Support Group Session


While some can’t wait to “get back to normal”, most church leaders recognize this is an unprecedented change. So how can we not only survive but thrive?
How can we learn to leverage this moment for even greater transformation of our congregations and even greater missional fruitfulness?

What does your team need to learn to come out the other side of the pandemic stronger than ever?

How do you lead change in such a rapidly changing world?


If you find yourself overwhelmed by the challenges before you want to learn to lead real adaptive change, the Adaptive Church Leadership Cohort offers the resourcing, the team approach, a community of fellow travelers, and the coaching that can help you take the important steps towards more impactful ministry in a radically changed world.

You Will Learn...

Skills for Leading Through Change

How To Craft Effective Missional Experiments 

Navigate Your Congregation Through Change

Through an 18-month cohort process, you will discover how to be attentive and strategic about experimenting on the edges and re-shaping the culture within your church in order to more effectively BE the church for a changing world.

What is Included?

  • Internal congregational change process for outward mission impact

  • Seminar and experiential learning

  • Coaching for just-in-time learning and for the courage to face inevitable resistance

  • Practical strategies grounded in scholarly thought leadership

What Happens?

  • 3 summits: Extended training time with thought leaders and peers

  • Online content: To further your learning and share with your congregation

  • Webinars: To interface with training and inspiration between summit gatherings

  • Guided tools: To use locally for missional experimentation

  • Team coaching: To support your church team in turning ideas into action

  • Cohort coaching: To foster idea-sharing and feedback from peer churches


Meet Your Guide


recognized leader in the field of adaptive leadership in the church and colleagues from Fuller Seminary; partnering with Fresh Expressions US, a network of leaders with a track record of mission experimentation emerging out of inherited church systems; and other leading voices in the field.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How Do We Know If We Are A Good Fit For The Cohort?

Who Should Attend The Summit? 

You know that there will be no “return to normal”.

You have read “Canoeing the Mountains,” but are having trouble applying it in your setting.

You want to develop a small team of explorers and adventurers who can lead into the unknown.

You don’t want to waste this crisis but want to become the best leadership team you can be for God’s work in the world.

You have tried to lead change and got stuck when you faced resistance or apathy.

You are tired of feeling tired and need some inspiration from joining with other learners and adventurers.

You are ready to move from the strategies of the past and the divisions of the present and want to experiment your way into a new future.

You are not the only church that is struggling to figure out new ways of being the church in a changing world. But if you care about entering into that struggle and discovering the unique opportunities for your church to engage a changing world, you are a good fit for this cohort.

We allow up to 6 people from a participating church to attend the summits. Included on this team should be a mixture of:

Permission Givers: senior pastor, associate pastor, influential leaders (elders, key leaders, trusted mentors) who have the role and influence to effect cultural shifts in the church system

Pioneers: entrepreneurial disciples who are interested in mission experimentation in and beyond the local congregation

Both Permission Givers and Pioneers will be critical to the process and should be in the conversation from the start.

When and where are the summits?

How will the COVID 19 situation affect the Cohort?

2020 Adaptive Church Cohort:

November 13, 2020–Virtual Cohort Launch: “Recruiting Your Adaptive Cohort Team”

January 22-23–Virtual Summit

October 1-2–in-person summit, First Baptist Church, Arlington, TX

3rd summit date TBD

Recognizing the uncertainty of the pandemic for the January summit, we have transitioned the first summit from in-person to virtual.

This has decreased the registration cost by $2000 per church from the original price point to the current price point ($5999).


We fully expect that by the second summit in Fall of 2021 and the third summit in 2022, we will be able to gather in person.

What is the cost?

Do you have scholarships available?

The full price for your entire team (6 people) to participate in the Adaptive Church Cohort is $5999,

which includes training, materials, coaching, and meals at 2 in-person summits.

The payments will be spread out throughout the 18-month process.

Nonrefundable deposit: $1000

18 monthly payments: $279

We hope to.

We know that many churches can stretch their budget and send a team, and we have worked hard to make this robust cohort experience fit within the budget of even medium-sized churches.

In addition, we have implemented an installment payment system to span 2 annual budget cycles over the duration of the cohorts.

However, we are hoping there may be scholarships available for churches in need of a little extra support.


If you feel that your church should be considered for a scholarship, we invite you to submit the scholarship portion with your initial application.


Please recognize that we will be prioritizing churches that have significant financial need and/or will add elements of diversity to the cohort experience.