What is LeaderWorks?

Every church leader needs someone outside their church environment to talk to. They need someone they can trust; they need to find someone who can listen to them well and offer wise counsel and encouragement. That’s LeaderWorks!

 

LeaderWorks, has this one thing in mind. We are here to help you do the work that God has called you to do.

 

We work with leaders to help refine their God-given vision and assess the strengths of their congregational. We can help church teach and build their way out of a financial crisis. We help some leaders plan a good exit. We even work within the diocese or the national church to implement robust programming or teaching for clergy and con-gregational leadership.

 

Explore this site to see how I might be able to help you.

 

Everyday I pray this prayer of the Apostle Paul for each the leader I work with. Perhaps I can include your name too! “That our God may make you worthy of his call-ing and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power.” (2 Thess 1:11)

No matter how God has called you to serve and what challenges you are facing, let’s talk about how we can help you. Drop me a note below. We can schedule a time to talk.

A Bit about Me

In 1985, the Lord called my wife Fran and me to move to the suburban city of Plano, Texas to start a church from scratch. There was no core group. No remnant. No one asking for a new church in this bedroom community outside of Dallas. But at the age of 31, I answered the call to plant this congregation.

 

Christ Church became a family of faith in the North Dallas corridor that continues to serve its surrounding cities and communities. The biblically based Anglican congregation is deeply rooted in the historic faith of the church. However, everything in the church has been intentionally crafted to be both modern and ancient, remaining a relevant, vibrant presence for people to worship and grow as disciples.

 

This is the most amazing place I could have imagined. Over my 31 years there, I saw God perform miracles at all levels in the congregation. I won’t forget a moment of it. Through a series of agonizing sessions in prayer and counsel, I felt the Lord say to me in no uncertain terms that I should step back from my role as Rector and begin a movement to help him teach and train pastors. In both sadness and faith, I stepped down from my role as Rector of the most attended Anglican church in the country to launch a nonprofit, LeaderWorks.

My time at Christ Church was a loving laboratory to learn what faithful ministry can be. We created ways to engage with people in our church and in our community that had never been tried before. We helped overseas missionaries, we planted churches, walked through capital campaigns, restructured staffs—and we did it all in the weekly and daily rhythms of our liturgical worshipping life together.

 

But in my work as a coach and consultant, I am not trying to reproduce my own happy experience. Because I’ve learned (through many trials!) that every ministry is contextual and every solution will succeed only as it faithfully responds to the people and possibilities of a particular place.

History

In 1985, the Lord called my wife Fran and me to move to the suburban city of Plano, Texas to start a church from scratch. There was no core group. No remnant. No one asking for a new church in this bedroom community outside of Dallas. But at the age of 31, I answered the call to plant this congregation.

 

Christ Church became a family of faith in the North Dallas corridor that continues to serve its surrounding cities and communities. The biblically based Anglican congregation is deeply rooted in the historic faith of the church. However, everything in the church has been intentionally crafted to be both modern and ancient, remaining a relevant, vibrant presence for people to worship and grow as disciples.

 

This is the most amazing place I could have imagined. Over my 31 years there, I saw God perform miracles at all levels in the congregation. I won’t forget a moment of it. Through a series of agonizing sessions in prayer and counsel, I felt the Lord say to me in no uncertain terms that I should step back from my role as Rector and begin a movement to help him teach and train pastors. In both sadness and faith, I stepped down from my role as Rector of the most attended Anglican church in the country to launch a nonprofit, LeaderWorks.

 

My time at Christ Church was a loving laboratory to learn what faithful ministry can be. We created ways to engage with people in our church and in our community that had never been tried before. We helped overseas missionaries, we planted churches, walked through capital campaigns, restructured staffs—and we did it all in the weekly and daily rhythms of our liturgical worshipping life together.

But in my work as a coach and consultant, I am not trying to reproduce my own happy experience. Because I’ve learned (through many trials!) that every ministry is contextual and every solution will succeed only as it faithfully responds to the people and possibilities of a particular place.

2018 Annual Report from LeaderWorks

This Donor Report could have been a lot longer. I think you are entitled to know what I know about this ministry and to share its good fortune and its challenges.

 

That said, most of what I want to say is good…good news!

 

Last year was one of the most remarkable years I have ever experienced, and there would be so much to tell you on a personal and a ministry level. I have seen the steady hand of God guiding me, and directing me in ways that I haven’t felt in years. I have not welcomed ALL the guidance I have received if you know what I mean. It has not been an easy year. But again, the hand of God has been clear and evident to me.

 

The year (2018) began with a single idea in the back of my mind: “Help leaders do their work.” That has been my motto for a while…and it seems to have caught on.

 

The first few years of LeaderWorks were the ‘establishment years.’ I was trying to get the name and the availability ‘out there’ for people to see and know. I consulted with many churches, spoke to many church leaders, and did some coaching and mentoring as I could. I did what I could at the Provincial level and for our Diocese. It was all wonderful. I think I helped quite a few churches turn some significant corners.

 

Also, in these ‘establishment years,’ I wrote a book called Giving Up. For those who have read it and taken its teaching to heart, they tell me that it has been the BEST guidebook to the subject of stewardship and generosity they have ever known.

 

One young rector wrote this to me:

 

“I purchased your incredible book and went through your training through LeaderWorks several months ago. Our entire Vestry read Giving Up together in the fall.

Through October and early November, I did a preaching series based on 2 Corinthians 8 & 9, and I wanted to share some amazing things with you.

(Our church) witnessed two miracles this Christmas season: 1) we raised almost $14k for a missionary in Sri Lanka so he could buy a car to do ministry there, and 2) in December, we brought in three times the amount of our monthly average for 2018.

I don’t know if you remember, but (last year when I saw you), I said that I thought your best years were ahead of you. I still stand by that now.”

2018

I never expected what took place to happen because of the book, and, honestly, because of the grace and goodness of God. By the end of the year, LeaderWorks had gone from being a ‘start-up’ serving wherever needed to a vital para-church ministry with a significant role in the future of the Anglican Church in North America.

 

In short, this is what happened last year:

 

• We are the publisher for “Anglican Pastor,” which is the most widely read online blog and resource for the ACNA. When we took it over, and I immediately re-worked the site to serve both the lay leaders and the clergy that rely on it. We have a new focus, a great editorial team, and a beautiful fresh look.

 

• The Rectors’ Summit for Vision and Planning that I had started in the first days of LeaderWorks, came under our direct leadership. In other words, LeaderWorks assumed responsibility for it. I focused the teaching on the skill and craft of preaching. Our first effort at the ‘newly revised’ RSVP was in December of last year, and it was one of the most exciting things I have ever attended.

 

• I met with the Archbishop and his Development Officer in the fall of last year to get some details worked out…and it is all good. We have the start of a five-year relationship with the Province to provide the teaching and training to help congregations and church leaders embrace and develop the principle ideas behind generosity and stewardship.

LeaderWorks will produce the curriculum and online teaching to help congregations and vestries over the next few years. You will see a new website to house all of this material called The Evergreen Project. It is beautiful I think, and it will be a terrific opportunity to continue to accomplish our core purpose: to help leaders do their work.

 

One more thing: in about four different excursions, I hosted over 150 pastors, church members, bishops, and clergy through the Holy Land. The impact of that experience will reverberate for decades to come. It is just THAT powerful.

2019

I hesitate to make any predictions or promises for 2019 for a reason you might already guess. If I could not have predicted the progress of the last year, how can I know what the Lord might allow in the year ahead?

 

True enough, but I do have some ideas and dreams that will guide my efforts:

 

• I believe that we are just getting started with Anglican Pastor. With the new ‘everything’ that we have there, we have already seen a spike in readership. But in the year ahead, we will assemble some of our articles and posts into some curriculum to help teach the Christian faith.

 

• Both the RSVP effort and The Evergreen Project will give me the opportunity to encourage, train, and support other pastors and leaders at very practical levels. But I am committed to developing a group of young leaders who can stand in for me…and also do it themselves.

 

• I would also quickly add that you cannot teach about generosity and stewardship without helping churches and pastors understand vision and focus. Those topics will be offered as webinars and as stand-alone education for Vestries and ordained leaders.

 

• The preaching initiative itself will be an incredible opportunity to help the local church in very tangible ways. Most people do not believe me, but there is now NO CONTINUING EDUCATION requirement for clergy once they are ordained and in active ministry. I think that LeaderWorks can be a place where many will want to turn.

 

Those are MY plans, as it were. But I also know that God has His plans to which I will always submit.

 

As always, it is a joy to work for the spread of the Gospel and the continual strengthening of the church.

 

Faithfully yours in Christ,
The Rev. Cn. David Roseberry
Ex. Director, LeaderWorks
David@LeaderWorks.org
214-280-8291

Finances

Our finances are steady, thanks to you. LeaderWorks carries my salary, the cost of my office, six part-time colleagues across the US. Two of the team live in Chicago, one in Houston, one in the Carolinas, one in Ft. Worth, one in Atlanta, and one here. They are all part-time and have responsibility important pieces of our work. But we are getting the job done, and it is a big job.

 

The budget for LeaderWorks is about $450,000. Most of that is donations. Of that, I have earned about $120,000 from consulting ministry, contract labor, and from the trips that I take overseas. The rest comes from you! Now you see why I am so thankful… You actually make this all happen.

 

The Board will meet in March and approve the year-end financials, but you can see at a high level that you are so important to this ministry.

 

Finally, let me thank you again for your faithful giving and support of this ministry. I have tried to reach each one of you personally. You have invested in this ministry and me. I am forever grateful.

Drop me a note

Most every leader needs a strong friend and a good experienced partner who will listen, respect, and encourage… and gently nudge and even firmly push!

If you are looking for someone like that, we should talk.