About Charles Stone and StoneWell Ministries

"With 30 years of healthy ministry behind him, Charles understands the challenges pastors and churches face today. If something is keeping you or your church stuck, he can help you navigate out. I highly recommend Charles to train your team, guide you toward greater vision clarity, or speak at your event."

Lance Witt, former executive pastor, Saddleback Church
Author of Replenish

"In my 25 years working in book publishing, Charles is in that "top 5%" of authors whose words on paper are as equally compelling as when delivered live to an audience."

Kyle Duncan, book editor for 5 Ministry Killers

  I’ve been in ministry for 30 years, 20 of those as a senior pastor, and I started StoneWell Ministries to help pastors and churches get unstuck. See a personal video message from me about StoneWell by clicking here --> What is Stonewell? 

  I’ve served in churches over 1,000 in associate roles and most recently led a great church of 1,000 in the Chicago suburbs as senior pastor.  I also planted a church, raised three kids, and wrote two books. I’m now writing a third one for Inter-Varsity Press on pastors addicted to approval.

I coach pastors, consult with churches, speak, train church leaders, and write to help Christian leaders achieve their fullest kingdom potential. My wife Sherryl also coaches pastor's wives. Read more about her ministry by clicking here --> Sherryl.

I believe leaders must think well to lead well, so I integrate neuroleadership insight into the art of Christian leadership. Check out this cool animated video that explains neuroleadership by clicking here --> What is Neuroleadership?

I typically post two to three blogs a week on leadership, church ministry, neuroscience application to leadership, and soul and family care for the Christian leader. To make sure you don’t miss my newest posts, you can subscribe on my website by clicking here --> Charles Stone.


First, you will have an experienced Pastor-Coach as your Personal Coach.  All 30 of our Pastor-Coaches were coached and trained by one of our Ministry Advantage coaches and then recruited based on a rigorous set of standards and competencies. Most all of our coaches are still pastoring a successful church. Our coaching pool includes pastor-coaches experienced in leading churches of all sizes, backgrounds, and stages of development from church plants to mega churches over 10,000 in attendance.



A knowledgeable, ministry-experienced coach will personally coach during weekly telephone/Skype coaching sessions.  Your Personal Coach will take an active role in helping you develop and implement specific ministry processes tailored for your church. 

During these regular coaching calls your coach will guide and encourage you to achieve your plans one step at a time.  Your coach will also help keep you on track as you implement your plans and insure that you learn and apply each ministry strategy effectively before moving to the next step. The following is a check-list of what you can expect during this experience:

  • Pastors experience weekly telephone coaching calls (45-60 minutes) with a qualified pr­­­oven coach.
  • Coaching sessions are designed to be highly interactive.
  • Coaches utilize the MA Resource Modules to create specific and desired outcomes for each church.
  • Each coaching session ends with an agreed upon assignment of the next step (Task) in the process that the pastor will be learning and implementing in his church.
  • Pastors and coaches have the ability to communicate progress, questions, feedback, and solutions between sessions via the Internet.



Your coach will guide you in learning and implementing our unique 7Practices of Effective Churches with your staff, volunteer leaders, and your churchOur systems approach to coaching and church development contains practical training and specific steps to help you design and implement the breakthrough processes your church needs next.



  • Modular in design which makes it easy to “cherry pick” needed systems
  • Internet accessible modules
  • Coaching Videos
  • Library of “best practices”
  • Written content is bite-sized to enhance quick learning
  • Specific Tasks and Templates for easy application of each practice/skill
  • Transferable methods and systems
  • Resources for staff & volunteer development



See “7 Practices” in the side bar on this page. You can click on each title, for example, “Strategic Planning & Implementation” and read an overview of the coaching objectives in that module.


And finally, you will have the opportunity to participate in advanced Workshops and Seminars. 

Topics include:

  • Advanced Training 
  • Interactive Team Building/Development
  • Assessments and Evaluations
  • Networking. 

Other available Worshops and Resources: 

  • Building Powerful Ministry Teams
  • Personal DISCernment Inventory
  • Mastering the Art of Communication
  • High Performance Meetings
  • Managing Conflict
  • Leading From Your Strengths
  • Marriage Insights
  • Different by Design Marriage Conference
  • Developing & Managing People
  • Capital Campaigns


These practical application environments will help you refine and strengthen your skills and execute your strategies.


  • Bi-annual Workshop opportunities
  • Cutting-edge Webinars with nationally known church leaders
  • Interactive conference calls
  • Interactive online learning experiences with your coach using our Online Training Center
  • Question & Answer formats
  • Networking & Benchmarking opportunities with other pastors/churches
  • Developing valuable relationships with likeminded pastors

    Ministry Advantage Coaching provides a proven experience combining three powerful components that together help pastors develop an advanced skill set. This application oriented coaching is vital to a pastor who desires to take his leadership skills and his Church to the next level of effectiveness.                                   

    A Message from Russ

    President of Ministry Advantage