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Church Coaching

The Thrive Church Network seeks to help congregations evaluate their ministries, redesign systems and structures, and develop strategies and action plans to tap their unrealized potential and achieve their goals. We are a department of the Illinois District Assemblies of God that primarily functions in the following ways:

Church Coaching

Through Church Coaching we facilitate cooperative peer learning in a one-year coaching program and partner with the leadership of the local church to accomplish the following goals:

  • To develop and empower leaders

  • To bring attention and focus to the church’s mission within their community

  • To encourage healthy responses to challenge and conflict

  • To "think outside the box" and address challenges. 

Our methods are relational and team oriented, seeking to keep existing leadership intact while increasing overall ministry productivity and effectiveness.


Church Planting

The Illinois District and Thrive Church Network are serious about seeing new churches developed in under-churched areas of Illinois. We seek to offer support to church planters through personal and church coaching resources.


 Coach Certification

In conjunction with Coach Approach Ministries, Thrive Church Network offers life leadership coach training classes that enable students to become credentialed as a Certified Leadership Coach through Coach Approach Ministries. Courses are approved by the International Coach Federation.


More News
Thrive Church Network News
7/13/16  W
What Is Church Health? by Julie Markese, Director of Thrive Church Network & Church Planting Church health is one of those concepts that’s hard to put into words. It’s like defining leadership or success or happiness. Defining church health... [more]
Thrive Church Network seeing results
12/9/15  W
by Julie Markese, director of Thrive Church Network They’re out there - pastors and churches who are praying, working hard, and seeing God move. They are finding increasing opportunities to build relationships with community leaders and making a... [more]
What Fuels Your Passion
7/22/14  T
by Julie Markese Everyone should know what gives true meaning to the work they do. It took me a long time, but I finally figured out what fuels mine. Teaching, mentoring, and discipleship have been aspects of ministry that I have always loved,... [more]
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