LEAD Cohorts

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 Spring. Get all the details 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 - Jeremy Matlock and Curt Vogt
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.

Jeremy Matlock is lead pastor of Hillsboro MB Church in Hillsboro, Kan., and Curt Vogt is lead pastor of Buhler MB Church in Buhler, Kan.
Cohort will meet every other Wednesday at 3 p.m. (CST) beginning Sept. 14
Sept. 14 & 28; Oct. 12 & 26; Nov. 9 & 23; Dec. 7 & 21

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 p.m. (CST) beginning Sept. 14
Sept. 14 & 28; Oct. 12 & 26; Nov. 9 & 23; Dec. 7 & 21

Church Planting, Renewal and Growth – Fred Leonard
We want to be churches that reach our communities for Jesus.  Whether you are a church planter, working on church re-vitalization or want to talk about reaching your community, this cohort is for you.

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 9:30 a.m. CST beginning Sept. 13.
Sept. 13 & 27; Oct. 11 & 25; Nov. 8 & 22; Dec. 6

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 p.m. CST beginning Sept. 6
Sept. 6 & 20; Oct. 4 & 18; Nov. 1, 15 & 29; Dec. 6

የኢትዮጵያ ቤተክርስቲያን መጋቢዎችና መሪዎች - ሄኖክ ፀጋዬ – Henock Tsegaye
ይህ ህብረት የኢትዮጵያ አብያተክርስቲያናት መጋቢዎች በጋር በመገናኘት የሚጸልዩበት፣ ቃሉን የሚያጠኑበት፣ ኮቪድ ካለፈ በሃላ ስለሚኖረው የመጋቢነት አገልግሎት የሚወያዩበትና በወሩ የመጨርሻው ማክሰኞ የሚገናኙበት ልዩ የአንድነት ፕሮግራም ነው።

Ethiopian Pastors and Leaders: (English translation) This cohort is geared for Ethiopian pastors and church leaders who desire connection and community, gathering online on a regular basis to talk about church issues, pastoral ideas for worship and doing church during the COVID-19 pandemic, preaching and teaching, praying together and much more. The discussion will be in Amharic and some English.

Henock Tsegaye is senior pastor of Ethiopian Christian Fellowship Church in Olathe, Kansas.
Cohort will meet on the last Tuesday of each month at 3 p.m. (CST) beginning Sept. 27
Sept. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 29 & Dec. 27

In Step with the Holy Spirit – J.L. Martin
Who is the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is God. Even though we know this, because of fear, confusion and abuses in the church, we don't fully know and experience "keeping in step with the Spirit".  Join us as we read together Jesus, Continued by J.D. Greear and discover, as the book's cover suggests, "Why the Spirit inside you is better than Jesus beside you.”
Required Reading: Jesus, Continued by J.D. Greear

J.L. Martin is the Pastor of Children and Family at Hesston (Kan.) MB Church.  J.L. has served in children and youth ministry contexts for more than 20 years. He enjoys coffee, reading and working out. He and his wife, Bethany, have four children and live in Hesston.
Cohort will meet every other Thursday at 10:30 a.m. (CST) beginning Sept. 1
Sept. 1, 15 & 29, Oct. 13 & 27, Nov. 10, Dec. 1 & 15

Liderazgo Cristo Centrico – Daniel Rodriguez
Seguimos la Conversacion sobre este tema, si participaste es el primero o no, este taller te servira para tu ministerio. Descubriremos como es que cada uno de los lideres dentro de la Iglesia deben enforcar y centrar sus vidas en las enseñanzas del evangelio de Jesus. Muchas de las veces basamos nuestro liderazgo en cosas seculares y perdemos el enfoque de porque hacemos lo que hacemos y con que proposito fuimos llamados a servir a Jesus en su Iglesia. Cuando perdemos el enfoque muchas de las veces nuestros grupos de liderazgo no podran ser efectivos en el servicio a la iglesia y a la comunidad que se quiere alcanzar con el evangelio y nos enfrentaremos con problemas internos dentro de la Iglesia.  Compartiremos testimonios y juntos aprenderemos cosas practicas que nos ayudaran a ser mejores lideres. Usaremos como referencia el libro Se Lider de Paul David Tripp.
Todos los lunes a las 8 p.m. hora central. Comenzamos el Lunes Septiembre 12, 2022.

English Translation: Gospel Centric Leadership II:
We continue the conversation about this important topic. Regardless of if you participated in the first one, this cohort will help you in your ministry. We will discover how church leaders should focus and center their lives on the teachings of the gospel of Jesus. Many times, we base our leadership on secular things and lose focus on why we do what we do and for what purpose we were called to serve Jesus in his church. When we lose focus, our leadership groups will not be effective in serving the church and the community that is to be reached with the gospel, and we will face internal problems within the church. We will share testimonies and learn practical things that will help us to be better leaders, using the book Lead by Paul David Tripp as a reference.
Recommended Reading: Lead by Paul David Tripp

This cohort is led by Daniel Rodriguez, Central District Conference Minister, from Omaha, Neb.
Cohort will meet weekly on Mondays at 8 p.m. (CST) beginning Sept. 12
Sept. 12, 19 & 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31

New Pastors’ Wives On Mission – Heather Hubrich
Just because you’re new to pastoral ministry doesn’t mean that you are alone. Many of us are right there with you. Build community and friendships with those who understand and are going through it, too. We want to encourage one another as we navigate this season of life God has placed our husbands in. Navigating these new waters can be intimidating and scary. It’s important to have others praying, laughing and loving you through it. Be encouraged. We’re in this together. For new pastors’ wives (within 5 years).

This cohort is led by Heather Hubrich, ladies ministry mentor and host at the Lakeview Church, Grantsville (Utah) Campus. She is married to Jeff Hubrich, campus pastor at Lakeview Grantsville.

Cohort will meet every other Tuesday at 7 p.m. (CST) beginning Sept. 13.
Sept. 13 & 27; Oct. 11 & 25; Nov. 8 & 22; Dec. 6 & 20

Newcomers and Longtimers – Ed Boschman
This cohort will be open to register four lead pastors who are “newer” to ministry  (1-5 years) and four “seasoned” lead pastors (10-20+years).  We will expect the veterans to offer best insights and/or lessons learned, and we will ask “newcomers” to pose their most challenging issues/questions.

We will use key words to give focus to each session as needed. Those will be: Communication, Attitude, Relationships, Decision Making and Stress. (CARDS from Karyn Gordon’s book The Three Chairs).
Recommended reading: The Three Chairs by Karyn Gordon (not required).

Ed Boschman, former USMB executive director, is a LEAD Coach and member of the ICOMB executive committee. He lives in Lynden, Wash.
Cohort will meet the second and fourth Wednesday at 11 a.m. (CST) beginning Sept. 14.
Sept. 14 & 28; Oct. 12 & 26; Nov. 9 & 23; Dec. 14 & 28

You’re Not Alone; Conversations, Laughter and Encouragement for Pastors’ Wives – Melissa Wiebe
It's an amazing job, usually not paid, sometimes lonely, yet oh so busy. We want to encourage a positive, safe space for conversation and support, laughter and building each other up. We will share tips and resources and pray for each other. For pastors’ wives only. Capped at 14.

Melissa Wiebe is prayer ministry director at Lakeview Church, Stansbury Park (Utah) Campus. She is married to Lakeview Church lead pastor Phil Wiebe.
Cohort will meet every other Thursday at 3 p.m. (CST) beginning Sept. 8.
Sept. 8 & 22; Oct. 6 & 20; Nov. 3 & 17, Dec. 1 & 15

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 will meet every other Thursday at 11 a.m. (CST) beginning Sept. 1
Sept. 1, 15 & 19; Oct. 13 & 27; Nov. 10; Dec. 1 & 15

PLEASE NOTE:
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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