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Critical Skills for Emerging Leaders

Build an effective missions culture in which team members are confident with their abilities, strong in their spirituality, and inspired to be on mission. Because the vitality and influence of any organization depends on the maturity and effectiveness of their team members, Critical Skills for Emerging Leaders focuses on how to engage those team members and maximize their kingdom impact. 

I thought this was the most useful conference that I have attended on leadership to date. It gave relevant, tactical information that I can clearly use with my team. I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent at the conference.

—Leadership Training Course Attendee

Participant Profile 

This course is designed for emerging leaders in their mid 20s to late 30s. Explore the challenges you face in mission agency and church leadership positions and focus on enhancing skills required to mature and become more effective. 

I think for anyone in a current leadership position, or anyone looking to be in a leadership position would benefit from attending. It’s was a great foundation on leadership.

—Leadership Training Course Attendee

What You’ll Learn 

You will learn how to be an effective part of a team. Discover the practical aspects of who God has wired you to be and how to proactively develop those strengths. You will build a culture of ongoing development, strong collaboration, and being on mission. 

Why You Want to Participate 

Engage with other emerging leaders in a 2.5-day in-person event that addresses your spiritual foundation for leadership as well as personal leadership awareness and effectiveness. Connect as a group to explore team life, organization lifecycles and culture, plus ongoing leadership development. 

Following the live event will be 4 monthly virtual cohort-based coaching sessions to address each topic in detail and focus on practical issues you face. 

How It Will Help You 

This is your opportunity to develop your personal leadership style, enabling you to analyze and develop within your organization. This course will make you proficient in personal leadership analysis and development. But most importantly, it will help you to build cultural awareness for your organization to serve on mission. 

I had multiple instances throughout the week where I thought to myself “I wish so-and-so from my organization could be here for this session! We have been talking about this and I think they could really benefit.” The topics were very relevant to the type of ministry/organization I am working in.

—Leadership Training Course Attendee

Event Overview 

A 2.5-day live event in Winter Park, Florida will introduce you to the key topics on personal leadership, team leadership and organizational leadership.

Each day will begin with time in the word with our guest teacher Pete Geiger the Teaching Pastor of Oviedo City Church.  Pete is a dynamic teacher and leader who will help us focus our attention on who we are as spiritual leaders as we begin each day.

The content was excellent. The sessions and schedule were well planned. The location was very nice and conducive to learning and reflection.

—Leadership Training Course Attendee

Some of our other speakers include:

Kevin W. McCarthy is the author of The On-Purpose Person, The On-Purpose Business Person, FIT 4 Leading, Chief Leadership Officer, and TOUGH SHIFT.   His crusade is eradicating meaningless from the planet and his tool of choice is www.ONPURPOSE.me. You’ll be using this tool to find your purpose in life. 

Steve Moore is the create of the Identity Profile Self-Awareness Tool (IPSAT). He serves as the president of nexleader and Growing Leaders. He has helped thousands of people grow their Identity Self-Awareness through his writing, speaking and network of IPSAT coaches. Steve is the author of six books, including Grow Toward Your Dreams.

Andrea Buczynski serves as the Vice President for Global Leadership Development and HR for Cru/Campus Crusade for Christ, where she oversees the people function for the global organization. She will be helping us examine our hearts so that we can lead with a spirit filled focused and not try to lead out of self-effort.

Dr. Ted Esler serves as the President of Missio Nexus.  Ted will focus our time on what sinks and sidetracks leaders.  He will help set a course to stay focused for the long-haul of ministry.

Iris Lowder serves on the Member Development team at Pioneers. Iris will lead our time focus on how to lead teams well, especially in finding unity and navigating conflict.

Tom Mauriello who is the Executive Director of Reliant Mission.  Tom will engage us with the Competing Values Framework and help us to create a new framework for leading and managing teams within our organizations.

Dr. Jennifer Holloran is the Chief Operating Officer of Wycliffe Bible Translators.  Jennifer will help us better understand how innovation and design thinking can be tools for us to lead our organizations into the future.

Following the live Emerging Leaders event in February each participant will be able to participate in an IPSAT assessment. IPSAT is an assessment tool followed by a multi-step module based learning, and one-on-one individual coaching. This process designed by Steve Moore the President of nexleader has impacted many leaders. Tim Elmore the Founder and CEO of Growing Leaders has said, “I’m such a believer in this resource all of our staff and interns engage with the IPSAT. It’s a core aspect of our commitment to help every team member bring their best to work and life.” The IPSAT process will help you to grow your self-awareness and lead yourself better.

8 training modules
• The Art of Self-Leadership and the Power of Self-Awareness
• Exploring Your Personality (includes assessment)
• Discovering Your Strengths (includes assessment)
• Developing Your Skills (includes Skills Inventory)
• Refining Your Personal Values (includes Personal Values Inventory)
• Uncovering Your Passions (includes MyPassionProfile)
• Discovering your Identity Profile with IPSAT (includes one-on-one coaching session)
• Using Self-Awareness and Self-Leadership to Bring Your Best to Work

This assessment, training, and coaching is a value of $795 and it is included for free as part of Emerging Leaders!


Michael VanHuis has been with Missio Nexus since September 2015 and is currently serving in the role of Vice President. Michael started in missions by serving with Pioneers in 1997 as a field missionary in Ghana, West Africa, and continued service on their International Leadership Team and Director of Operations for Pioneers USA. In 2005, Michael became the Missions Pastor for Northland Church in Orlando, Florida, overseeing all local to global missions. In 2012, Michael joined the OneWay Ministries staff as Executive Vice President and served with them until joining Missio Nexus in the fall of 2015. Michael earned a Masters of Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and has traveled widely around the globe serving many national leaders and ministries. He and his wife, Laura, have five children and currently live in Aurora, Illinois. 

This event will have a limited number of registrations available. 


This event is hosted at San Pedro Center, 2400 Dike Road, Winter Park, Florida 32792. 


Live event begins with a welcome dinner on Tuesday February 15, 2022. Lunches, dinners, and breaks will be provided. Live event concludes at 12:00 PM on February 18. (The evenings on the 16th and 17th will be free after dinner.) 

Four monthly virtual coaching sessions will follow with four additional speakers.


Price includes event materials, meals, room, board, four virtual coaching sessions and the IPSAT process which alone is a value of $795. 
$750 for Missio Nexus Members 
$900 for Non-members 

Accommodation is included with registration. For those who are local and prefer to commute, a discounted commuter ticket is available. ($550 Members/$700 Non-Members) 

Registration Cancellation. If you must cancel for any reason, a $25 cancellation fee will be assessed up to 30 days prior to the event. After this time, there is no refund available, however, where appropriate, you may substitute someone from your organization. 

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