Pastor Cohort

The pastor cohort is a structured learning community that offers teaching, mentorship and accountability for church leaders in partnership with committed peers and faculty and staff. It offers the promise of intensive, transformational leadership development for a missionary church with flexibility and accommodation for the demands facing full-time, working pastors.

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Outcomes


  • To understand more deeply contemporary cultures and the challenges and opportunities they pose to the formation of Christian identity and practice.

  • To gain biblical and theological insight into the triune God’s mission and the church’s missionary identity.

  • To engage key social science literatures in organization and leadership in relation to church life and leadership.

  • To reflect critically on specific missionary challenges of the participants’ contexts.

  • To engage in action/reflection experiments intended to address those challenges.

  • To articulate a renewed understanding of one’s pastoral identity and practice for 21stcentury ministry.

Process


The cohort participants (capped at 12) commit to an 18-month learning journey.

Tracing God’s Movement in Our Lives and Neighborhoods

Learn by Doing: Using Action Learning to Discover God’s Leading

Sharing Our Learning: Intentional Reflections on Our Actions

  • 3 in-person gatherings

    There are three in-person gatherings of three days each, interspersed with reading, work in your ministry context and monthly video coaching.

  • Ministry challenges

    The work addresses current ministry challenges identified by participants and teams in their ministries.

  • Portfolio of artifacts

    Participants compile a portfolio of artifacts over the course of the program that showcase their learning and growth. This may include reflection papers, sermons, congregational curricula, a journal, surveys, interview or focus group transcripts and analysis, worship bulletins, websites, videos and other media.

Eligibility


The pastor cohort seeks clergy who have established basic pastoral competence yet hold promise for outstanding leadership in the church, with a significant time horizon in ministry ahead of them. Cohort candidates will:

  • Possess at least three years of ministry experience following seminary;

  • Be engaged in ministry full-time;

  • Be willing to take risks — personally and in their contexts — to learn and innovate in mission.

Commit to participating in three three-day retreats and an estimated average of two to four hours per week of experimentation, study and peer engagement outside of the retreats for the life of the 18-month program.

Tracing God’s Movement in Our Lives and Neighborhoods

Learn by Doing: Using Action Learning to Discover God’s Leading

Sharing Our Learning: Intentional Reflections on Our Actions

 

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