Create Safe Places, Safe Times, and Safe People for Your Leadership

God created us to be in community. Christ invites us to become more like him. But for many, the busyness of business, ministry, and life steal priority over our spiritual growth. In the process, we limit our effectiveness as kingdom leaders.

Lifelong Leadership offers a better way using Mentoring Communities—proven to bring safe places, safe times, and safe people into the demanding life of every leader. You will catch the vision and learn how to start a mentoring community so that your work thrives for years to come.


Christian Leaders Were Never Meant to Go It Alone

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MaryKate Morse represents a global team of leaders who, under the guidance of Leighton Ford, developed the Mentoring Communities model of group leadership development. She is a professor at Portland Seminary, a mentor for Lausanne Young Leaders, and a trainer for Leighton Ford Ministries. She is a founding member of Missio Alliance and received the Dallas Willard award for Christian Leadership in 2019. She was affiliated with Global Evangelists Forum and Africa Enterprise. A writer and author of Making Room for Leadership and A Guidebook to Prayer, Marykate is also a  spiritual director for international evangelists and church planters.

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What People Are Saying

  • Angie Ward 2

    YES. Mentoring, in community, is essential—not optional—for every frontline ministry leader. In Lifelong Leadership, MaryKate Morse casts a vision for the purpose, power, and practical shape of life-changing, sometimes even life-saving mentoring communities. Stop going it alone and start growing in a group.

    – Angie Ward, PhD, leadership author and teacher

  • Ken Shigematsu

    Leighton Ford is widely regarded as the greatest mentoring leader of his generation. He and his ministry partners MaryKate Morse and Anne Grizzle have inspired me and countless emerging leaders to lead more like and more to Jesus. This powerfully insightful and immensely practical book will empower you to help a new generation discover their God-given beauty and power and make their unique contribution to the world.

    – KEN SHIGEMATSU, pastor of Tenth Church, Vancouver, BC; author of Survival Guide for the Soul

  • CarolynCustisJames

    Anyone in ministry leadership knows how lonely it can be. Seminary training and giftedness—vital as they are—are not enough to spare leaders from problems and challenges they didn’t see coming or those dark nights of the soul they must keep to themselves. Lifelong Leadership is a godsend. You hold in your hands a step-by-step, practical guide to create and launch a Mentoring Community—a time-tested practice that has been used globally to end leadership isolation and that benefits emerging leaders with the wisdom and support they long for and need.

    – Carolyn Custis James, author of Half the Church: Recapturing God’s Global Vision for Women and Malestrom: Manhood Swept into the Currents of a Changing World

Leading Doesn’t Have to Be Lonely. Find Community and Grow Together.