How do we know if we’re a good fit for the cohort?
Have you read “Canoeing the Mountains,” and think it was great, but you are having trouble applying it in your local setting? Have you tried to implement adaptive change in your congregation, and got stuck when you faced apathy or resistance? Are you a medium to small-sized congregation and know you need to make some changes? Are you a larger congregation that is trying to break out of the consumer-oriented modes of ministry that thwart your desire for a deeper, more missional church? When you look out on your community and you wish your church were out there making a bigger difference, does your heart break?
If any of these sound familiar, this cohort is a good fit for you.
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?
2020 Adaptive Church Cohort:
September 18-19, 2020
January 22-23, 2021
October 1-2, 2021
First Baptist Church, Arlington, TX
What if the COVID 19 situation continues to affect gatherings and travel in September when this cohort is set to kick off?
If the extraordinary circumstances of the Coronavirus Pandemic continue into the fall of 2020, we will look at two options: 1) push the start date to the January summit and add another end summit to the lineup, or 2) convene the first summit online. We will be carefully monitoring the situation and heeding the advice of federal and local authorities and public health officials as we discern the best way forward.
What is the cost?
A team of 6 can join the 18-month cohort for three payments of $3000. This covers tuition/registration/coaching/materials/most meals for the summit. Travel and lodging for the summits are an additional cost.
The payment schedule: Deposit upon approval into the cohort: $3000
January 15, 2021: $3000
September 15, 2021: $3000
Do you have scholarships available?
Yes, we do. We know that many churches can stretch their budget and send a team. In addition, we have implemented an installment payment system to span 2 annual budget cycles over the duration of the cohorts. However, there are scholarships available for churches in need of a little 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.
When will I hear if my application is approved?
The first round of applicants will be notified on or before May 15.
The second round of applicants will be notified on or before June 15.
After that, applicants will be notified on a rolling basis.
This first cohort will be capped at 35 churches. Once we have reached our maximum capacity, we will put approved applicants on a waiting list for the next cohort.