Pastors are our passion.

Pastors and churches want more than a book or conference to increase their leadership capacity and grow their church. Coaching.Church provides one on one and group coaching to incorporate leadership practices that will see them accomplish goals and move their church forward.

Healthy and Thriving

Our passion is to see every church leader healthy and every church thriving. We believe that when Jesus founded the church He intended for it to impact the culture. The local church mobilized brings God's hope to a hurting world. At the helm of every church is a pastor. Far too often, pastors are worn out, isolated, and insecure in their abilities. Pastors are our passion and if we can see every pastor healthy, we believe we can see every church thrive.

Coaching.Church was founded by Jason Doran. Jason has a passion to see pastors healthy and their church's thriving. He has pastored a small rural church in the middle of hunting country in Alabama, planted a church with ARC (Association of Related Churches) in a coastal city in North Carolina, and is currently the Lead Pastor of Motion Church in Lexington, Kentucky that continues to grow and influence the bluegrass region. His experience has given him a heart to see pastors of smaller congregations learn how to take steps towards greater impact, to see church planters get off the ground and have the insight to succeed, and to see growing churches navigate the challenges of overcoming growth barriers.

At the heart of who we are is a passion for you to succeed. We believe that with life-giving pastoral relationships, empowering questions, and practical insight for your church context you will be healthier than ever before and see fruitfulness in your ministry.

What makes Coaching.Church unique?

Life-giving Pastoral Friendships

Don't do ministry alone! Life moves at the speed of our relationships and so does your ministry. Having a network of pastors in your corner makes a tremendous difference.

We strive to help you develop the kind of pastoral friendships you have been looking for.

Empowering Conversations

A sermon is great - it can serve as a catalyst to move towards change. A book is awesome - it can open up your eyes to new ideas. An empowering conversation is priceless - it can bring accountability around your ideas and passion to help you see it through.

Great content, the right questions, and accountability around follow-through will change the game for you.

"Relevant to Your Context" Insight

Don't you hate learning something you can't apply! "How to manage staff meetings" when you don't have any staff or "breaking 1000 people in attendance" when you have 200 people on Easter can be deflating.

Our goal is to provide "relevant to your context" insight and practices. We provide what a leader in your church size, age, and culture needs to know to move forward.

Meet our coaches.

TJ Hankey

T.J. Hankey felt called to be a pastor shortly after he graduated from high school in Sarasota, FL. With this new purpose in mind, he started his education through a local church program called the Master’s Commission. It was here that he gained valuable experience and education through Global and Southeastern Universities. While serving his local church, he met his beautiful wife Leah.

In 2011, T.J. and Leah set out on the incredible adventure of planting a new, life-giving, church on the west side of Sarasota. On January 29th, 2012, The Shore Church had its first service. Over the next 8-and-a-half years, The Shore saw more than 1,000 people make the decision to follow Jesus with their entire lives.

In the summer of 2020, T.J. and Leah once again felt a clear call from God to plant a life-giving church. This time, in the Treasure Valley of Idaho. Refresh Church has built an incredible team to see people refreshed by the presence of God and discover their purpose in Him.

The Refresh Church grand opening service was September 26th, 2021!

Pastor T.J. is a gifted teacher and communicator. He has a passion for making God’s word relatable and practical, and he has a heart for reaching people right where they are and introducing them to the refreshing message of Jesus. In their free time, T.J. and Leah like spending time outdoors with their four children Mckenna, Addison, Cecelia, and Layton.

Every pastor and every church?

Every is a very big word, but it really is the word that started it all for Coaching.Church. Coaching has existed in the business world for some time, but has been a fairly new phenomenon in the church world. For the most part, it has only been something that has been available to churches with enough disposable income to invest in the pastors and ministry like that. It is our passion that "every" pastor and "every" church has access to quality coaching that can take their ministry to the next level.

Because of our passion for every pastor and every church, we want to make sure that our coaching is available to churches with hundreds or thousands of people in attendance as well as those with less than 100 people on a Sunday. We also want to make sure that the pastors that are starting churches in developing countries and with unreached people groups are trained, equiped and coached as well. For us, every means local and global. For us, every means coaching is available for you.


Included in the pricing for your coaching, whether it is through Coaching Groups, One on One, or Courses, is funds that will provide coaching for pastors pioneering works among unreached people groups.

Also, a scholarship fund is available for churches who need the cost of coaching to be subsidized to their budget. If you would like to invest in the scholarship fund or request a scholarship, click here.