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 following cohorts started in late August and early September, although some cohorts allow participants to join after the cohort has started.
The next round of LEAD Cohorts will begin in Spring, 2019.
For more information contact Lori Taylor.
Coffee Shop Talk – Patrick Coyle
Cohort will meet every other Thursday from 3:30-4:30 pm (CDT) beginning August 30
Grab a cup of coffee and sit down with some of your ministry peers to talk about common issues and challenges in ministry. Each gathering will be focused on a specific topic such as balancing ministry and family, personal spiritual growth or dealing with conflict.
Pat Coyle has been the Senior Pastor of Shafter MB in Shafter, California since 2001.
Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery – Chandelle Claassen
Cohort will meet every other Tuesday from 2:00-3:00 pm (CST) beginning Sept. 4
Embark on a personal journey of self-discovery using a personality assessment tool called the Enneagram (a study of nine interconnected personality types that help us understand ourselves and others) as we learn to recognize and respond to God in our life stories. Participants will learn how they respond under stress and how to make choices that lead to a healthier and authentic life.
Recommended reading: The Road Back to You by Ian Cron and Suzanne Stabile
There is an Enneagram Assessment tool fee of $10 (optional but beneficial)
Chandelle Claassen is a trained spiritual director and certified life coach and member of the USMB LEAD Coaching team.
Gospel Priorities for a Healthy Church – Jared Pulliam
Cohort will meet every Wednesday from 11:00-3:00 pm (CST) beginning Sept. 5
Study the Scriptures and encourage one another, with regard to living as disciples of Christ in community together. Understand three significant topics that impact our ministry in the local church: Understanding our Identity by working through what it means to be part of Christ's church, both globally and locally; Defining our Purpose by giving careful thought to the kinds of things we are called to pursue as local churches; Implementing Healthy Leadership by examining what Scripture says about those who are called to shepherd the people of Christ.
Recommended reading: The Living Church by John Stott and The Shepherd Leader by Timothy Witmer
Jared Pulliam is the lead pastor of Christ Church Sellwood in Portland, Oregon.
Hero Makers – Brian Allen
Cohort will meet every other Thursday from 2:00-3:00 pm (CST) beginning Sept. 6
Delve into five powerful practices found in Jesus’ ministry that will provide practical tools and strategies for multiplying the dreams God has given us. Regardless of the size or notoriety of our ministry, we will dig into the book Hero Maker and support each other as we seek to maximize our leadership and shift the culture of our churches and ministries to a sustainable path of reproduction and multiplication.
Recommended reading: Hero Makers by Dave Ferguson and Warren Bird
Brian Allen is the lead pastor of Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro, Kansas.
Jesus and Me – Terry Hunt
Cohort will meet every other Tuesday from 6:30-7:30 pm (CST) beginning Sept. 4
Everyone needs renewed hope and streams of encouragement. This cohort is designed to remind believers of the presence of Jesus and to walk with him daily. Together we will discover and understand better his longing and deep desire to walk alongside us – in the good and not-so-good days of our lives.
Recommended reading: Jesus Today: Experience Hope Through His Presence by Sarah Young
Terry Hunt is the North Carolina district minister and lead pastor of The Life Center in Lenoir, NC.
Practical Disciple-making – Bob Davis and Stephen Humber
Cohort will meet every other Thursday from 3:00-4:30 pm (CDT) beginning August 30
Jesus commands us to make disciples as we go, so this cohort will help us do that very thing. Each participant will choose someone along the discipleship pathway (from not yet a believer to moving into community, service or leadership) that they are intentionally discipling. We’ll support each other, share, learn and pray together for these nine sessions. It’s going to be creative, stretching and a lot of fun.
Bob Davis and Stephen Humber serve on the mobilization team of MB Mission and desire to see healthy churches engaged in making disciples.
Youth Ministry Realities – Russ Claassen
Cohort will meet every other Monday from 3:00-4:00pm (CST) beginning August 27
Get to know other youth workers and engage in passionate discussion focused on the realities we face as youth workers. We will explore topics relevant to the group, such as personal leadership development and spiritual growth, recruiting and training volunteers or talking about Jesus with teens in the iCulture. The possibilities are endless.
Russ Claassen is the Southern District youth minister and youth pastor at Koerner Heights Church in Newton, Kansas.
Becoming a Good and Faithful Steward – Jon Wiebe and Dennis Fast
Introduction to Spiritual Formation – Chandelle Claassen
Overcoming Performing for God by Abiding in Him – Ed and Carol Boschman
Refreshing Your Pastoral Counseling – John Oelze