Northwest Steward Leader Project


Despite nearly 100 years of study, research, education and training in leadership, we are facing a global leadership crisis. Followers of Christ who are called into positions of leadership are struggling to provide the leadership necessary to impact the world for Christ. This is happening in the church and para-church, and every sector of society and culture where Christians serve in leadership positions. In the face of this crisis, we believe God has provided us with a renewed understanding of leadership that can change the global face of how Christians lead.

Project Description

In March 2017, the Center for Steward Leader Studies received a grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust to launch a three-year project called The Northwest Steward Leader Project. Through this project we will prepare and coach thirty-six Northwest non-profit leaders to become steward leaders. The theology and practice of the steward leader is a biblical and effective leadership development approach. Its distinctiveness is found in its highly relational, comprehensive approach and its primary features of freedom, faithfulness, transformation, and joy. Steward leaders have been set free to steward the people they lead and the organizations they serve with an unprecedented degree of humility and excellence. For this reason, equipping steward leaders is an integral part of the ministry and mission of the Center for Steward Leader Studies.

The Steward Leader curriculum has proven itself across culture, race and gender. We have taught these keys to hundreds of leaders in the U.S., Canada, Australia, the Middle East, China, West Africa and the Philippines. We receive consistent feedback on the powerful impact the curriculum has in the lives of these leaders. We are confident that this unique and thoroughly biblical approach to leadership will continue to equip and inspire everyone who engages in the curriculum and follow-up coaching process.


The Northwest Steward Leader Project is designed to improve the quality and effectiveness of leadership in faith-based non-profits in the Northwest. To accomplish this, we have developed a 50-day online course that encompasses the full steward leader curriculum outlined above entitled, Becoming a Steward Leader. The project also includes coaching and on-site counsel.

Goals, Impact and Outcomes

Our goals for the three-years of this project are as follows:

  1. Increase the quality of leadership of thirty-six leaders of Northwest Christian nonprofits;
  2. Facilitate the creation of a steward leader culture in the same organizations;
  3. Strengthen the training and equipping program, resources and methodologies of the Center for Steward Leader Studies to benefit all future work with leaders regionally and globally;
  4. Identify and equip a team of new mentors in the Northwest who can be resources for future projects.


  1. Bill Russell – Union Gospel Mission
  2. Bryan Banke – Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
  3. Curtis Ivanoff – Alaska Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church
  4. Duke Paulson – Tacoma Rescue Mission
  5. Jamie Morrison – African Enterprise USA
  6. JJ Vancil – Youth for Christ Seattle
  7. John Briggs – Mission Builders International
  8. Larry Andrews – Partners International
  9. Mike Johnson – Yakima Valley Rescue Mission
  10. Nathan Sutherland – Flint and Iron
  11. Phil Altmeyer – Union Gospel Mission of Spokane
  12. Don Johnson – Cascade Christian Schools

Click here to access the Cohort Dropbox folder.

Contact Shawn Manley via email or phone (253.350.9031) with any questions.