Coaching That Connects

Transformative coaching from trusted practitioners.

Customized Individual Coaching From Trusted Partners

Reach your ministry goals with personal, 1-on-1 coaching from the only trained and certified coaches trusted by the Small Group Network. 

What coaching looks like:

  • Depending on your needs and desired outcomes, you can choose between 6 – 12 sessions (3-6 months).
  • Begin with a complimentary 20 minute exploratory phone or zoom call to learn about your current challenges and personal and professional goals.
  •  Coaching agreement and fees will be custom tailored by you and your coach. 
  • Coaching may include various assessments, increasing self-awareness, identifying strengths, opportunities, and barriers to growth, developing a personal and/or ministry leadership plan with goals, feedback, and measurements, and providing other resources for targeted growth areas.
  • Coaching may also include addressing small group ministry needs such as building processes and systems, recruiting, training and developing leaders, identifying and implementing connection tactics, providing curriculum, managing conflict, leading up, and aligning groups ministry into the broader church vision for discipleship.

Meet The Coaches

Carolyn Taketa J.D., ACC

Certified Leadership Development Coach & Small Groups Ministry Consultant

Carolyn helps people move from where they are to where they would like to be. She uses her 30+ years of combined leadership experience as a coach certified by the International Coaching Federation, pastor, executive director, attorney, and mother to create safe spaces for wrestling with deeply personal questions, evoking self-awareness, developing practical skills, and empowering people to become more fully who God has created them to be. 

Carolyn specializes in leadership development at various levels, navigating personal and professional transitions, growing in communication skills, and cultivating healthy organizational culture. 

In addition, as a Korean American who immigrated to New York at seven years old without knowing a word of English, she especially enjoys working with those who may feel like they don’t belong. Whether they are women in leadership, people of color in predominantly white organizations, younger leaders, or adult children of immigrants, she helps people grow in leading authentically and confidently for their good and the good of those they serve.

Most recently, Carolyn worked as a Small Groups Pastor on the executive team of Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village, California. For seventeen years, she led all aspects of small groups ministry for this church of 5000+ people while aligning ministry goals with the church’s vision, shaping assimilation strategies, training and recruiting hundreds of volunteers, supervising teams, coaching staff, assisting capital campaigns, planning worship services, providing collateral resources for teaching series, and producing video curricula. 

She is thrilled to have been part of the core leadership team of the Small Group Network since its creation in 2007 and an SGN podcast host – Here to There / Group Talk. She has written many articles related to groups ministry for Christianity Today’s and Lifeway Christian Resources. She enjoys teaching, speaking at conferences, facilitating workshops, and leading online cohorts.  

She holds a certification in Advanced Transformational Coaching from Western Seminary and earned her law degree from Berkeley Law at the University of California, Berkeley. She has been married since 1994 and loves hanging out with her two young adult daughters. 


Dr. Bill Donahue

Transformational Leadership

Executive Coach, Speaker, Author

Bill Donahue has dedicated his career to developing high performance teams and uncovering practices that produce transformational leaders.

Having authored over a dozen books and resources, including the best-selling Leading Life-Changing Small Groups, and co-authored Coaching Life-Changing Leaders with Greg Bowman. Bill Donahue is a popular conference speaker and leadership consultant.

Bill has worked with a range of organizations in healthcare, manufacturing, financial services, faith-based non-profits, large churches, and entrepreneurial ventures. This includes organizations like AbbVie, McDonalds, BJC Healthcare, Astellas, Willow Creek, Amita Health, Allstate, North Point Ministries, and Washington University Medical School.

Bill’s research and writing focuses on helping leaders like you to become transformational leaders, build great teams, and launch life-changing groups. He co-leads the Doctor of Ministry program at Trinity International University, teaching courses in leadership, team-building, organizational communication, and group dynamics.

Bill Donahue is the Founder and President of the LeaderSync Group.

Philip Byers

Executive Pastor of Ministries at North Coast Church

Philip Byers currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries at North Coast Church located in Southern California. He joined North Coast in 2019 and previously served as a Life Group Pastor and Pastor of Life Group Operations. Prior to joining North Coast, he served as an Executive Pastor at an urban church plant in Dallas, Texas, and Groups Pastor and Campus Pastor at a large multi-site church in Frisco, Texas. Philip is passionate about small groups after having his life changed in a small group ministry after college. Since 2012, he has been helping churches large and small navigate discipleship pathways using small groups. Philip lives in Vista, CA with his wife Kelly, and their two boys Brady & Deacon.

Transform Your Ministry Starting Today

Get started by connecting with a coach. We begin by connecting with a free 20 minute “chemistry” call determine coach fit and discuss your needs and goals. There is no cost until a coaching plan is agreed upon.

Daniel Thomas

Connections Director


Daniel serves as Executive Pastor at Community Church of Mountain City, TN.  Daniel and his family are on a mission to establish roots within their community, fight for peace and serve well.  He serves as our Connections Director in laying the groundwork for Circles. He loves great coffee and traveling with his wife Tia and two children, Deklan and Aden



Individual Registration – $209.00

Team of 2 Registration (price per person) – $199.00

Team of 3 or more Registration (price per person) – $189.00

*Registration ends on Nov 8th, 2021. Walk-in registrations are not available.