundtable— 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 receive the weekly ECL Insights newsletter via email with articles,

quotes and helpful tips to keep your church leadership moving. 

Attendees to ECL 201 and the ECL Roundtable 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 an intimate community of passionate leaders just like you and be equipped, empowered and encouraged in your next steps for effectiveness.

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 can help, email me.

I hope to connect with you soon!

- Dr. Mike

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