LEAD Cohorts are online meeting places for small groups of MB pastors and leaders – or anyone interested in learning more about a specific topic or gathering with like-minded people.

LEAD Cohorts are FREE to all participants. The only cost is for books or materials, if recommended by the cohort leader. LEAD Cohorts typically last three months and meet online every two weeks for about an hour.

The next session of LEAD Cohorts will begin early this Fall. See the full list of cohorts and register below, or watch your email inbox for registration information. For more information contact Janae Rempel.

About Nothing for Those Who Want to Talk About Something - Luke LeViere and Jason Quiring
In community we can dream of fun possibilities, have a context to handle difficult stuff and celebrate each other’s victories. Out of relationships ministry partnerships happen. This cohort is about building and strengthening relationships through organic conversations – what’s on your mind this week? This cohort is for people looking for friends, real friends who love the Lord and want to build His Kingdom together. No other agendas, please. For male pastors only.

Luke LeViere is pastor of Good News Fellowship in Ferndale, Wash. Jason Quiring is lead pastor of Greenhouse Community Church in Saratoga Springs, Utah.

Cohort will meet every other Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. (CST) beginning Sept. 6
Sept. 6 & 20, Oct. 4 & 18, Nov. 1, 15 & 29, Dec. 13

Can Pastors Really Live with Joy and be Happy? - Ed Boschman
Is it legit for “post-COVID-19 ” pastors to chase happiness? Is Jesus OK with that? Let’s talk about how pastors can live with real joy and be truly happy.
Recommended Reading: Happiness by Randy Alcorn

Ed Boschman, former USMB executive director, is a LEAD Coach and former member of the ICOMB executive committee. He lives in Lynden, Wash.

Cohort will meet every other Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. (CST) beginning Aug. 30
Aug. 30, Sept. 13 & 27, Oct. 4 & 11, Nov. 1, 15 & 29

Contemplative Conversations – Chandelle Claassen
This cohort will be reflective and interactive within a relaxed setting meant to care for your soul. We will immerse ourselves in various scriptures in a personal way via a spiritual practice called Lectio Divina or "Divine Reading."

Chandelle Claassen is a trained spiritual director and certified life coach and member of the USMB LEAD Coaching team. Chandelle lives in North Newton, Kansas.

Cohort will meet every other Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. CST beginning Sept. 5
Sept. 5 & 19, Oct. 3, 17 & 31, Nov. 14 & 28, Dec. 12

Discipleship Think Tank - Jeremy Matlock
Churches are to be making disciples—we all know that. But what does that look like, and how do we implement a disciple-making program? Do we even need a program? Come ready to discuss and strategize how we can help our churches become more effective at making disciples who make disciples.

Jeremy Matlock is lead pastor of Hillsboro (Kan.) MB Church. He has also served as pastor of adult discipleship and assimilation, a mission mobilizer, a missionary in Russia and China and a high school Bible/math teacher. 

Cohort will meet every other Thursday at 3:00 p.m. (CST) beginning Sept. 7
Sept. 7 & 21, Oct. 5 & 19, Nov. 2, 16 & 30, Dec. 14

የኢትዮጵያ ቤተክርስቲያን መጋቢዎችና መሪዎች - ሳሙኤል አሰፋ – Samuel Hailemariam
ይህ ህብረት የኢትዮጵያ አብያተክርስቲያናት መጋቢዎችና መሪዎች በመደበኛነት በጋር በመሰባሰብ ግንኙነታቸውን የሚያጠናክሩበት ፣ ስለ አገልግሎት መረጃዎችን የሚለዋወጡበት ፣ በጋራየሚመካከሩበት ፣ የሚጸልዩበት፣ ቃሉን የሚያጠኑበት ና የሚወያዩበት ፣ በየ ወሩ የመጨርሻ ማክሰኞ የሚደረግ ልዩ የአንድነት ፕሮግራም ነው።

Ethiopian Pastors and Leaders – Samuel Hailemariam (English translation) This cohort is geared for Ethiopian pastors and church leaders who desire to network and fellowship online on a regular basis to strengthen relationships, discuss and exchange information and ideas for ministry, pray together and much more. The discussion will be held on the third Tuesday of each month in Amharic and sometimes English.

Samuel Hailemariam is pastor at Grace International Church in Indianapolis, Ind. He is married to Sara Dagne and is the father of four children. He has a huge love for God, his church and his family, and he has a great burden for the lost. He enjoys fishing and the arts.

Cohort will meet the last Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. (CST) beginning Aug. 31
Aug. 29, Sept. 26, Oct. 31, Nov. 28

Growing Our Church Through Evangelism and Discipleship – Fred Leonard
How can we partner with Jesus as He fulfills His promise to build the Church and build us into the godly leaders He has called us to be?
Recommended Reading: What Every Pastor Should Know: 101 Indispensable Rules of Thumb for Leading Your Church by Gary L. McIntosh and Charles Arn

Fred Leonard is lead pastor of Mountain View Community Church in Fresno, Calif. Fred has a passion for developing church vision and equipping and releasing men and women into ministry.

Cohort will meet every other Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. CST beginning Sept. 5
Sept. 5 & 19, Oct. 3, 17 & 31, Nov. 14 & 28

Multiplying Workers - Brian Harris
An interactive journey on how we can discover, develop and deploy workers for the mission. Let’s discover real people in the pews that we can develop and deploy for ministry. This is not a theoretical cohort but a laboratory where we can, in real-time, challenge, encourage and inspire each other for a greater spiritual labor force.

Brian Harris is USMB’s church planting mobilizer. He is married to Stephanie and has two daughters. Brian lives in Owasso, Okla., and attends Discovery Church, Collinsville, Okla.

Cohort will meet every other Thursday at 1:00 p.m. (CST) beginning Aug. 31
Aug. 31, Sept. 14 & 28, Oct. 12 & 26, Nov. 9 & 23, Dec. 7

La descripción general del Antiguo Testamento – Daniel Rodriguez
La descripción general del Antiguo Testamento lo ayudará a comprender el tiempo y el tiempo del Antiguo Testamento y los temas importantes de cada libro del Antiguo Testamento. También obtendrá una mejor  comprensión del contexto histórico del Antiguo Testamento. Este taller in español es parte de la serie de educación continua del Distrito Central.

Old Testament Overview – Daniel Rodriguez
This overview will help you understand the Old Testament timeline and important themes of each book. You will also gain a better understanding of the historical context of the Old Testament. This cohort in Spanish is part of the CDC’s continuing education series.

Daniel Rodriguez is the Central District Conference Minister. He lives in Omaha, Neb.

Cohort will meet every Wednesday at 7 p.m. (CST) for 12 weeks beginning Sept. 13
Sept. 13, 20 & 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18 & 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

Praying Scripture Over Our Kids – Kelsey Ensz
Have you experienced the power of praying Scripture over your children? God's words are powerful and trustworthy; praying them back to God honors His heart and clarifies our minds and emotions. Moms of school age children will gather for short, simple conversational prayer through the format provided by Moms In Prayer. We'll get to know each other and pray Scripture over our children and their schools (homeschool/private/public/etc.).

Kelsey Ensz began praying Scripture over her children when she moved to a new town six years ago. A simple invitation to attend a Moms In Prayer group opened her eyes to the power of praying God's words back to Him and brought deep friendships into her life using this avenue of honesty and vulnerability. Kelsey has been married to Nathan Ensz, Pastor of Kingwood Bible Church in Salem, Ore., for 24 years. They have three children, ages 21, 19 and 15.

Cohort will meet every other Thursday at 11:00 a.m. (CST) beginning Aug. 31
Aug 31, Sept.14 & 28, Oct 12 & 26, Nov. 9 & 30, Dec 7 or 14

Youth Ministry Realities – Russ Claassen
Get to know other youth workers as we engage in passionate discussion focused on the realities we face as youth workers. We will explore topics relevant to the group. Sessions may include anything related to youth ministry--from personal leadership development and spiritual growth, to recruiting and training volunteers, parent ministries and talking about Jesus with teens. The possibilities are endless. This cohort is for anyone who works with youth in your local church--volunteers, small group leaders, youth pastors, etc.

Russ Claassen is Southern District Conference youth minister. Russ lives in North Newton, Kansas.

Cohort date and time to be determined

Dates and/or times on registration forms may not be accurate. The correct information is listed in the descriptions to the left. Once registered, you will be contacted by the cohort leader with more details and information. Thank you. 


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