PIONEER COHORT

A 10-Month Cohort Training in How to Start New Expressions of Church

Experience training, support, and community for pioneering leaders experimenting with starting new communities of faith.

This action-oriented learning experience will help you identify “who” God is placing on your heart and how to begin to form and deepen community among them.

English and Spanish Options Available!

PIONEER COHORT

A 10-Month Cohort Training in How to Start New Expressions of Church

Experience training, support, and community for pioneering leaders experimenting with starting new communities of faith.

This action-oriented learning experience will help you identify “who” God is placing on your heart and how to begin to form and deepen community among them.

English and Spanish Options Available!

The Pioneer Cohort Includes:

  • Monthly webinars: Practical training, shared discussion, and actionable steps to move forward in your mission
  • Activity guides and training content: Practices and activities to implement in your own setting
  • Monthly coaching: Support from experienced practitioners
  • Learning community: Online community where questions, ideas and insights can be shared

Upcoming Cohorts

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Virtual Cohort

Starting October 12

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Cohorte de Arquitectos de Expresiones Divinas

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Cohort Schedules

Virtual Pioneer Cohort

  • Oct 12--Virtual Cohort Kickoff
  • Nov 9--Virtual Cohort Meet-Up
  • Nov 23--Coaching Check in
  • Dec 14--Virtual Cohort Meet-Up
  • Jan 11--Virtual Cohort Meet-Up
  • Jan 25--Coaching Check in
  • Feb 8--Virtual Cohort Meet-Up
  • Feb 22--Coaching Check in
  • Mar 15--Virtual Cohort Meet-Up
  • Mar 22--Coaching Check in
  • April 12--Virtual Cohort Meet-Up
  • April 26--Coaching Check in
  • May 10--Virtual Cohort Meet-Up
  • May 23--Coaching Check in
  • June 14--Virtual Cohort Meet-Up
  • June 28--Coaching Check in
  • July 12-Virtual Cohort Meet-Up and Wrap-Up

Sesiones de enseñanza

Primer viernes de cada mes a partir del 1 de octubre de 2021

  • Sesión 1 - 1 de octubre de 2021
  • Sesión 2 - 5 de noviembre de 2021
  • Sesión 3 - 3 de diciembre de 2021
  • Sesión 4 - 7 de enero de 2022
  • Sesión 5 - 4 de febrero de 2022
  • Sesión 6 - 6 de marzo de 2022
  • Sesión 7 - 1 de abril de 2022
  • Sesión 8 - 6 de mayo de 2022
  • Sesión 9 - 3 de junio de 2022
  • Sesión 10 - 1 de julio de 2022
  • Sesión 11 - 5 de agosto de 2022
  • Sesión 12 - 1 de septiembre de 2022
  • Sesión 13 - 7 de octubre de 2022

Sesiones de coaching

Tercer martes de cada mes a partir del 19 de octubre, 2021

* Primer grupo 6:00 -7: 30pm/ * Segundo grupo 7: 30-9: 00pm EST

  • Coaching - 19 de octubre de 2021
  • Coaching - 16 de noviembre de 2021
  • Coaching - 21 de diciembre de 2021 (tentativamente por vacaciones)
  • Coaching - 18 de enero de 2022
  • Coaching - 15 de febrero de 2022
  • Coaching - 15 de marzo de 2022
  • Coaching - 19 de abril de 2022
  • Coaching - 17 de mayo de 2022
  • Coaching - 21 de junio de 2022
  • Coaching - 19 de julio de 2022
  • Coaching - 16 de agosto de 2022
  • Coaching - 20 de septiembre de 2022
  • Coaching - 18 de octubre de 2022

Pioneer Cohort Trainers

Heather Jallad

The Rev. Heather Jallad serves as Lead Pastor at Sugarloaf UMC in Duluth, Georgia and as Lead Cultivator of The Greenhouse (a network of pioneers) for the North Georgia Annual Conference. She pioneered the Common Ground Network, a network of fresh expressions, at Mount Pisgah UMC in Johns Creek and The Douglasville Dinner Church in Douglasville, GA. She holds a BA in Mass Communications from University of South Florida, an MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary, and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Church Renewal and Pioneer Ministry at United Theological Seminary. She and her husband Marten have been married for 27 years and have two daughters.

Mitch Marcello

Mitch Marcello is the Director of the Acts Network, a collection of fresh expressions of faith connected with a local United Methodist church in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and a trainer with Fresh Expressions US. He works with leaders to explore faith expressions, create meaningful communities and grow personal understanding about what it means to be a disciple in a rapidly changing culture. He has helped to start fresh expressions of church among communities of artists, swing dancers, game-players, rugby players, hikers, cross-fit, and around dinner tables at a repurposed warehouse in a local neighborhood known as the Pajama Factory. Mitch is currently completing a Masters program in Creativity and Innovation, and has been helping Christian leaders apply tools for innovation to mission and ministry. Mitch holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts and an Artist Diploma from Carnegie Mellon University.

Edwin Andrabe

Edwin Andrabe serves as co-pastor of Riverside Presbyterian Church in Sterling, VA, one church that worships in two languages. He has pioneered Lunch for the Soul, a fresh expression with day laborers, and has experimented with several fresh expression initiatives as a an outgrowth of a partnership with a local Title 1 elementary school. Edwin is Coach with the PCUSA's New Worshipping Communities initiative, and has coached church planters and ministry leaders across the country. Edwin's wife, Karina, shares his heart for mission, and together they are busy raising 2 boys, ages 12 and 15.

Who is this Cohort for?

This cohort journey is designed to walk alongside pioneering ministry leaders for a duration of 10 months. You must be committed to experimenting with relationship building in your community…not merely taking notes or learning theory. You should expect to be spending time in your community with non-church people each week, and to be spending time in conversation and prayer with a developing team over the duration of the cohort.

What are the goals of this Cohort experience? 

By the end of the 10 month journey, our goal is that you will:

  • Be actively experimenting with gathering or deepening the sense of community among an identified people group or network
  • Have recruited and developed a team of 1-3 people working with you in this mission
  • Have an active prayer team praying for this mission
  • Be engaged in intentional spiritual practices personally and with your team
  • Be prepared to move into the “exploring discipleship” and “church taking shape” aspects of the fresh expression journey as the Spirit leads. We realize that it takes time to get to this phase of the journey of incarnational mission, and we will not ask you to force it. But you will be prepared for that time when the time is ripe.

What will we be doing? 

The trajectory of the cohort experience is divided into four segments.

1. Discern—In the first quarter, we will begin to practice “dwelling” in such a way that we recognize some things about ourselves and the community and begin to discern the “who” God is placing on our hearts

2. Develop—In the second quarter, we will be working on developing relationships and recruiting team. We will focus on participating in what God is already doing in the world, and will engage in relationship building that honors people and reflects the heart of God.

3. Deepen—In the third quarter, we will be moving into deeper engagement with team and working on building or deepening a sense of community among those we are loving and serving. We will begin orienting and preparing for the possibilities for discipleship and worship that take seriously the mission context.

4. Discover—In the final sessions, we will develop capacity for ongoing evaluation and iteration in the mission, so that this process can continue beyond the conclusion of the cohort.



Learn how to equip and support pioneering leaders in your congregation to start new communities of faith.

Virtual Cohort

Starting October 12

Cohorte de Arquitectos de Expresiones Divinas

comienza el 1 de octubre