April gets to play in a bunch of spaces with a diversity of range people through coaching, speaking, and writing. She's an in-demand coach for growing leaders all over the country. She speaks and writes frequently on matters of leadership, youth ministry, and soul care.
Before crossing the bridge into this new world, April pastored in the local church for nearly 20 years. She was on staff at Newsong Church (Orange County, CA) where she had 6 different pastoral roles in 10 years, from youth ministry to executive leadership. Prior to Newsong, she was involved in Willow Creek Community Church’s youth ministry for 7 years.
She’s the Director of Coaching for The Youth Cartel, coaching youth workers all over the country through the Youth Ministry Coaching Program (YMCP). Over the past 3 years, she's developed coaching cohorts all over the country and has co-trained 15 coaches who coach through the 1-on-1 coaching platform.
She’s also a Student Ministry Associate at the Slingshot Group, passionately connecting next level churches and youth workers through staffing searches and coaching.
April has participated in Fuller Youth Institute’s Advisory Council since their formation (2007) and has been heavily involved in the Sticky Faith movement on every level. Currently, she’s a Sticky Faith Certified Coach and Trainer, which basically means she’s all about helping churches lead through the change process so teenagers love Jesus for a lifetime.
April became a certified coach through the Center for Advanced Coaching.
Her first book, Redefining the Role of the Youth Worker: A Manifesto of Integration is a compelling vision for the church’s role with teenagers.
Interested in reading "25 Random but True" facts about her? They're pretty hilarious ... and embarrassing.
On a personal note, she’s a total girly girl, reads more than she can put into practice, and works many nights from her bed while watching reality TV in the background.
April is still crazy about her high school sweetheart, Brian. They’ve been together over half their lives and he’s still her favorite person. There's no one in the world who supports, cheerleads, challenges and loves this woman like this man. And he makes her laugh every day. There's so many things she wishes she could tweet about the brilliant and hilarious things he says, but that wouldn't be right.
After a deep calling into international adoption and a subsequent excruciating infertility journey, they became parents. In January 2011 they became a "forever family" when they brought home the most beautiful Ethiopians, Judah and Addise. In a total miracle, fifteen months later they welcomed bio son, Asher, into the world. Being a mom to these 3 little people has changed April at her core. Motherhood is simultaneously the best and hardest thing she gets to do.
In the summer of '15, the Diaz family moved from Southern California (their home of 11 years!) to Northern Indiana to begin a new adventure together.
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At Slingshot Group I work with churches to staff and coach toward the remarkable. We partner with the local church to find and build the best leaders possible. We take the time to invest in relationships, we never give up, and we find innovative solutions that will help move your church to the next level. If you're looking toward your next role in a church, connect with us to work on your behalf in aligning you with a great position and church community.
The Youth Cartel’s aim is to instigate a revolution in youth ministry. How great is that?!? These crazy guys took a chance on me and published my first book (2013)! Then, I joined their training team through “The Best Ever Parent Training Ever” seminars. In 2014 I launched a Women in Youth Ministry Cohort with 9 fabulous women from all over the country from a variety of denominations and experiences. In June 2014 I officially accepted a role to become the Director of Coaching. We're continuously launching new cohorts cohorts all over the country.
There probably isn't an organization that's more deeply impacting youth ministry and families than FYI. They are passionately committed to "turning resources into practical resources". I've been an Advisory Council Member since their formation and in the past few years as a Sticky Faith Certified Trainer and Coach. If your church needs help integrating Sticky Faith into your community, I'd love to help.