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Note: The suggested investment is for those leaders, teams, and communities that are able to Pay.

Ed often serves marginal communities and third world churches and organizations as a missionary from Church of the Open Door.

this means that you need to start the conversation with ed concerning the cost of His services.


As a shepherd to shepherds, Ed has extensive experience in all aspects of church leadership. He has taught homiletics, hermeneutics, discipleship, and leadership at the seminary level. Most importantly, Ed has actually led churches and mentored leaders for over forty years. His practical application of some profound, but basic principles can help any pastor or church leader preach, teach, and lead more effectively. This is an intensive, ten-step process that involves Ed’s personal mentoring and encouragement of one to twelve leaders.

This process helps leaders discover the shifts that need to happen in their leadership and ministry strategies to experience a high-trust, disciplemaking environment that releases them to their destiny in Christ.

As a former homiletics teacher at a major seminary and hermeneutics prof in a Bible School, Ed is available to mentor pastors toward excellence in exposition and preaching.


If I could avoid it, I wouldn’t use the term “church consulting.” That’s because I’m not promoting a program or telling you who you ought to be. Rather, I help you discover how grace works in community so that intentional and layered discipleship begins to make a difference in your leaders, your church, and your world. I simply help you get to where Jesus is leading you as you re-center your priorities to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.

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Church-Wide RecenteredGroup Messaging and Planning Weekend

Most Christians have been taught to mistrust grace. These weekends are designed to begin turning cultures from performance-based, sin-management views of spirituality, community and vision to trusting God enough to pursue Jesus’ priorities in life—making disciples and loving one another. Here’s what you can expect:

+ Friday Evening Leaders’ Dinner: An informal meal with the leaders so I can listen to your heart and encourage you by recommending a foundational process to move your community from striving to measure up to trusting Jesus enough to make disciples and love one another.

+ Saturday Intensive With Leaders and Stakeholders: Having put together a unique course for your specific needs, I’ll spend the day with your leaders. This day is designed to help leaders begin to experience the liberating truths of grace and love in disciplemaking toward a high trust culture. This day usually involves:
—Breakfast, followed by two 90-minute sessions
—Lunch Break
—Two 90-minute sessions in the afternoon
—Dinner, followed by Question and Answer Session

+ Sunday Message(s) Specifically and Uniquely Tailored to Your Community: I’ll take your community/congregation to God’s Word to help you recenter their expectations and vision.

+ Sunday Follow-Up Planning Session With Leaders: We’ll evaluate where your team and community are in the process of recentering priorities and vision, and develop a strategy for moving forward.

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Leaders-Only 3-Day Intensive RecenteredGroup Assessment and Planning Experience

Assessment Report, 3-Day Onsite intensive with leaders and stakeholders.
Here’s what you can expect:

+ Listening—My process begins with onsite assessments. I’ll make sure that your leadership team and your culture’s stakeholders feel heard and valued.

+ Questions—I’ll suggest a few things and ask critical questions to make sure I have the full picture of what your team or culture desires and needs.

+ Design—I’ll design a strategic plan that honors your dreams but insists upon submitting your dreams to the priorities of Jesus. I’ll help you identify pressure points that must be addressed, warning signs of unforeseen disunity, and markers for embracing Jesus priorities of making disciples and loving one another. This design will help you overcome the challenges and fears of moving your team and community toward your authentic, grace-based, strength-releasing, weakness-protecting, mission-specific destiny.

+ Build—I’ll walk you through a month-by-month plan that we created during the onsite assessment. I’ll help you move steadily, through your own Recentering Team, as you collectively risk trusting Jesus in the process. I’ll troubleshoot the surprises that inevitably surface during this messy but glorious process.

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6-Month Follow-up

Monthly Coaching and Strategizing
During the off months when the I’m not onsite, I serve the local Recentering Team by ensuring that the ministry and leadership community are moving forward according to Jesus’ priorities of making disciples and loving one another. The coaching hours would include supporting the Recentering Team, giving insights that encourage a smooth transition process and serving as a non-judgmental, non-anxious, hopeful presence. This would be accomplished through phone calls, conference calls, emails, and Zoom, with Ed.

+ A 2-Day Quick Start: The pressure points identified in the assessment are the focus of these 3 days. The Ed meets with the Recentering Team (leaders, stakeholders, and key community members) to work on and move through any thresholds that are hindering the process or need special attention. By the end of the visit, the Ed will have a firm grasp on specific steps to move the community toward discipleship and unity and has resolved a majority of the pressure points.

+ A 2-Day RecenteredGroup Visioning Retreat: It’s important that the leadership community keeps its eyes looking towards the future while actively pursuing a disciplemaking, hight-trust, authentic culture. These three days would entail four 3-hour sessions: The first three, with any stake holders in the community (just about everyone is invited) teaching and experiencing the basics of protective love and multiplication through discipleship. The last session would be solely with the Recentering Team and leaders (elders, staff). This is a fun and enthusiasm building event, enjoyed by all involved. The end result is a Recentered mission statement, values, 3-year goals and 1-year benchmarks, and an organizational structure document to pursue becoming a healthy, high-trust, disciplemaking ministry or organization.



Note: For Ed and Recentered Group to oversee the first 6 months of the get healthy timeline
Investment: $4200, plus travel expenses (negotiable for smaller or traumatized communities)

Leadership, Team & Community

Harmony and Healing

We know that the usual reasons offered for disunity among leaders are suspect, and so do the people you’re trying to convince. “Moving in a different direction,” a “difference in philosophy of ministry,” or “he or she is transitioning to a new ministry,” or “moving in a different direction” is code for, “We can’t get along and we don’t know what else to do!”

We view this as our triage ministry to faith communities. We can show you a better way—to begin trusting God and one another with your vision, hurts, wounds, and unmet expectations. These onsite/offsite consults aren’t the sustaining solution (see above and below), but they’re designed to at least give your church/team/community the opportunity to begin healing.


Preventing a Church/Team Split

Please let us in BEFORE the split! When you know you’re moving toward disunity and you’re desperate enough, we can help you stop the bleeding by a three-step process:

+ What would it look like if we stopped lying to ourselves about our unity?

+ How do we stop self-protecting and begin trusting God for this ministry?

+ What is the next step to rescue this ministry for the cause of Christ?

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Surviving a Church/Team Split

No follower of Christ or shepherd of His people plans for the trauma and malaise of a church/team split. We can help you catch your breath and put you on an immediate path for survival that will even lead to hope by a three-step process:

+ How can we pursue personal reconciliation?

+ What can we learn from the pain of this tragedy?

+ What is the next step to move from survival to significance?



Onsite and Online

In a personal face-to-face setting or in a convenient online format with mentoring from Ed Underwood, learn principles and practices that help you lead through the core issues that create barriers to church health, sustainable community, or personal growth in Christ as a couple, team, or redemptive community.

Leadership as Discipleship In Community

A study of biblical principles for developing mentoring and coaching relationships in leadership teams and the value of these relationships in building high trust cultures. Students will learn how to develop leaders and build sustaining teams for their community through biblical processes. This is a graduate level course that can be tailored for local churches, leadership teams, or ministry teams. It’s an intense week with assignments and team building experiences. It involves four 90-minute sessions/day and onsite conversations, coaching, and question/answer sessions.

Investment: $3500, plus travel expenses

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The Ascent of A Leader Experience (Partnership with Trueface)

You can become a leader that people want to follow by opening yourself to the influences that develop character: enduring relationships with friends, family, and God. This compelling experience leads you through eight 90-minute sessions corresponding with the chapters of the book, The Ascent of the Leader, and the truths of Truefaced and the Cure.

Investment: $2500, plus travel expenses

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What Every Pastor Really Wants to Say to His Elders (Online)

This 3-session course came from Ed’s famous last words to the elders (and he loved all of them!) of his beloved Church of the Open Door as he transitioned out of his lead pastor role. Every pastor Ed has ever shared these insights with has commented, “I wish I had the courage to say this to our elders.” Elder-staff relationships are hard, and even the most committed and godly elder is going to have some blind spots. What I promise from this course is this: If more elders and pastors had this conversation, there would be far less turnover in church leadership and far fewer church splits. Remember, our mission is simple: We want to help your church get healthy and thrive.

Investment: $500


Returning to What Matters Most to Jesus (Online or Onsite)

Your church can become a disciplemaking culture that loves one another in community. This ten-session course moves leaders toward the unity Jesus had in mind when He gathered His disciples in the upper room and equips individuals to become disciplemakers (online manual and how-to podcast included). If you’re tired of doing church for the sake of church, this is the course for you.

Investment: $1,000 (Price varies according to the size of the group and individual needs)

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Getting Unstuck (Online or Onsite)

Your church can become a disciplemaking culture that loves one another in community. This ten-session course moves leaders toward the unity Jesus had in mind when He gathered His disciples in the upper room and equips individuals to become disciplemakers (online manual and how-to podcast included). If you’re tired of doing church for the sake of church, this is the course for you.

Investment: $1,000 (Price varies according to the size of the group and individual needs)



I bring 40 years of experience in teaching the Bible and virtually every aspect of the Christian life, leadership, and church community. I’ve taught in seminary and Bible School environments, and at Marriage Retreats, Family Conferences, city-wide and national conference, and Local Church conferences.

My teaching emphasizes the power of the grace of God to change lives, marriages, families, and communities. Whether you’re looking for exposition of a book of the Bible, an overview of the entire Bible, or practical topical series like how to know God’s will, how to live loved in a marriage or community, or some Good News about spiritual maturity, I can tailor your series to meet your particular need.

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Men’s Retreats and Conferences

Some have remarked that this is my wheelhouse. That doesn’t surprise me since I spent a good portion of my life as a fireman for the US Forest Service and an officer in the United States Army. I’ve been discipling and leading men for my entire Christian life, and I love a weekend away with a group of men who want to know how to live for Jesus in this broken world.

Here’s just a few of the titles from the men’s retreats I’ve taught over the years:
+ Are you man enough?
+ The Good News About Spiritual Maturity
+ Love, Lead, Lose
+ The Great Exchange
+ The Redwood Brothers
+ The Trail: How to know God’s will
+ Everything I know now that I wish I had known as a younger man!


Pulpit Supply

Whether it’s to give the local church pastor a break or to provide extended pulpit supply during troubled times in a local church, I cherish teaching the Word of God in a local church. Here are some of the series churches have appreciated over the years:

+ An overview of every book of the Bible. This can be a one-timer (Colossians, Ephesians, Isaiah), a particular historical period or author (The Historical Books of the Old Testament, Acts, The Pentateuch, the Post-Exilic Prophets), or, if there’s time, a series that does indeed cover the entire Bible, “Give Us Two Years and We’ll Give you the Bible.
+ Topical Series on the Christian Life:
+ Vision By Prayer
+ Survival to Significance
+ Book Studies
+ How to Teach the Bible
+ Moving Toward a Disciplemaking Culture
+ Building a Culture of Love



Ed has been teaching the Bible and writing for over 40 years. His website is where you will find more who Ed is as a Bible teacher, professor, disciplemaker, and author. You’ll discover a great resource in Ed’s sermons and sermon notes/podcast on every book of the Bible, hundreds of blogs on almost every subject pertaining to the Bible, theology, the grace of God, and current issues on the Christian life. You’ll also find out more of the subjects Ed preaches and teaches on as he travels to churches, retreats, and conference centers around the world. Finally, there’s an overview from Ed covering each of his published books and a store to order signed copies.

In Ed’s own words:

“This is my personal website. It’s focused on radical faith and radical hope in Jesus Christ. My mission is to help you walk with Jesus with more passion, live for Him with greater confidence and give your life away to Him with extraordinary joy.

I write on biblical books and passages, discipleship, practical issues facing believers, church, leadership, and suffering. On occasion, I write about something that simply captures my attention.

My goal is to create insightful, relevant content that you can put to work in your personal walk with the Lord Jesus. If you are a seeker of Christ or a follower of Christ – then these pages are for you”


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