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 this Fall. Watch your email inbox for registration information later this summer. If you are interested in joining a future LEAD Cohort, please email Lori Taylor.

Below are some of the cohort topics that will be offered. Look for these and more this Fall!


9 Paradigm Shifts for Activating the Church – Stephen Humber
This Cohort is open to anyone in church leadership. Our purpose will be to consider ways in which we can best be the church in our time. Based on the free e-book by Brad Briscoe, we'll read and discuss these ideas with a goal of each selecting one to further pursue.
Recommended book: Re-Think: 9 Paradigm Shifts for Activating the Church (Free E-book)

This cohort is led by Stephen Humber who serves on the mobilization team of Multiply.

Associate/Family Pastor Leadership – J.L. Martin
Check out most offerings at ministry conferences and you will find options for lead pastors or youth pastors, but often forgotten are the associate or family pastor.  This cohort is open to anyone who serves in ministry that doesn’t fit into other categories.  We will spend time supporting and praying for one another.  We will cover topics that apply specifically to the associate/family pastor such as available resources, leadership development, working under someone else’s vision, conflict among staff and other topics the group would like to cover.

This cohort is led by J.L. Martin, Pastor of Children and Family at Hesston MB Church in Hesston, KS where he has served for 10 years. He has also served for 8 years as a youth pastor and associate pastor at previous churches.

Coffee Shop Talk – Patrick Coyle
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.

This cohort is led by Pat Coyle who has been the Senior Pastor of Shafter MB in Shafter, California, since 2001

Contemplative Conversations - Ongoing Spiritual Transformation – Chandelle Claassen
Are you ready for an ongoing spiritual transformation accountability group? In this experiential cohort, we will explore the importance of soul care practices with the intent to embrace who we are uniquely created in Christ to be. Participants will be equipped with and experience application of various tools and spiritual exercises, take a deeper dive into the Enneagram, and spend time in Scripture together. The cohort focus will be contemplative in nature. Group sharing will be an enriching component of our time together.
Recommended BooksThe Holy Bible by God;  The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self- Discovery  by David Benner, and The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth by Christopher Heuertz

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

Gospel Priorities for a Healthy Church – Jared Pulliam
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 readingThe Living Church by John Stott and The Shepherd Leader by Timothy Witmer

This cohort is led by Jared Pulliam, lead pastor of Christ Church Sellwood in Portland, Oregon.

Let’s Talk Worship! – Joe Weaver
Worship is so much more than singing for 30 minutes at church on Sundays–it’s the reason we exist and what we were created to do! Let’s talk about the concept of what it truly means to live out our calling as worshipers of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. As worship pastors and leaders we’ll talk about how we can grow practically and professionally so that Christ would be glorified in all we do. Finally, in “Song Discovery” we’ll share and discuss new and exciting worship songs that we can’t afford to miss out on. This cohort is for worship pastors, leaders, team members or anyone involved in preparing and leading worship.

This cohort is led by Joe Weaver, Worship Pastor at Cross Timbers Church in Edmond, Ok. Joe is currently pursuing a master’s degree in worship studies and leadership at Liberty University.

Prayer in Youth Ministry – Russ Claassen
Prayer is such a vital part of our relationship with Jesus. In this cohort, we will be talking about ways to teach, lead and experience prayer with teens in group and individual settings. This cohort is for anyone who works with youth in your local church--volunteers, small group leaders, youth pastors, etc.

This cohort is led by Russ Claassen, SDC district youth minister. Russ lives in North Newton, Kansas.

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. Potential sessions may include anything youth ministry--from personal leadership development and spiritual growth, to recruiting and training volunteers, to talking about Jesus with teens in the iculture. The possibilities are endless. This cohort is for anyone who works with youth in your local church--volunteers, small group leaders, youth pastors, etc.

This cohort is led by Russ Claassen, SDC district youth minister. Russ lives in North Newton, Kansas.

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