Change Is Inevitable.
Irrelevance Isn’t.

Master the art of leading change. Successfully navigate the opposition to it. Stop compromising your dream of what could and should be.

Your step-by-step game plan to make the changes you need to make and implement them successfully, even when it feels like everyone is against you. 

Whether it’s…

Responding to a rapidly shifting culture
A new strategic initiative
Budget constraints
Your vision of a brighter future


The Art of Leading Change course is a proven roadmap that will maximize your success.

Hi, I’m Carey Nieuwhof, Best-Selling Leadership Author, Podcaster, Speaker, and former Attorney.

Throughout my 25+ years in leadership, I’ve noticed that change is a loaded topic. 

Why? Because we all know what’s at stake… 

The gap between how quickly you change and how quickly things change is called irrelevance.

It happens faster than you think, and it often happens despite a leader’s best intentions. When leaders fail to implement change successfully: 

  • Entire organizations are derailed 
  • Leadership teams burn out 
  • Relationships get torn apart 
  • High-capacity teams become paralyzed

Simply put, change is important because the very life and relevance of your organization are at stake. 

Yet change freezes so many leaders.

Why is leading change so difficult? 

Why do even the most capable leaders get paralyzed by it? 

What can you do to overcome the barriers that stand between you and leading a more impactful organization? 

Don’t Let False Beliefs Hold You Back.

What we believe about leading change.

What’s true about leading change.

“Opposition means I’m doing something wrong.”

Opposition almost always means you’re doing something right

We feel like we’re doing something wrong because nobody teaches us how to respond to opposition, and nobody talks about its impact on us as a leader. 

The best way to elicit zero opposition is to do nothing significant. All worthy change draws opposition.

“Change creates the circumstances for failure.”

Sure, there are unknowns when it comes to change. You can’t be 100% sure that a change will be a success. 

But, I can assure you this. You will become irrelevant if you don’t change. 

Here’s the key: Once you have a framework for change—one that makes navigating change and overcoming opposition easy—you don’t need to be 100% sure that your change will be a success. 

You’ll know exactly what risks to take and how to respond if it doesn’t work out. (More on this below.)

“Opposition derails change.”

99% of the time, it’s simply the fear of opposition that derails the change. 

We psych ourselves out before we even start and let the fear of what could happen stand in the way of what should be.

“People are opposed to change.”

There isn’t a certain type of person that’s opposed to change. 

Each of us resists change at times, and typically, people resist it for one of these two reasons: 

  • Not having a clearly articulated vision of the preferred future
  • They oppose changes that they didn’t think of 

Both are obstacles that can be overcome with the right toolset.

“I just don’t think I’m cut out for it.”

It’s easy to think that some leaders naturally have ‘it’… some ability to lead and manage change.

But that couldn’t be further from the truth. 

Leading change does take a specific skill set and some nuance. 

The good news? These skills can be practiced and learned. 

Nobody teaches us how to navigate change or respond to opposition. It’s no wonder that it scares so many leaders. 

But when you have the right frameworks, strategies, and skills, change can be easy. Change can be empowering. 

And more importantly, you can take your mission far beyond where it is today.

The wrong ways to lead change and respond to opposition.

Because we’ve had these experiences before,
we’re left wondering…

How do I know which risks are worth taking and which aren’t? 

Who needs to hear about the change? When do people need to hear about it?

How do I get the right people onboard… and how do I know when it’s okay to leave some people behind?

What do I do about the backlash? I don’t want people I care about turning against me.

Who should have input in the process? Who can I trust? 

What do I do when I’m faced with opposition?

How do I develop the strength to keep pushing, even when it feels like everyone is working against me?

The Art of Leading Change course is your step-by-step guide to making the right changes and implementing them successfully.

There is a way to lead change without becoming irrelevant and without blowing your organization apart. 

In The Art of Leading Change course, you get my entire playbook for leading change—from start to finish:

  • What changes to make and what changes to respond to
  • When you need to make them (and how quickly) 
  • Who to include and listen to each step of the way (and who not to)
  • How to communicate change effectively and with minimal pushback 

It’s the complete package of frameworks, mindsets, strategies, and skills that will equip you to lead change with confidence and wisdom.

Module 1: Ditch The Behaviors Of Leaders Who Are Stuck Or Declining And Become The Type Of Leader That Thrives In Change.

Leaders who thrive in change think and act differently than leaders who are stuck or declining. With a few simple mindset shifts, you’ll learn and adopt the characters and behaviors of leaders that thrive in change. 

Module 2: Know Exactly How Fast You Need To Change And Discover How To Leverage The Greatest Tool A Leader Has When It Comes To Leading Change. 

This 8-session module prepares you with the vision to identify barriers that growing churches face and teaches you how to remove them before your church hits a sticking point.

  • How to combat irregular attendance
  • The top reasons churches don’t grow (and what to do about them)
  • How to recruit high-capacity team members (and volunteers) as you grow
  • How to scale pastoral care
  • How to avoid burning out as your church grows
  • Strategies for dealing with objectors and critics as your church grows
Module 3: A Simple Framework for 30, 60, and 90-Day Pivots 

Get a simple framework to determine what’s working (and what’s not working) and make necessary changes:

  • What qualitative and quantitative feedback to look at 
  • 10 questions to determine what’s working and not working
  • How to come up with an action plan (and why an 80% solution will work far better than going for 100%)
  • Who to include in the process 
  • A system to hold people accountable
Module 4: A Framework for Strategic Decisions and Yearly Planning

Get the exact framework my team uses for strategic decisions and yearly planning: 

  • How to host a killer off-site (or multi-day) strategic planning retreat, including meeting topics, agendas, and how to build in fun and bonding
  • Who to include in the meetings 
  • How to get people engaged and bought in
  • Walk away with a clear action plan and responsibility list
Module 5: Build Your Bullet-Proof Communication Plan

You’ve decided what you’re changing, and you’ve got a plan. Now the question is, how do you communicate it? 

In this session, you’ll learn: 

  • Strategies to effectively cast the vision behind the change
  • The five groups of people you’ll need to communicate to, what each group needs to hear, and when they need to hear it 
  • The seven things you should never say when leading change and how to avoid backlash 
Module 6: How To Navigate The Opposition With Wisdom and Grace 

With any worthy change, there will be opposition. 

By understanding the five principles that will help you navigate the opposition, you’ll develop strategies to overcome it with wisdom and grace and build the mental strength not to quit in the process. 
Plus, you’ll discover why it feels like there’s always so much opposition and how to filter out the constructive opposition from the rest.  

Module 7: Master The Nuances Of Change

Once you have your plan, the most likely to derail you is the internal dialogue you carry on with yourself. Your fear of upsetting people. And some of the mystery that’s always involved when getting people to change.

These final insights will help you and your team to keep going when you want to give up or feel like you’re going off track.

Because we’ve had these experiences before,
we’re left wondering…

How do I know which risks are worth taking and which aren’t? 

Who needs to hear about the change? When do people need to hear about it?

How do I get the right people onboard… and how do I know when it’s okay to leave some people behind?

What do I do about the backlash? I don’t want people I care about turning against me.

Who should have input in the process? Who can I trust? 

What do I do when I’m faced with opposition?

How do I develop the strength to keep pushing, even when it feels like we’re going off track?

The Art of Leading Change course is your step-by-step guide to make the right changes and implement them with everyone on board.

The good news? There’s a balance. There’s a way to lead change without becoming irrelevant and without blowing your organization apart. 

In the program, you get the entire playbook for leading change—from start to finish:

  • What changes to make and what changes to respond to
  • When you need to make them (and how quickly) 
  • Who to include and listen to each step of the way (and who not to)
  • How to communicate change effectively and with minimal pushback 

It’s the complete package of frameworks, mindsets, strategies, and skills that will equip you to lead change with confidence and wisdom.

Module 1: Ditch The Behaviors Of Leaders Who Are Stuck Or Declining And Become The Type Of Leader That Thrives In Change.

Leaders who thrive in change think and act differently than leaders who are stuck or declining. With a few simple mindset shifts, you’ll learn and adopt the characters and behaviors of leaders that thrive in change. 

Module 2: Know Exactly How Fast You Need To Change And Discover How To Leverage The Greatest Tool A Leader Has When It Comes To Leading Change. 

This 8-session module prepares you with the vision to identify barriers that growing churches face and teaches you how to remove them before your church hits a sticking point.

  • How to combat irregular attendance
  • The top reasons churches don’t grow (and what to do about them)
  • How to recruit high-capacity team members (and volunteers) as you grow
  • How to scale pastoral care
  • How to avoid burning out as your church grows
  • Strategies for dealing with objectors and critics as your church grows
Module 3: A Simple Framework for 30, 60 and 90-Day Pivots 

Get a simple framework to determine what’s working (and what’s not working) and make necessary changes:

  • What qualitative and quantitative feedback to look at 
  • 10 questions to determine what’s working and not working
  • How to come up with an action plan (and why an 80% solution will work far better than going for 100%)
  • Who to include in the process 
  • A system to hold people accountable
Module 4: A Framework Strategic Decisions and Yearly Planning

Module 4: A Framework Strategic Decisions and Yearly Planning

Get the exact framework my team uses for strategic decisions and yearly planning: 

  • How to host a killer off-site (or multi-day) strategic planning retreat, including meeting topics, agendas, and how to build in fun and bonding
  • Who to include in the meetings 
  • How to get people engaged and bought in
  • Walk away with a clear action plan and responsibility list
Module 5: Build Your Bullet-Proof Communication Plan

Module 4: A Framework Strategic Decisions and Yearly Planning

You’ve decided what you’re changing, and you’ve got a plan. Now the question is, how do you communicate it? 

In this session, you’ll learn: 

  • Strategies to effectively cast the vision behind the change
  • The five groups of people you’ll need to communicate to, what each group needs to hear, and when they need to hear it 
  • The seven things you should never say when leading change and how to avoid backlash 
Module 6: How To Navigate The Opposition With Wisdom and Grace 

With any worthy change, there will be opposition. 

By understanding the five principles that will help you navigate the opposition, you’ll develop strategies to overcome it with wisdom and grace and build the mental strength not to quit in the process. 
Plus, you’ll discover why it feels like there’s always so much opposition and how to filter out the constructive opposition from the rest.  

Module 7: Master The Nuances Of Change

Once you have your plan, the most likely to derail you is the internal dialogue you carry on with yourself. Your fear of upsetting people. And some of the mystery that’s always involved when getting people to change.

These final insights will help you and your team to keep going when you want to give up or feel like you’re going off track.

So, are you ready to lead your organization into a new and brighter future? Register for The Art of Leading Change today. 

Plus, bonus resources to help you implement your next change!

  • The Essential Guide for Navigating Change
  • Leadership Style Assessment: Will You Thrive Leading Change?
  • Church Disruption Summit Replay
  • 5 Word-for-Word Scripts for Leading Change

YOUR GUIDE

Hi, I’m Carey Nieuwhof. I’ve been leading change in churches and organizations for over 25 years.

If you think change is impossible in your organization, think again.

In The Art of Leading Change, I share the principles that helped me effectively lead our church through:

  • A 180º shift in preaching style and ministry model.
  • A complete shift in vision to become a church that unchurched people love.
  • The sale of three historic buildings and the move into an elementary school to accommodate growth.
  • A full overhaul and redesign of all church governance and a new constitution.
  • Rapid growth (from a handful of people to thousands of people) and the construction of two new facilities.
  • A shift in emphasis to online ministry long before the pandemic.
  • And much more…

The best part? Most of the people we started with stayed with us through the change. Many became raving fans of the change.

In The Art of Leading Change, you’ll get the templates, strategies, and principles that will help you lead your church or organization to exactly where you’re called to be.

It’s finally time to stop letting your dreams die. Enroll in the Art of Leading Change today.

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Try it 100% risk-free for 30 days. If you aren’t happy for any reason, simply email support@careynieuwhof.com for a complete refund.

The Art of Leading Change Course

$447 (USD)

The Art of Leading Change Course










Or 3 monthly payments of $187 (USD)

The Art of Leadership Academy Membership

$447 / year (USD)

The Art of Leading Change Course

7 Additional 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)

Choose Your Plan

Try it 100% risk-free for 30 days. If you aren’t happy for any reason, simply email support@careynieuwhof.com for a complete refund.

The Art of Leading Change Course

$447 / one-time payment (USD)

The Art of Leading Change Course

Or, 3 monthly payments of $187 (USD)

The Art of Leadership Academy Membership

$447 / year (USD)

The Art of Leading Change Course

7 Additional 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)

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

Busy Pastors are growing their church through
The Art of Leadership Academy. You can too.

Get 150+ Easy-to-Use Video Trainings, Guides, Assessments, Cheatsheets, Meeting Agendas, and More. Learn How To…

  • Increase your productivity
  • Scale pastoral care
  • Hire/fire staff
  • Motivate staff
  • Align your team with your mission
  • Find & recruit great leaders 
  • Say ‘no’ without hurting people or losing influence
  • Have effective 1:1 and team meetings
  • Handle toxic people
  • Increase staff engagement
  • Avoid burnout
  • Build a volunteer core
  • Align your church around your mission
  • Structure your church for growth
  • And more…

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

That’s why the Academy exists.

Meet Carey, church leaders, and faith-driven business leaders for stimulating conversation in The Art of Leadership Academy App—available on mobile and desktop.

Choose Your Plan

Try it risk-free for 30 days.

The Art of Leading Change Course

$447 / one-time payment (USD)

The Art of Leading Change Course










Or 3 monthly payments of $187 (USD)

The Art of Leadership Academy – Individual Plan

$447 / year (USD)

The Art of Leading Change Course

6 Additional 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)

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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 support@careynieuwhof.com.

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
– The Art of Pastoral Succession
– 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 An Option to Pay Monthly?

Yes, if you’d prefer to pay for membership to The Art of Leadership Academy on a monthly basis it is $54/month. You can sign up on a monthly plan by clicking the button below. 

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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. 


The Art of Leading Change Course

$447 / one-time payment (USD)

The Art of Leading Change Course

Or, 3 monthly payments of $187 (USD)

The Art of Leadership Academy – Individual Plan

$447 / year (USD)

The Art of Leading Change Course

7 Additional 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)

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 support@careynieuwhof.com.