Are you ready to cut through the noise of church growth programs and zero in on cutting-edge research and practice?

Do you know things in your church have to change, but you don’t know what to do about it?

Do you know the world has changed, but feel like your church is disconnected from the everyday life of your community?

Are you tired of thinking about transformation, and ready to at least try something?

We want to walk with you and your team to do just that.

Through an 18-month cohort process, you will discover how to be attentive and strategic in re-shaping the culture within your church in order to more effectively BE the church in a changing world.



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Featuring 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. 

What is Included?

  • Scholarly yet practical

  • Internal congregational change process for outward mission impact

  • Seminar and experiential learning

  • Coaching for just-in-time learning and for the courage to face inevitable resistance

What Happens?

3 in-person 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


Get in on the ground floor of this cohort with Tod Bolsinger and take a deep dive into applying the principles of Canoeing the Mountains in your local church!  

The deadline to apply is August 1, 2020.

Limited spaces are available.

*Note that we require 18 churches to be registered to be able to run the cohort.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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