Leading a healthy, growing church requires more than just academic education.

We target what is going on and what needs to happen in the heart of the leader so they can move forward in health and lead others into necessary change.

We provide the leader with what they need to know about each topic so they can make impactful decisions and contextualize it to their own leadership context.

We equip the leader with the competencies they need to develop and thrive in areas of essential leadership.

We have created an approach to learning that combines the best of traditional methods (teaching and structured curriculum) with the best transformative methods (cooperative learning, learner paced, experiential) to create a cohort learning environment that connects pastors in community with each other and with Jesus, bringing practical spiritual guidance to the pastors right where they live.

We are all about building the soul mass of leaders using an approach that encourages transformation through holistic learning. Every topic we training on, we develop the leader by engaging the heart, head, and hands.


We are all active in the local church moving the mission of Jesus forward.

Our focus is on providing coaching, content and community in healthy environments that engage the leaders present; helping leaders experience transformation; and giving leaders tangible help that will bring an immediate boost and long-term health to the churches they lead.

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Michael Forney

Lead Strategist,

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Annie Roberts

Executive Director, Publisher,

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Joan Foster

Administrative Specialist

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Josh Hebert


See the results and hear what our clients have to say:

Bruce Rhodes, Superintendent -

Southern Michigan Conference of the Free Methodist Church

“Gravitational Leadership have been a tremendous asset to our Annual Conference’s “turnaround efforts” in the past 18 months. We have stemmed 12 straight years of decline and have started to grow as a conference. God providentially led us to engage them in the summer of 2014 and out of that initial meeting, our leadership team unanimously voted to invite them to partner with us by providing Lead Pastor coaching for our pastoral team. God has used their incredible gifts of insight and wisdom to move the Kingdom forward in the Southern Michigan Conference. I would heartily recommend them to any leader, church or group of churches who need assistance. “

Dr. Don Ross, Network Leader -

Northwest Ministry Network

“Gravitational Leadership is an asset to our Network. Michael Forney is incredibly insightful into the life of both churches and leaders. His ability to diagnose, strategize and then coach leaders and churches toward a preferred future is simply amazing. Michael just sees what very few other leaders do. Annie Bailey-Roberts is a gifted coach and leader with a passion to reach millennials and see the church thrive. Josh Hebert is church planter and experienced leader with a keen perspective on attracting and keeping people far from God.  This is a talented team and you won’t be disappointed in the results.”

Jeff Ford, Lead Pastor -

Chelsea Free Methodist Church

“Gravitational Leadership offers help and hope for struggling churches, next level strategies for thriving churches, wise counsel and abundant resources for all churches. They are passionate about the church and compassionate church leaders wanting to make a difference for the kingdom of God. Their relational approach eases apprehension, and their wealth of knowledge and keen insight energizes forward movement.”

Lincoln Loney, Lead Pastor -

Poulsbo Community Church

“Gravitational Leadership have served as my leadership coach for three years and have been training our leadership team for the last two years. As a result of working with them we have navigated some difficult challenges and have seen growth in our team and in our congregation. He has been really instrumental in helping us make good decisions to move forward and grow in both outreach and weekly attendance. Don and Michael challenged me to preach on generosity and give a tithing challenge that resulted in 28 new tithers and a significant bump in giving.  The team  is a very knowledgeable, practical, and has leveraged their experience to help us grow.  We are grateful for them and recommend them highly.”

Thomas Duchemin, Lead Pastor -

Gateway Fellowship

“[Gravitational Leadership’s] passion, commitment, and expertise in ministry are well used by God. [Their] contribution to both Gateway Fellowship and Gateway Christian Schools cannot be overestimated. I highly recommend [them].”

Drew Foster, Lead Pastor -

Pleasant View Church 

“At a pivotal point in my ministry and in the life of our church, [Gravitational Leadership] provided insightful coaching that is transforming the effectiveness of our leadership teams.  Asking the tough questions and providing healthy solutions, [they] equipped us to take the next steps toward becoming more of a healthy mission focused church.”



We train pastors and church leaders (preferably in groups) using an interactive teaching style that involves discussion, classwork, homework, some lecture, and reading.


We have found that results are greater when the pastors are coached during and following the primary engagement. This leads to a much higher level of effectiveness and growth over time.


We bring our gifts and expertise to bear in an advisory capacity to the pastor when needed, especially in the early phases of the process.


We are available for speaking engagements and one or two day seminars.

The Multiply Conference

The healthy state of churches and disciples is to multiply. With this belief, we have  partnered with the Free Methodist Church to provide two days of training and encouragement for pastors and leaders with Disciples, Leaders, Churches, and Superintendent tracks focused on topics relating to multiplication.

Join us at the DoubleTree by Hilton Detroit-Dearborn on March 8th and 9th as we learn from incredible teachers and worship together. Whether you oversee ministry or do the groundwork, the Multiply Conference is for you.

Leonard Sweet

Bishop Matt Thomas

Larry Walkemeyer



you can start a turnaround cohort in your region.

  •  10 session cohort over a 2 year span.
  • Sessions are from 9a-3pm with a break for lunch.
  • Districts, Networks, and Conferences often follow the cohort training day with a  day of one on one coaching with key pastors or churches.

Turnaround Sessions

Leading a Turnaround | Worship Planning System
Courageous Decisions | Discipleship System
Dealing with Antagonist | Outreach System
Self Leadership | Ministry System
Leadership Pain | Assimilation System
Building Influence | Leadership System
Leading Change | Stewardship System
Margins | Group System
The Art of Asking | Communication System
Shifting Culture | Strategic System

Check out a session for free!

Register for a Turnaround Cohort





Book + Conversation Journal

By Ronald D. Kuest and Michael L. Forney

This special offer includes both Gravity: Seven Essential Truths About Influence, Leadership, and Your Soul and the Conversation Journal for Gravity together for one low price.


Turnaround Pastor

Pathways to save, revive and build your church.

By Dr. Donald Ross

Is your church a shadow of its former self, once vibrant with life but now all but dead? Your Sunday morning attendance is a fraction of what it once was, finances are getting desperate, and your sense of mission seems non-existent. That’s where Don Ross was. Most onlookers saw no future in his church. But Jesus saw a place for them, and He molded Don into a Turnaround Pastor, a leader to revive God’s people to do His work.



Seven Essential Truths About Influence, Leadership and Your Soul

By Ronald D. Kuest and Michael L. Forney

Leadership is not just something you do, it is who you become. Your level of influence is directly tied to the person you become – your soul mass. There is no short cut. Those who try to exert great levels of influence without building their internal soul mass, either fail to develop traction or implode under the weight of their own influence.



The Conversation Journal

By Ronald D. Kuest and Michael L. Forney

There is an inescapable law of influence: the degree of influence you have with others is directly proportional to the size and density of your soul, and the power of energizing that attraction is the very same love that God has for us. Join Jason Cahill and Lew Merton as they discover the role of the soul as they explore the seven essential truths of gravitational attraction and relating influence. Whether in a discussion group or a mentoring friendship, the GRAVITY: Conversation Journal will assist you in finding answers to the three critical questions of GRAVITY: Who is God? Who am I? and Why does that matter?