Harbor Churches

One Church Family. Where you live.

2900 Baldwin Street
Hudsonville, Michigan 49426

Next Wave Leadership Program


Most of us are familiar with the concept of coaching in organized sports. A great coach brings out the best in their players. Without a coach, players leave potential on the field. Even the best players, playing their best game, still need a coach to help guide the team to victory. The same is true of leadership development.  When a leader makes an intentional investment in the life of a leader it can change the course of their life, ministry, and impact. All leaders need an intentional plan and pathway for how they will reach their potential.

At Harbor Churches, we are seeking to make an intentional investment in leaders through the Next Wave Leadership Program. Next Wave is a training program that equips emerging leaders to lead in their church, in their ministry and help start new churches. Participants get both hands-on experience in their ministry context and significant leadership training. The goal is to release qualified leaders to live out the calling God has placed on their lives. This is achieved by converging classroom learning, hands-on ministry experience, team-based collaboration, and one-on-one coaching. This one-on-one life and ministry development is the core of Next Wave. It is what enables God’s kingdom to grow exponentially and in healthy ways. It is what we believe is at the heart of discipleship and mission.

Next Wave leadership is designed to provide for a number of different tracks of learning. Some may be interested in developing their own leadership in ministry or in their life, while others might be interested in planting a new church. Still, others might be called to be a key leader in other churches outside of Harbor Churches. Our hope is to deploy leaders of all callings into the places they live and serve.  Specific areas of learning include; Spiritual Formation, Personal Leadership, Mission and Multiplication, Communication and Preaching, and other specific ministry areas (Kids, Students, Discipleship, Worship).

At Harbor Churches, emerging leaders and new staff are active participants of Next Wave. By fall of 2017, our plan is to broaden the scope of participation to leaders at all levels of our churches. We are also hoping to be in a place to invite leaders from other churches to join us in this intentional work of leadership development. So…if you know someone who would benefit from this opportunity, a new staff leader at your church, a college student who you see potential in, or someone you know God is moving towards ministry, Next Wave could be their next step.

For more information about joining the Next Wave Leadership Program please contact Joe Graham (Joe@harborchurches.org) or Tanner Smith (tanner@harborchurches.org).  More details will also be available by this coming June.