What if your church could have a more impactful ministry for the 21st century?

It probably won't come through another expert, another conference, or another mission statement. Instead, it's time to experiment your way into a new future.

Through a process of prototyping and iterating, you can take on the adaptive challenges your congregation faces AND connect more deeply with the community around you.

The Adaptive Church Leadership Cohort offers your church team the guides and the fellow travelers for this adventure.

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OVERWHELMED BY CHANGE?

If you find yourself overwhelmed by the challenges before you want to learn to lead real adaptive change, the Adaptive Church Leadership Cohort offers the resourcing, the team approach, a community of fellow travelers, and the coaching that can help you take the important steps towards more impactful ministry in a radically changed world.


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YOU WILL LEARN...

SKILLS FOR LEADING THROUGH CHANGE

HOW TO CRAFT
EFFECTIVE MISSIONAL EXPERIMENTS

NAVIGATE A CONGREGATION THROUGH CHANGE

Through an 18 month process, a team of up to 6 participants from your congregation will discover and live into the principles of adaptive change that lead to impactful ministry in the 21st century. You will learn how to be more attentive and strategic about experimenting on the edges and reshaping the culture within your church to more effectively be the church for a changing world. You will have access to one of the most sought after consultants and coaches in adaptive change, Tod Bolsinger, for real-time feedback, discussion, and support. You will be supported in the work of adaptive change in your local congregation by a coach who will work with your team through the opportunities and challenges that arise in the day to day implementation. And you will be connected to other church leaders and teams navigating a similar journey through peer conversation, online chat group, and in-person summits.

What is Included?

Phase 1: Preparing for Adaptive Change
Recruiting a transformation team, utilizing the Observation/Interpretation cycle, and identifying the congregational DNA that is critical for the adaptive process.

Phase 2: Prototyping Adaptive Change
Learning the principles and practices of prototyping, leading from the margins, overcoming sabotage, and building adaptive capacity within your congregation.

Phase 3: Building Adaptive Capacity
Interpreting learnings, maintaining disciplined attention, applying internal change interventions, and iterating experimentation.

Phase 4: Becoming an Adaptive Church
Leading through learning, gaining congregational involvement in the change process, developing capacity for enduring change.

What Happens?

  • 3 summits: Extended training time with thought leaders and peers
  • Online content: To further your learning and share with your congregation
  • Webinars: To interface with training and inspiration between summit gatherings
  • Guided tools: To use locally for missional experimentation
  • Team coaching: To support your church team in turning ideas into action
  • Cohort coaching: To foster idea-sharing and feedback from peer churches

Where will the in-person gathering take place?

As of now, the in-person summit location and start date are TBD. Apply now to submit your interest in the Cohort and you will be contacted with specifics as the dates are secured for 2022.

MEET YOUR GUIDE

JIM JER SEY

JIM JER SEY

JIM JER SEY

Tod Bolsinger, recognized leader in the field of adaptive leadership in the church and colleagues from Fuller Seminary; partnering with Fresh Expressions US, a network of leaders with a track record of mission experimentation emerging out of inherited church systems; and other leading voices in the field.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do we know if we’re a good fit for the cohort?

You know that there will be no “return to normal”.

You have read “Canoeing the Mountains,” but are having trouble applying it in your setting.

You want to develop a small team of explorers and adventurers who can lead into the unknown.

You want to become the best leadership team you can be for God’s work in the world in this new ministry landscape.

You have tried to lead change and got stuck when you faced resistance or apathy.

You are ready to move from the strategies of the past and the divisions of the present and want to experiment your way into a new future.

You are not the only church that is struggling to figure out new ways of being the church in a changing world. But if you care about entering into that struggle and discovering the unique opportunities for your church to engage a changing world, you are a good fit for this cohort.

Who should attend the summits?

We allow up to 6 people from a participating church to attend the summits. Included on this team should be a mixture of:

Permission Givers: senior pastor, associate pastor, influential leaders (elders, key leaders, trusted mentors) who have the role and influence to effect cultural shifts in the church system

Pioneers: entrepreneurial disciples who are interested in mission experimentation in and beyond the local congregation

Both Permission Givers and Pioneers will be critical to the process and should be in the conversation from the start.  

When and where are the summits?

2022 Adaptive Church Cohort:

  • Location TBD (potentially in the Southeastern part of the US)
  • 2 summits will be in-person gatherings
  • 1 will be a 2 day virtual format

How will the COVID 19 situation affect the Cohort?

Recognizing the uncertainty of the pandemic, we will continue to follow the best practices and governmental guidelines in planning for any in-person gatherings. In situations where traveling or gathering are not advisable, we can shift to a fully virtual learning experience or a hybrid experience with live-streaming. We believe there is power in a retreat experience beyond the presentations and coaching times--the shared conversations and meals with others--but we recognize that we have to be flexible when that cannot happen.

What is the cost?

The full price for your entire team (6 people) to participate in the Adaptive Church Cohort is $5999, which includes training, materials, coaching, and meals at 2 in-person summits. The payments will be spread out throughout the 18-month process.

Nonrefundable deposit: $1000

18 monthly payments: $279

Do you have scholarships available?

We hope to. We know that many churches can stretch their budget and send a team, and we have worked hard to make this robust cohort experience fit within the budget of even medium-sized churches. In addition, we have implemented an installment payment system to span 2 annual budget cycles over the duration of the cohorts. However, we are hoping there may be scholarships available for churches in need of a little extra support. If you feel that your church should be considered for a scholarship, we invite you to submit the scholarship portion with your initial application. Please recognize that we will be prioritizing churches that have significant financial need and/or will add elements of diversity to the cohort experience.

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