The goal of NorthStar is to develop leaders who take ownership for personal growth and investment in the Kingdom as well as view themselves as life-long learners. As a result of the 2-year innovative, hands on training program trainees build a foundation of discernment in their personal walk with God and grow in their ability to relate to others in evangelism while learning to lead in the church.

As a result of NorthStar training program, churches can develop people who handle the Word more accurately, whether in teaching, leading a group, or helping others. Trainees are also equipped to help carry their load in the overall ministry of the church. Overall this training program infuses momentum in churches as it provides a vehicle for developing leaders who are grounded in the Word, have a heart for reaching out to others and can help shape values and culture of a church.

For pastors who desire to develop Value Shaping Ministries, 17:6 Network has done the work of developing a lay-leadership training program that helps pastors develop lay leaders with a different heart. Since the program, curriculum, and organization are already developed and available for pastors to use, pastors and staff can focus their time on the actual development of people through coaching and experiential training. Instead of sinking hours into materials or curriculum, pastors are empowered to put their time into their people—the church’s future.

Picture of NorthStar graduates
As a result of our first semester of training one of our men in training said that NorthStar has helped by giving him a pack of guys to run with and has really encouraged him to be more disciplined in his work, family life, and ministry.

NorthStar is a 2 year training program focused on helping people grow in walking with God intentionally by developing their character: Trainees develop character in NorthStar as they are challenged to complete every piece of the program while actively choosing God’s values over the world’s values. Character is developed through…


Experiential training meetings

1x1 & small group coaching


Trainees grow in knowledge through reading, watching videos, answering reflective questions, interactive training meetings, and seminars.


Trainees sharpen their skills in Bible study, leadership, evangelism and ministry through hands on training experiences in the context of church life.

NorthStar course outline


NorthStar is made up of eight 6-week courses over 2 years. Each 6-week course includes:


I have seen the confidence of our lay leaders grow as they read through the Bible and are given training in how to properly interpret difficult passages. The big difference between NorthStar and the other training programs we have tried is that NorthStar is not just an academic process. The coaching and experiential learning activities have the ability to shape the values of the trainees not just their minds.


A well designed training program can help you to not only acquire skill and understanding but also connect the dots in life. NorthStar is designed to help you do this.
Through the material, experiences and coaching, you will be connecting what you are learning into the larger pattern of what God is doing in your life and learn to navigate the pressure in such a way that you can grow both in character and understanding.

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Pressure Diagram
NorthStar has helped us identify potential leaders and given us a plan for training them.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is NorthStar?

A two year training program for men and women to train in the essentials for navigating the Christian life in today’s culture, offered at 17:6 Network churches. NorthStar consists of 8 six week courses that cover a variety of topics that help a Christian grow and develop as a follower of God and leader in His Kingdom. Each course consists of online homework, training meetings, coaching, social events, and a seminar or experiential training event. Trainees and coaches engage wide array of topics including studying God’s word, Christian history, biblical leadership, battling the enemy, relational evangelism, worldviews, value shaping, and motivating volunteers.

Who qualifies to be a trainees in NorthStar?

A member of a 17:6 Network church who is
– Giving regularly to their 17:6 Network Church
– Serving regularly to their 17:6 Network Church

How can my church start offering NorthStar as a training program for its members?

– A church must first become a member of the 17:6 Network. The Senior Pastor must lead the church in becoming a part of the 17:6 Network.
– Once a church is a member of the 17:6 Network, they can begin the process of starting NorthStar at their church.
– There are some fees to start NorthStar at your church.
Contact us for more information about offering NorthStar at your church.

What training categories are covered?

Studying the Bible, walking with God, following, leading, relational evangelism, storying the Bible, worldview, value shaping, and motivating volunteers.

How do I become a trainee in NorthStar?

You can become a trainee in NorthStar by
– Beginning to attend a 17:6 Network church,
– Giving to and serving regularly at a 17:6 Network church, and
– Contacting the pastor who oversees NorthStar at your 17:6 Network church and express interest. The leadership of the church will determine whether or not NorthStar is a good next step for you and the church based on the space available in the next NorthStar training group.