At The End of 2023, What Would It Feel Like to Look Back and Have Accomplished Exactly What You Set Out To?

A 30-Day Challenge of Growth, Coaching, and Group Accountability to Set and Achieve Your Most Ambitious Goals

If, as a church leader you have ever wondered… 

  • “How can I become a far more effective leader?” 
  • “How do some leaders get so much done?”
  • “How do I get ahead?”
  • “How can I realize a dream I’ve been holding onto for way too long?”

Then it might be the right time to make a plan that works. 

Without a system and group of motivated people to hold you accountable, your dreams often stay exactly that—dreams.

If you could do it yourself, you would have done it by now.

Have you ever noticed that top performers—from world-class leaders to professional athletes—rely on coaches, advisors, and continual development? Yet for some reason, we seem to think we can do it all ourselves. 

If some of the most impactful leaders can benefit from it, imagine how much benefit you could get from someone with the insight, systems, and support you need.


The Highly Productive Leader

A 30-Day Challenge to Free Up More Time and Find More Energy in 2023.

If you are a pastor or church leader with ambitious goals for 2023, I will coach you through a proven, easy-to-follow strategy to set and achieve exactly what you set out to.



Your Questions
Answered Directly

Your Plan to Make 2023 Your Most Productive Year Yet

Week 1: Analyzing Your Current Patterns (60-90 minutes)

  • Time, Energy & Commitment Audit 
  • How to Set Ambitious and Meaningful Goals 
  • Creating Your Goals for 2023

Week 2: Building a System for 2023 (60-90 minutes)

  • Build a Daily and Weekly Routine
  • Scale Your Time & Leveraging Your Energy
  • The Art of Saying No 
  • Bonus: The Save 100 Hours This Year Cheat Sheet
  • Bonus: Calendar templates (Google, iCal, Outlook & more)

Week 3: Become A Highly Productive and Effective Leader (60 minutes)

  • Master Your Productivity & Priorities
  • Schedule Your Growth in 2023
  • Schedule Meaningful Time for Rest, Family, Friends, and Vacation
  • Bonus: Behind-the-Scenes Insights Into the Exact Systems that Carey Uses

Week 4: Healthy Hustle & Staying on Track (60-90 minutes)

  • How to Adjust Your New System for Continual Improvements and Results
  • Tips For When You Start to Go Off Track 
  • Bonus: Live Strategy Session with Carey Nieuwhof and Q&A

How To Join The Challenge

Join The Art of Leadership Academy

Complete the 30-Day Challenge

Access the Other Courses and Resources in the Academy

This Is Way More Than Setting New Year’s Resolutions.
It’s A System That Works.

We’ve all gone down the path of setting new years resolutions before… and where has that gotten you? Here? 

So, I’ll encourage you to make a decision that sets you on a different path this year: 

Make a decision to turn your goals into a reality.
Far too many people think positive change will ‘just happen.’ But here’s what’s true, a year from now, you’ll be in the same place (or worse) if you don’t make a change. A dream without a strategy is just a fantasy. A goal without a plan is just a wish. And a lifestyle shift without accountability is just a fad.

Stop following generic advice.
Almost all goal-setting (and New Year) advice leaves out one little important detail: the rest of your life. Goals without building daily and weekly habits to support them will get you nowhere. This framework is made for the schedules, patterns, and challenges that come with leading a ministry. It’s the exact system I used as Lead Pastor of Connexus Church and still use today.

The Highly Productive Leader Challenge will walk you through (and beyond) my At Your Best Framework—a productivity system used and trusted by 50,000+ leaders to free up more time and leverage their energy. 

And, it will show you exactly how to apply the framework to support your 2023 goals.

Trusted by 50,000+ Leaders

Take Back 15 Productive
Hours Per Week

Practical Tools & Resources

Whether you’ve read At Your Best and are looking to go deeper, or are searching for a new and better strategy, The Highly Productive Leader Challenge will help you apply practical tools to achieve your end-of-year goals.

Don’t Just Take My Word For It.

“I Found The Time To Work on the Book I Have Always Wanted to Write”


I never had the opportunity to work on the things that were truly important because I was constantly doing the things that “needed done now” rather than working on things that had more significant long term impact.


I spend more time (actually present) with my family. I am significantly less stressed out. I found the time to work on the book I have always wanted to write. I have begun the process of pitching to publishers, created my author FB page, and started my blog.

I’m significantly less stressed out and more present with my kids. I am not overwhelmed nearly as often by the parts of my job that don’t give me joy or fill my cup, which translates to a more joyful mom. Because of my fixed calendar, I can communicate to my kids when I am “at work” and when I am not. Before, I was always kind of both.

“When I am off work, I am actually off work.”


My biggest struggle was keeping my schedule in such a way that I could keep a sustainable pace. I kept running close to burnout and then I would have a week where I almost did nothing. It was a 2-month to 3-month cycle. I was continuing a cycle of making a small change in a self-care emergency, and then going back at it.


Now when I am off work, I am actually off work, so family became a priority in my time allocation. I lost 70 lbs by changing my diet, exercising, and valuing sleep. I now have time for self-care that is more holistic. I’m focused on modifying my week to put value on family, and high-impact areas of ministry, in my case preaching and leadership development.

“I’ve already read At Your Best… is this for me?”

To start, that’s fantastic! 

It’s your decision to make. The challenge will have a deep and practical focus on the application of the At Your Best strategy and using it to support your goals for 2023. There’s also power in putting the right people in a ‘room’ together—we’re confident you’ll gain insight, clarity, and motivation from the other leaders involved in the challenge.

“It’s a busy time of year… how much of a time commitment is it?”

It’s 60-90 minutes each week for 4 weeks. You can work through the on-demand content at your own pace and contribute to group dialogue throughout the week. 

There will be two live calls during the 4 week period which will be recorded for those who can’t make it live. 

You’ll also get lifetime access to the content and conversations as long as you’re a member of The Art of Leadership Academy.

“How do I sign up?”

The Challenge (all on-demand modules, conversations, and calls) are in The Art of Leadership Academy’s web or mobile app. To join the challenge, sign up for The Art of Leadership Academy and you’ll receive simple participation instructions from there. 

In addition, you’ll have access to everything The Art of Leadership Academy membership includes; 7 On-Demand Leadership Courses, Monthly Live Coaching Calls, A Network of High-Capacity Leaders, and more.  

“I’m nervous about spending the money.”

It’s great you’re thinking about this! 

Investing in yourself intelligently is important, but what many who never grow fail to realize is that investing in yourself and your leadership is the key to growth. 

I stand behind this (and all of my products) with a 30-day no-questions-asked money-back guarantee. If you don’t find it helpful for any reason, just email us within 30 days and we’ll refund your payment.

No-Questions-Asked 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee

It matters to me that this makes an actual difference for you and your team…which is why I’m offering this guarantee.

If you’re not satisfied with the quality of the content, or for any other reason whatsoever, you will get a full, immediate refund. Just shoot us an email at

No More Excuses. Take Back Your Time and Your Life.

Join The Art of Leadership Academy

Complete the 30-Day Challenge

Access the Other Courses and Resources in the Academy

The Art of Leadership Academy Membership

$447 / year (USD)

Access to the Highly Productive Leader 30-Day Challenge

7 On-Demand Growth & Leadership Courses

Monthly Live Coaching Calls

A Community of Peers and Mentors

Training & Resources Added Monthly

The Academy App (Web & Mobile)

Or, monthly payments of $54 (USD)

Identify and Break Your Next Growth Barrier
in The Art of Leadership Academy

On-demand courses, live coaching, and growth-minded peers to lead a healthy growing church

7 On-Demand Church Leadership Courses

Your private course library walks you through important and foundational lessons, strategies, and mindsets you need to lead and grow a church.

Live Monthly Coaching

There’s power in putting great people in a room together.  Live coaching calls with Carey Nieuwhof give you the chance to talk about what we’re learning and work through it together.

A Community of Peers Who
Get It

A community of 1500+ church leaders who break the isolation of leadership, share their tips, encourage you and fuel your leadership.

You’ll have questions. You’ll be looking for some guidance. And there are seasons when you’ll need some encouragement.

That’s why the Academy exists.

What Leaders Are Saying About The Art of Leadership Academy

“Absolutely life-giving, encouraging, and honestly kept me from quitting on my hardest days”

Archie Jackson, Pastor/ Entrepreneur/ Artist

“I have received so much wisdom, encouragement, and thought-provoking input from an amazing network of people I otherwise would never have met. The Academy has truly been a gift.”

Sarah Starrenburg, Executive Director of Global Collaboration, United Bible Societies

“What I didn’t expect was the genuine friendships I’d make with like-minded leaders. I am feeling more energized and relationally connected than I ever have before.”

Kenny Hackbarth, Campus Pastor, The Chapel McHenry

“Practical and helpful! A transformational resource that gives great insights on so many leadership areas. I have been impressed by the caliber of thought leaders, the peer community and information shared by Carey and others!”

John Brimm, Entrepreneur/Strategist

Make 2023 Your Most Productive Year Yet

The Art of Leadership Academy Membership

$447 / year (USD)

Access to the Highly Productive Leader 30-Day Challenge

7 On-Demand Growth & Leadership Courses

Monthly Live Coaching Calls

A Community of Peers and Mentors

Training & Resources Added Monthly

The Academy App (Web & Mobile)

Or, monthly payments of $54 (USD)

Frequently Asked Questions

What Courses Are Included in The Art of Leadership Academy? 

The ever-growing library of courses currently includes: 

– At Your Best
– The Art of Leading Change
– The Art of Online Influence
– The Art of Reaching
– The Art of Team Leadership
– The Art of Church Growth
– The Art of Preaching
– PLUS: 25+ months of done-for-you leadership development videos

What’s The Difference Between an Individual Account and Team Account?

A team account allows you and your entire leadership team or staff to join the Academy together. You’ll have the ability to manage the membership and users from one central account, as well as see your team’s progress within courses. 

What is the Cancellation/Return Policy? 

You are free to cancel your subscription and membership at any time without any form of penalty payment. For whatever reason, if you decide that the membership is not for you within the first 30-days, you can request a complete refund.

Is There A Monthly Option? 

It is only offered through an annual membership so that you’re able to work through courses and get connected in the community throughout the year.

Can I Purchase a Course Without Joining The Art of Leadership Academy

Yes, you can purchase individual courses, however, you only get access to the course videos and materials. You do not receive any other perks of joining the membership, such as live coaching, access to the community, access to the Mobile App, or access to other courses.