The people we lead deserve our best,
so we ought to get better.


So…why am I wasting my time
looking at this website?

Great question!

Let’s answer that with another question, because that’s mysterious and sage-like.

How do leaders grow?

Leaders grow through experience. Everyone agrees that experience is the best teacher (except for that one person who doesn’t have any). But there’s a catch.

Getting older doesn’t guarantee that you’ll grow up.

Some leaders have 50 years of experience, but they haven’t grown because they keep re-living the same year over and over.

Growth comes from new perspective.

Experience leads to growth when perspective is added into the picture (pun intended.) You can get new perspective from books, conferences, podcasts, blogs, and even pain and failure

The best perspective comes from a trusted relationship.

This is why we’ve created Leading Youth Ministry: to help youth workers win as leaders through coaching. Who is helping you become a better leader?

Experience + Perspective can lead to growth
as a leader.


The Benefits of Coaching

  • Identify your pain points

  • Set realistic goals

  • Trench-Tested training

  • Accountable for Results

The Benefits of Coaching by LYM

Our unique leadership experiences has lead to coaching that is:

  • Practical—not tied to a single model of leadership or youth ministry strategy

  • Relational—training that isn’t transactional

  • Personalized—you create the “curriculum” from more than 50 topics

  • Truthful—which leads to increased mental toughness


SPOILER ALERT: If this is your question, then the answer will probably hurt your feelings.
This kind of foolish thinking springs from a prideful, self-sufficient heart. This arrogance results not just in mistakes, but pain and destruction. More importantly, God is opposed to pride. If you feel like this, you probably shouldn’t be leading in the church.
(I tried to warn you.)
Truth is, you need to believe in the benefits of coaching in order to get anything out of it.
You might not need me as a coach, but you do need someone.

I might need a leadership coach.


What will the coaching look like?


The initial commitment is for six months and clearly outlines the details. This keeps everyone on the same page.


In the first month, you will complete a comprehensive ministry assessment. This will give your coach a solid understanding of your ministry context. You will also select 6-8 leadership topics (from a list of more than 50) that will help you grow most as a leader. During your first 1-on-1 meeting, you will discuss the assessment and decide a final list of 5 leadership topics.


For each of the following months:
(a) LYM will give you content related to your chosen topic.
(b) You will work through the material on your own to gain insight, apply it to your ministry, determine your questions, and set a specific goal.
(c) Once you’ve worked through the content, we will meet 1-on-1 via phone or video.
(d) After your meeting, you’ll complete a Six Minute Summary of the experience. This self-directed exercise will help you debrief your experience and create a brief update for your supervisor, keeping them informed of your progress.

The cost is $150 per month. This is a serious investment, we get it.
This pays for the content, the time your coach considers your specific needs, and your 1-on-1 time with your coach.
If you’d like to connect via phone or video more than once a month, we can discuss what that could look like.

Think this might be helpful? Schedule a meeting below so we can talk..

So, what’s next?

More About the 50+ Topics
More About LYM Coaches

Choose from more than 50 leadership topics.

If you are looking for something that didn’t make the list, let us know and we’ll do what I can to address that need.

  • Building (or rebuilding) programs strategically
  • Elements of a great crowd program
  • Elements of a great small group program
  • Serving projects
  • Teaching and Preaching
  • Discipleship without programs
  • Student leaders
  • Enhancing your Critical ministry processes (visitors, missing, new believers, baptism, etc.)
  • Family Friendly Ministry
  • Parents of teens small groups
  • Making ministry relational
  • The art of asking questions
  • Taking students to the next level
  • Pastoral care
  • Crisis care
  • Weddings and Funerals
  • Ministry teams
  • Ministry to girls
  • Ministry to guys
  • Event Planning
  • Administrating your ministry (calendar, events, budget)
  • Communications and marketing
  • Technology and Ministry
  • Creating a strategic volunteer process
  • Promoting your need for volunteer leaders
  • Identifying and confirming potential volunteer leaders
  • Integrating new volunteers into ministry
  • Caring and coaching your volunteer leaders
  • Evaluation
  • Transitioning volunteers out
  • The Anatomy of a Leader
  • My Marriage and Kids
  • “Self-awareness”
  • Strategic Planning….and leading
  • Defining your Skills and Passions
  • Creating your ministry culture: creative repetition without rituals
  • Encouraging others
  • Learning from criticism
  • Initiating conflict
  • Supporting your senior pastor
  • Being a team player at your church
  • Understanding your strengths
  • How to learn from success
  • Developing greater humility
  • Transitions: into a new church
  • Transitions: out of your church
  • How to avoid burning out
  • I’m ready to give up, now what?
  • How you know it (might) be time to leave
  • Managing your time and energy
  • Leading Change Well
  • Develop a critical mind while avoiding a critical heart

Meet Matt McGill


My name is Matt McGill. I know that bios are supposed to be written in the third person, but I’d rather write a short letter to you instead. Sound good?

I’ve had a mentor since 1988, Doug Fields. Other than my dad, Doug has had the biggest impact in my life–I can’t even imagine where I’d be without his influence. I know how powerful it is to have a coach. I’m passionate about investing in leaders and helping them fulfill their potential in Christ.

You might be wondering: “Is Matt qualified to be my coach?” That’s a great question! My mother would say, “YES!” But don’t take her word for it.

EXPERIENCE: I’ve been serving in full-time ministry since 1995. I’ve worked in really large churches (Saddleback Church for 16 years), and I’ve worked in really small churches. I’ve worked in healthy environments and … a few unhealthy ones. I’ve spent most of my time in student ministry, serving in just about every role: from intern to high school pastor to family ministry pastor. Over the years, I’ve led dozens of full-time staff and more than a hundred interns.

I have also spent a significant amount of time in “adult ministry,” serving in a variety of pastoral roles: discipleship, local missions, associate pastor, pastor of regional campuses, family ministry pastor, and on the preaching team.

TEAM LEADER: I’ve lead small teams and large ones (the biggest had 50+ full-time church staff). I’ve also led teams consisting of only volunteers.

DOWNLOAD YOUTH MINISTRY: Together with Doug Fields and Josh Griffin, we started a great company focused on helping equip youth workers with resources that are high in quality, low in price, tested in the trenches, and customizable.

TRANSITIONS: I’ve made several transitions–most of them positive–leaping out in faith from positions of comfort to risk. Truth be told, I’ve had a couple painful changes as well.

Here’s what’s driving me: As leaders in one of the most critical ministries in the church, youth leaders deserve someone to cheer them on, invest in them, and help them develop their leadership.

One last thing: having a coach is a big commitment, so you ought to be interviewing me as well. Think through some questions you have for me that will help you discern if this coaching is a fit for you.



Enough already… I want to…

… Ask a Question
… Reserve my spot


Everyone who is coached by Leading Youth Ministry will be able to scale this mountain. Easily.