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African American Church Evangelism Institute

Cohort Experience

Our two year cohort process is designed around this equation.

Missional Imagination

Missional Leaders

Missional Congregation

Conversion Community

Cohort Year One

Developing Missional Imagination & Missional Leaders

  • Modeling Personal Witness That Others Can Imitate
  • Partnering with a Missional Influence Leader
  • Investing in a Key Leadership Team
  • Key Leaders Investing in Their Teams

Cohort Year Two

Cultivating a Missional Congregation

  • Belonging to the Broader Community
  • Blessing the World to Reach the World
  • Bringing the Community to Church
  • Building a Community of the Beloved through Hospitality
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Through a two-year cohort that meets monthly for two hours, pastors learn how to revitalize their congregation by helping them to become “conversion communities”, where churched and de-churched people come to faith, grow in their faith, and their congregations become more welcoming places for emerging and young adults.

Cohorts will focus on challenges facing African American congregations such as effectively reaching the next generation, fruitfully navigating shifting contexts and demographic changes occurring around their churches, developing team ministry approaches and leadership pipelines in congregations to launch new ministries, and creating new evangelism models that work effectively in a new era.

The new cohorts will begin yearly with senior pastors of African American congregations, and aim to  integrate an outreach leaders, and a leadership development person from each church into the process, with the ongoing goal that one of these leaders will be under 40 years of age.

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