We offered the following spring 2021 cohorts as part of our NEXT Steps Coaching initiative. Coaching cohorts are a combination of monthly group cohorts gathered around a particular topic led by teachers and experts, along with individual coaching sessions in between those cohort meetings with trained/certified coaches to help you apply and wrestle with the topic for your particular context.

Spring cohorts run from April through September. Information about fall 2021 cohorts will be available later this year.

“This has been one of the best continuing education experiences and formats. The leadership was excellent and the format was accessible and engaging.”

“I am the happiest I have been at my call in 3 years because of the practices, pitfalls, and self-care I learned through this coaching cohort.”

“This whole experience has completely encapsulated my mind and body, and I can’t see anything without this antiracism lens.”

“The coaching cohort exceeded my expectations!”

Antiracism Practices for Faithful Leadership

Whether your leadership has been centered in racial justice for decades or you are yearning to take steps to embody antiracist values in your ministry, this cohort will offer a space to learn, explore, and practice bringing racial justice to the core of your leadership.

Teacher: Jessica Vazquez Torres

Coaches: Lakesha Bradshaw Easter, LeAnn Hodges, Shani McIlwain, Alex Patchin McNeill, Zeena Regis, Martha Spong

Date/Time: 2nd Thursdays, 2:00-3:30pm EDT (11:00am-12:30pm PDT)

Braving the Burnout

Feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or tired as a ministry leader in this season? You are not alone. This cohort will help process all these emotions and create a roadmap for next steps and goals.

Coaches: Shani McIlwain and Larissa Kwong Abazia

Date/Time: 3rd Wednesdays, 2:30-4:00pm EDT (11:30am-1:00pm PDT)

Antiracism Practices for Faithful Leadership 2.0

This 2.0 cohort creates spaces to maintain accountability and dig deeper into the necessity of an antiracist posture in the church. Participants will engage in the individual work that they must do to disrupt patterns and systems of white supremacy as well as analyze the systems and structures in which they find themselves.

Only those who participated in Antiracism Practices for Faithful Leadership in fall 2020 may register for this cohort.

Coaches: Larissa Kwong Abazia, MaryAnn McKibben Dana, and Alex Patchin McNeill

Date/Time: 4th Wednesdays, 2:30-4:00pm EDT (11:30am-1:00pm PDT)

Cultivating the NEXT Chapter

How many times have you pivoted in the last year? Does the thought of pivoting into this next chapter feel daunting? Not sure what to put back in the box and what church is going to look like this fall? You don’t have to just survive this next season in ministry. With careful cultivation and care, you can use this season to figure out what fruitful ministries will continue to thrive, what new, live-giving patterns might emerge, and how to lead through it. Using the principles of Cultivated Ministry, participants in this coaching cohort will consider markers of success, think through the why of programming and ministry, assess capacities and energies, and set teams and committees up for success in implementation.

Teacher: Jen James

Coaches: MaryAnn McKibben Dana and Brett Pinder

Date/Time: 2nd Tuesdays, 2:00-3:30pm EDT (11:00am-12:30pm PDT)

Some partial scholarships are available for coaching cohorts.