The refreshingly practical program to set you up for a lifetime of gospel ministry

A one-year program of ten masterclass sessions for ministry apprentices and church volunteers. Our churches need spiritually vibrant, evangelistically urgent, theologically driven and practically skilled church leaders. This program will help you get there.

Ministry isn't meant to be done, or learned, alone

Learn to Lead empowers you to lead thoughtful and effective ministries at your church
✅ Identify core gospel convictions with ministry
✅ Learn how church leaders across the country are discipling and mobilising for mission
✅ Connect with others who are in a similar situation to you and compare notes

It’s a program that has godly, wise leaders who will invest in your apprentices and church volunteers. They’ll bring back knowledge and wisdom to your church, and back in discussion with you.

It’s worth the financial cost of sending them to Learn to Lead. Nowhere else will you get that wide variety of godly, capable leaders and teachers of God’s word for that price.
James Hoey
Ministry Training Strategy (MTS) Victorian Partnership Developer

Learn to Lead gives an extra voice that compliments yours in training an apprentice. They’ll get to network with experienced ministry practitioners from other places. Your apprentice will get fresh perspectives –  they’ll bring back something to the table that will help push and challenge your own thinking on local ministry.

We’ve got to play the long game with apprentices. The more we invest in the formation of them now, the more they will be healthy, enduring gospel workers. I get the cost of time and money to do Learn to Lead to your church right now, but it’s worth it.

Russell Schmidt
Ministry Training Strategy (MTS) Director of Training

Over 39 churches have supported their apprentices and key volunteers to do Learn to Lead

  • MBM Church
  • Vine Church
  • Grace City Church
  • Grace West Anglican Church
  • Christ Church Gladesville
  • The Bridge Church
  • EV Church
  • Coast Evangelical Church
  • Lake Mac Evangelical Church
  • South-West Evangelical Church
  • St John’s Cathedral Parramatta
  • Manning Bible Church
  • Hunter Bible Church
  • Cross and Crown: Melbourne
  • Laneway Church
  • Wagga Wagga Evangelical Church
  • Central Village Anglican Church
  • Dubbo Presbyterian Church
  • Enfield and Strathfield Anglican Church
  • St Luke’s Anglican Church Miranda
  • Auburn Anglican Church

Learn to Lead was really refreshing to get to learn from different people with a wide range of experiences, instead of just from people in your own ministry context. It was well-presented and organised, and helped me think about how to do healthy ministry. 

I enjoyed the session on teamwork, and also thinking about international ministry in Australia – what it looks like to have all the nations here on our shores.

The family systems content was great too, it was about the complexity of family networks and the people who we minister to. It was helpful and applicable.

Lisa Amos
Ministry Apprentice at the University of Southern Queensland with the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students

Do Learn to Lead if you are

A ministry apprentice or high level church volunteer

Wanting to learn from key church leaders across the country

Someone who doesn’t want to keep doing things just because it’s the way it’s always been done

Willing to ask the hard questions about what it looks like to reach Australia with the gospel

People *really* like Learn to Lead

I loved it!

I'm in a space where I'm allowed to say I don't understand.

I grew hugely in my understanding of what ministry looks like in a local church.

I got the confidence to participate in discussions with people in ministry.

It's a really wonderful starting point to begin to understand church ministry.

I started to understand why we did things in my church a certain way.

It's super valuable, particularly if you're stepping into MTS.

Learn to Lead gives you insight into all these areas of church life.

It's the best way to get a snapshot of what ministry looks like. So why on earth would you not do it?

You hear from so many excellent thinkers about how to do ministry well.

There's gold to glean from all the presenters.

Learn to Lead gives you insight into all these areas of church life.

We tackled how to lead teams, how to interact with your staff team and how to think about evangelism.

You get thoughtful pastors sharing what they're passionate about.

It's helped me to think more strategically and think more big picture.

I started setting goals for our youth group.

Learn to Lead changed the way I spoke to my team and how I led meetings.

It helped me articulate to others that we want to see lives transformed through Jesus.

I run a welcoming team at church, and I started telling my team the reasons why we do things a certain way.

Learn to Lead raised my vision of what's happening across Australia.


Join a community as you share goals and next steps for ministry.

Online training

Meet with people across the country one Friday morning a month from 9.30 to 11.30am. Hear from a key church leader about an area of ministry they’re passionate about.

National Conference

Meet everyone in person in May 2024 along with 1,000 church leaders from across Australia.

Check out the 2023 program to get an idea of what the 2024 program will look like

Friday 10 February 2023

Derek Hanna is the Director of Church Planting for Reach Australia.

Friday 10 March 2023

Dave Jensen is the Assistant Director of Evangelism and New Churches in the Anglican Diocese of Sydney.

Matt and Katy are in ministry roles at churches in the Trinity Network in South Australia.

Monday 8 May – Thursday 11 May 2023

Friday 9 June 2023

Greg Lee is the Senior Pastor at Hunter Bible Church in Newcastle NSW.

Friday 21 July 2023

Eugene Hor leads the English ministry team at GracePoint Church in Sydney, which he and his wife Pauline helped plant in 1999.

Friday 11 August 2023

Rory Shiner is the Senior Pastor of Providence City Church in Perth.

Friday 8 September 2023

Gary Millar is the principal of Queensland Theological College.

Friday 13 October 2023

Craig Foster is the Assistant Senior Minister at Norwest Anglican Church

Friday 11 November 2023

Al Stewart is the National Director of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches in Australia. He has also worked with City Bible Forum, Geneva Push and Katoomba Christian Convention, as well as serving as a bishop and director within the Sydney Diocese of the Anglican Church.

Ask a question

Got questions?

The online workshop is once a month online on a Friday morning between 9.30 and 11.30am.

The pre-reading will take about 2 hours a month.

Learn to Lead is $250 per person. If the cost is a problem, please reach out and we’ll see how we can help. You also receive 50% off your National Conference ticket.

Yes, you’ll get to connect in person at the Reach Australia National Conference in May 2024.

50% off the ticket price 🙂

Trainers are sent the pre-reading so that they can see what’s being learned and discussed. Trainers are encouraged to discuss and help trainees implement what they’re learning.

If your trainer doesn’t know what Learn to Lead is and has lots of questions, we are happy to organise a call with Derek Hanna, Director of Church Planting at Reach Australia, to discuss the program. Send them this webpage and fill out the contact form so we can get in touch.

All the sessions will be recorded and you can be sent a link to watch the workshop afterwards. We strongly encourage you to make every effort to attend the workshop live, especially so you can partake in the Q&A sessions and other discussions.

Contact us and we’ll discuss 🙂

At the end of the year there’ll be an opportunity for you to have a one-on-one conversation with Derek Hanna, Director of Church Planting at Reach Australia to discuss professional development, ministry next steps and up-skilling. You’ll be invited to investigate other programs and training opportunities in the Reach Australia network.