Phil Maynard

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About Phil Maynard

Dr. Phil Maynard has served as Director, Path 1 Coaching Network (Discipleship Ministries) Director, Excellence in Ministry Coaching ( and Director, Coach Training for Leaders ( Before taking an early retirement to enter a full-time ministry of coaching, consulting, and training, Phil served as Director of Congregational Excellence for the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.Phil is a certified coach , an Endorsed coach (UMEA), a certified Conflict/Mediation Coach, and licensed trainer/facilitator. Phil is a graduate of Duke Divinity School (M.Div & Th.M); University of Kansas (M.S. Ed); and Drew (D.Min). He is a contributing author for the Transform One resource (ChurchSmart) and author of: Discovering the Possibilities, SHIFT, Tips, Tools & Activities, Foundations, Discipleship Coach Training Workbook, Real Discipleship Survey/Personal Report, Membership to Discipleship.

The Missing Piece

By Phil Maynard February 3, 2017 I have been a fan of Alan Hirsch since early in his work with the missional movement in America.  In his book, The Forgotten Ways, Alan describes the 4 P’s of Incarnational Ministry: presence, proximity, powerlessness, and proclamation.  I think this is a terrific insight for both the missional [...]


Forward When it comes to the big E word, we all know how to do it wrong, or how to not do it at all. But do we know how to do it right—with the unchurched, the nones, the never churched, the don’t-want-to-be-churched, or the please-leave-us-alone-happily-ever-after-unchurched? How do we share our faith with somewhat lonely, [...]

How We Create Relationships

  October 3, 2016 By Phil Maynard I have worked with a surprising number of churches recently that have expressed a need to help their members and friends learn how to build relationships. This is, of course, a foundational practice in the church, because . . . • First time guests are much more likely [...]

The 4 Keys to Building a Connecting Church

By Phil Maynard September 26,2016 Every church I meet with expresses in some way a desire to reach new people and engage them in becoming growing disciples of Jesus Christ. It is also true, however, that almost every church I meet with is in decline, resulting in fewer people participating in worship, less of a [...]

Starting with Why

By Phil Maynard September 19, 2016 Why? A few weeks ago, I was working with a group of churches and we were having a conversation about the ways in which Jesus could make a real difference in people’s lives, how following Jesus could fundamentally change the ways in which people live. An elderly woman, sitting [...]

To What Purpose?

 By Phil Maynard April 14, 2016 Recently, an Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church with which I have worked sent out a memorandum that clarified how local churches should count “community service hours” self-reported by worship attendees (they use the popular nomenclature, “salty service”).  This data collection is part of an ongoing data-driven analysis [...]

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Happy New Year

By Phil Maynard January 2, 2016 Pushing aside the debris of discarded wrapping paper and pushing away from the table after one more round of delectable Christmas feasting, I find myself pausing to be grateful for all of the blessings of the past year and how much our team here at EMC3 has accomplished in [...]

Membership to Discipleship: Defining the Terms

November 6, 2015 By Phil Maynard As we approach the release of my new Membership to Discipleship book in late November, I want to continue to give you some insights into how this book came to be.  It has been an organic outgrowth of decades of ministry work.  For years, both as a pastor of [...]

Membership to Discipleship: How a Book Was Born

November 2, 2015 By Phil Maynard I am very excited to share that on November 20th, we are officially launching a new book, called Membership to Discipleship.  This book is the product of many years of work with the leaders of individual congregations across the United States—it is, in a very real sense, the culmination [...]

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