Our Story

Community is a powerful by-product of living on mission for God but it is not the target.

In 2010, I was leading a small group with 12-14 guys.  I was happy…  VERY happy.  I love the mentoring that happens in a small group.  I love the relationships.  But, I knew there was more that Jesus wanted out of my leadership than “community.”  Community is a powerful by-product of living on mission for God but it is not the target.  The mission to redeem the world was the target, and my community wasn’t accomplishing that mission on the scale Jesus modeled.

Something had to change… and that something was me and my leadership.  I needed to develop leaders, but I didn’t know how.

Over the next 4 months, God showed me the guys in my group that could lead their own groups and told me to disciple them for one year as they did it.  He also told me to stop leading my small group so I could focus on leading leaders.

Followers Made and Leaders Made are the products that came out of this adventure.  These tools have changed our church, and now they are starting to change other churches around the country.

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Meet the Team

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Brian Phipps
Pastor, Consultant, Husband, Father

Brian Phipps serves as the Next Steps pastor at Westside Family Church in Lenexa, KS, bringing strong leadership and investments in championing the spiritual growth of that congregation.

Brian is experienced as a church planter, Senior Pastor, and discipleship and small groups Pastor. He received his BA in religion from the University of South Carolina, and a Masters of Divinity and M.A. in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando.

He and his wife, Carol, have been married since 1994 and have three amazing kids, Hannah, Sammy, and Caleb. Brian loves to hang out with his family and friends, play golf, fish, and play Texas Hold-Em’, and he enjoys classic rock.

Brian’s passion is to empower every Christ follower to discover, develop, and optimize their character and calling in order to make the biggest IMPACT on the world for Christ.

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Mike Tanner
Discipler, Consultant, Husband, Father

Mike Tanner has worked in both the youth ministry field and in software development.  He currently runs his businesses from home in order to be a stay at home dad for his two children.

Mike received his Bachelors in Computer System Engineering from the University of Arkansas but quickly saw God leading him into ministry and has received a Masters of Divinity in Christian Education from Southern Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.

He and his wife, Caryn, have been married since 1995 and have two children, Gavin and Kierra.  Mike loves to be with his wife and kids and they especially enjoy traveling.  He loves remodeling his house whenever possible and has been know to play a few video games.

Mike’s passion is to come alongside churches and help them carry out the great commission.  Whatever can be done to expand God’s Kingdom is where you will find him.