Bret Wells | Leader
D. Min., M.A., Practical Theologian, Launch and Lead Director, Coaching Strategist
Church Planter / Minister at The Gathering, Burleson, TX
Bret is a theologian, leadership coach, church planter, teacher, and father. Each of these roles serve as extensions of his calling to help people discover and live out purpose and calling in their own lives. Central themes in Bret’s theology include the Trinitarian God as a Community of Love, the missional paradigm as a necessary result of being created in the image of such a God, and the importance of the missional imagination as both prophetic message and vocational discernment. Along with his wife and three sons, Bret is also exploring the possibilities of missional-monastic rhythms in a single-family home.
Following a decade of ministry in established congregations, Bret transitioned to church planting in 2008. He launched, and is part of the lead team for a missional community known as The Gathering, in Burleson, TX. Bret is a certified professional coach, and coach trainer, specializing in the area of leadership and community development. He serves together with Rev. Dr. Larry Duggins, Denise Crane, and Rev. Luke Lingle as a collaborative lead team to direct the activities of the Missional Wisdom Foundation.
What Kind of God?: Reading the Bible with a Missional Church. Eugene: Cascade, 2018
Abide: A Guide to Living in Intentional Community. Contributor. Missional Wisdom Foundation, 2014.
“Helping the Church Be the Church: The Contribution of the New Monasticism,” in Catalyst: Contemporary Evangelical Perspectives for United Methodist Seminarians, February 2012.
Bret holds a D.Min. with an emphasis in Missional Church from the SMU Perkins School of Theology, an M.A. in Christian Ministry and M.Div. equivalency from the ACU Graduate School of Theology, and a B.S. in Psychology and Christian Ministry from Abilene Christian University. Bret also holds credentials as a Certified Professional Coach, and Energy Leadership Index – Master Practitioner from the ICF approved coach training program at the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching.
Launch and Lead Involvement:
Director of Launch & Lead
Co-leads training retreats
Coaches participants as needed
2.1 Missional Imagination
3.2 Creating Culture