Is it the right time for my church to join the Sticky Faith Cohort?
We’ve been delighted and humbled by the range of churches from multiple denominations and all sizes that have participated in the Sticky Faith Cohort over the past six years. We’re gearing up for our next cohort starting in January 2016. One of the questions we often get asked by leaders considering the cohort is:
“How do we know if it’s the right time?”
Here are 6 things to consider as you think about joining the Cohort:
Discuss the Cohort process and ask all your questions directly with Kara Powell, Brad Griffin and a Cohort alum on September 16th at 9:30am PST.
Dial: (712) 832-8320
Access Code: 559575
Reserve your spot on the free call by emailing Brian Nelson: [email protected].
Start having conversations with other team members that push you to look at both what you’re doing in ministry and why you’re doing it. Often we find churches love the Cohort because it brings them together on a new, refreshed page as one team.
What is your vision for partnership with children’s ministry leadership at your church? Churches who see the most gains during the Cohort process tend to move towards synergy between youth and children’s ministry.
How do you want to utilize training opportunities next year? Consider focusing your team training efforts and budget toward the 2016 Cohort in order to create a clear collaborative mission and leverage our research-based resources. We’ll supply you with volunteer training tools and an interactive process for your team to engage for the year!
How involved is your senior pastor with your ministry’s mission? The cohort helps bring everyone on the same page to move toward a clear vision together. Consider garnering support from your senior pastor and other leadership for your church’s participation in a yearlong process.
If it would help to talk with a leader from another church within your denomination/tradition or your community who has been through the Cohort, let us know and we will do our best to connect you with someone.
Often the factors leaders think might be obstacles to participation don’t have to be. Issues like a senior pastor transition or having a small youth ministry team don’t necessarily mean the timing is bad. Sticky Faith won’t look the same in every church. We think that’s great news for leaders like you.
Sometimes God surprises leaders with the timing of the cohort. We’ve heard story after story about how God has used the cohort journey as a catalyst for their team, youth ministry, or congregation in ways they hadn’t predicted. Nothing excites us more!
If you have been considering the cohort, email or call Brian Nelson today at [email protected] or (818) 620-6996.