Celera Church Strategy

Celera Church Strategy Group Logo

What is Celera Church Strategy Group?

The sole purpose of Celera Church Strategy Group is to “Raise the national average of church attendance in America.”

Celera is an entirely different strategy to reach people for Christ – to equip churches nationwide by sharing resources for the Kingdom. By empowering the local church we see our ability together to reach the lost and restore the disadvantaged exponentially multiplied across the country.

The facts prove a need: Nearly 2,400 churches nationwide closed their doors last year, and in 2000, the estimated number of churches in the U.S. was 331,000, with an average attendance of 127 people. We want to partner with you to help your church grow – to reach more people for Christ. We provide specialized programs, and coaching with a team comprised of some of the greatest leaders & innovators in the church world today.

Who is Celera Church Strategy Group?

Chris Sonksen – Founder

Chris is founding pastor of South Hills Community Church in Corona, California. In just ten years South Hills has seen tremendous growth, thriving in a multi-site approach. Chris has an unwavering commitment to excellence in all things, teamwork for a common purpose, lifelong personal growth, adding value through every available means and developing leaders to their fullest potential.

Chris serves as both a life and professional coach to church and business leaders nationwide. A motivational speaker for companies such as Verizon, Securitas and Home Depot, Chris brings high-energy focus and a passion for vision and leadership to encourage and equip the local Church.

Mark Batterson

Mark Batterson serves as lead pastor of National Community Church (www.theaterchurch.com) in Washington, DC. NCC was recognized as one of the Most Innovative and Most Influential Churches in America by Outreach Magazine in 2008. One church with nine services in five locations, NCC is focused on reaching emerging generations. Approximately 70% of NCCers are single twenty-somethings.

Mark has two Masters Degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of a best-selling book, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day. His latest release is Wild Goose Chase. And he is a daily blogger @ http://www.markbatterson.com.

Jason Harper

As a person, Jason is first and foremost a father and husband. With a commitment to live life to the fullest, Jason seeks to push the envelope of life. As a seeker of relevant truth and a communicator of authentic faith, his life connects to those from all facets and faiths.

Believing that Jesus Christ is more than a punch line of frustration, Jason seeks to communicate hope. Whether in a third world country or with a fortune 500 CEO, Jason builds bridges. These adventures have taken him to places that have changed him and challenged him. From Calcutta to California, change.  Authentic. Bold. Relateable. Driven.

Dan Reiland

Dan Reiland serves as Executive Pastor at 12Stone Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He previously partnered with John Maxwell for 20 years, first as Executive Pastor at Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego, then as Vice President of Leadership and Church Development at INJOY.

Dan is best known as a leader with a pastor’s heart; he truly loves the local church, but is also described as one of the nation’s most innovative church thinkers.  His passion is developing leaders for the local church. His semi-monthly e-newsletter, The Pastor’s Coach is distributed to over 60,000 subscribers, www.injoy.com.

Jud Wilhite

Jud Wilhite is senior pastor of Central Christian Church in the Las Vegas area. Over 15,000 attend Central’s campuses along with a global community who attend online. Jud is the author of several books including Eyes Wide Open: See and Live the Real You, Uncensored Grace and Deadly Viper Character Assassins with Mike Foster.

Under Jud’s leadership, Central is dedicated to helping people find their way to God. He is known for his conversational approach to teaching the Bible and his passion to help others know God and love him more.

Mark Cole

Mark Cole is uniquely qualified to add value to pastors, churches, and church leadership teams. Mark served as Executive Pastor for 10 years in Jonesboro, Georgia before taking a position with INJOY.  INJOY is a leadership development company committed to training and equipping leaders.

In the past 8 ½ years, Mark has served in several capacities in the John Maxwell founded companies INJOY, INJOY Stewardship Services and EQUIP. Much of that time he has been Executive Vice President of INJOY overseeing all operations of the INJOY family of brands (Catalyst, Maximum Impact Simulcast, Thrive, INJOY and others).

Mike Foster

As well as co-founding PlainJoe in 2001, Mike Foster has also lead the creative and marketing vision of several organizations over the last few years including xxxChurch.com, ethur and the Junky Car Club. Mike’s background in grass roots marketing and media have been the medium for his idea generating/cultivating approaches to making a difference in this world. Mike and his wife Jennifer two children and live in Corona.

What does Celera Church Strategy Group offer to help church growth?

Free Resources: Posted weekly at www.chrissonksen.wordpress.com you will find free articles to shift your thinking and help you find new direction and inspiration. Current posts include:

  • Are You A Control Freak?
  • Becoming a Master Communicator
  • Changing Your Life One Thought at a Time
  • Creating a Creative Environment
  • Hiring the Wrong Person Could Cost You
  • How to Be a Terrible Leader
  • How to Bring Clear Vision
  • Ideas for Working More Effectively
  • Keeping the Dream Alive
  • Reducing Team Conflict
  • Relational Equity
  • Seven Fundamentals for Leading With Success
  • Things That Do Not Require Talent
  • Whatever You Seek, You Find

You can Subscribe to Chris Sonksen’s Church Growth & Leadership Blog rss feed.

Recommended Reading List

Chris and the team will share recommendations for self help books that are power packed with motivation, tips, techniques and inspirational stories to help you grow. Books like:

  • In Search of Higher Ground, Chris Sonksen
  • Good to Great, Jim Collins
  • Leadership Gold, John Maxwell
  • The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John Maxwell
  • The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, John Maxwell
  • IT, Craig Groeschel
  • Simple Church, Thom S. Rainer & Eric Geiger
  • Our Iceberg is Melting, John Kotter

Paid Resources

Weekend Sermon Series Themes

These creative series themes can create interest, and provide a thought-provoking, emotional connection that prepares people to hear the message.

Series Packages may include:

  • Message outlines
  • Artwork for flyer or mailer
  • Banner art
  • Series promotional or lead-in video
  • Transcriptions of sermons
  • Other elements & suggestions

All-church Involvement Series may include:

  • Small Group Curriculum
  • Devotional Guides

Network Coaching

Why Coaching?

A Celera church growth coaching relationship can help you gain the traction and momentum in your ministry to have a significant impact in your community and connect people to God. We’ll focus on objectives, monitor progress, address challenges, and set priorities. With our team of seasoned leaders and church innovators, you’ll benefit from years of experience that can dramatically increase your church’s impact.

Network Coaching (group coaching)

Imagine having the opportunity to talk with one of the most respected experts in outreach strategy, or leadership development. Celera Church Strategy Group church growth program is one of the few places where you can have that kind of access. You’ll network with up to 30 other pastors, and together have the opportunity to share specific challenges, ask questions and learn from some of the greatest experts in the country.

How it Works: Network coaching is provided in a closed group meeting for one hour, once a month, for 12 months. The time includes a coach speaking on a specific point of leadership or strategy, as well as Q & A. Sessions may be provided via phone or webinar, so they’re convenient and cost-efficient.

Celera Church Growth Coaching Membership

Benefits When you become a Celera Group Coaching member, you’ll receive the following additional benefits:

  • Roundtable discussion once per year. Have the opportunity to come together with your network group and one or two of the coaches for a full day of discussion, connection and other activities such as golf. Meeting in person is a great way to develop relationships and encourage collaboration.
  • 25% discount on all Celera products and resources


Network groups

Cost $ 149.00 per month

Includes monthly network group, two one-on-one annual coaching sessions, one annual Round Table invitation, and one free weekend series package.

Celera Church Growth weekend series package information coming soon.

Celera Church Strategy Group’s, Church Growth Secret Church Shopper Program

91% of the people who visited your church last week decided they’re not coming back. Let us tell you why. Get a first-person perspective on what it’s really like to visit your church. Celera sends a “Secret Church Shopper” to investigate your church, looking at it objectively from a newcomer’s point of view. We evaluate your church from the curb to the chair – looking at information, signage, environment and much more. This provides valuable insight into potential blind spots, as well as objective feedback about your church experience, and can also help close the “back door” to improve retention. Imagine how much insight you could gain from someone evaluating your church from top to bottom without anyone knowing it… That’s what the secret shopper is all about.

The Wall Street Journal wrote an article about the Secret Church Shopper Program.

To contact Celera Church Strategy Group call 951.734.4141 ext160

Bookmark and Share

Follow Us

Celera Church Strategy Facebook Fan PageCelera Church Strategy Group on Twitter

%d bloggers like this: