At a glance...

A cohort focused on gaining a vision for spiritual formation for both us (as pastors and Christians) and our communities. The cohort will include:

  • 10 Zoom calls with the full cohort (like Skype sessions)
  • Guided Reading
  • Online chat via Slack
  • 3 one-on-one calls with cohort leaders
  • A 48-hour retreat at a TBD date in the late winter/early spring
  • Launches in late August, 2017.

Cost: $1,500 plus books ($50-75 for books) and travel expenses for the retreat. (Meals and lodging will be provided).

In depth...

Spiritual formation is the challenging, life-long project of conforming to the image of Christ. Fortunately for us, there are well-worn pathways for that kind of change, paved by saints who’ve gone before us.

In this cohort, we’ll explore those pathways, helping participants gain a long-term vision for both their personal spiritual formation and their community’s. We’ll do this through a series of live web-based discussions, a curriculum consisting of reading and online videos, and a retreat. We’ll cover a variety of territory, including:

Spiritual Disciplines:

  • Silence and solitude
  • Scripture memory and meditation.
  • Imaginative Prayer
  • Giving, Praying, and Fasting with the right motivation.
  • Using a “Rule of Life” to gain control of our calendars
  • Establishing healthy boundaries that enable hard work and deep rest

Relational Dynamics

  • Transforming Inner Attitudes (or at least getting started!)
  • Avoiding Verbal Manipulation and Retaliation
  • Securing Yourself – Reputation and Treasures
  • Loving your “inner circle”
    • Without Judgment
    • Without Fixing (or “pearl pushing”)
    • Listening
    • Offering what they need
 

Cohort Leader

Mike Cosper

 
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Mike Frazier

 

I serve on the Sojourn Network Board and served for 16 years as one of the pastors at Sojourn Church, primarily as the pastor of Worship and Arts, but also serving as one of the church’s executive pastors. I’m currently serving as the founder and director for Harbor Media, where I develop resources (mostly podcasts) for Christians in a post-Christian World I’ve written four books, including Rhythms of Grace and The Stories We Tell. In August, Recapturing the Wonder will be published, a book about how our culture has shaped us and how spiritual disciplines invite us into a counter-cultural way of life.
I’ve been married to Sarah Cosper for 17 years, and we have two daughters – Dorothy (9) and Maggie (8).

I’m supremely excited to be leading this cohort with Mike Frazier, who I’ve known for 20 years and was the pastor that began inviting me into a life of spiritual formation when I was a sixteen-year-old serving in his worship ministry.

You can follow him on Twitter, where he spends too much time. 

I have been married to Cheryl Litz Frazier for thirty five years. We have two sons - Andrew, who currently serves as a Worship Pastor in Statesboro, GA and is married to his high school sweetheart, Skyler. And Ben, who still lives with us, works at a local hospital, and heroically manages being an adult with Aspergers.

I earned music degrees at The University of the Cumberlands and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky. I am a graduate of The Renovare Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation, a trained Spiritual Director and a certified interpreter of the Enneagram. I have served the local church for over 30 years as a pastor, music director, worship leader and creative arts director. As the Director of Worship at Compassion Christian Church in Savannah, GA, my current role also includes serving as part of the Leadership Team, mentoring pastors, and overseeing staff spiritual development utilizing a discipleship plan based on Scripture integration. (My Renovare Institute project.)


Reading...

Resources will include: readings, videos, and downloadable lectures from Dallas Willard, John Ortberg, John Owen, Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, Rich Plass and Jim Cofield, Richard Foster, and more. That said, the cohort won’t be reading intensive – about 100 pages per month, and this reading can also serve as devotional reading. Much of the reading will be excerpts. We’ll also include supporting lectures, available via video online, from several of the authors.

Cost and Schedule...

The cost of the cohort will be $1,500/person. This doesn't include books or travel expenses for the retreat. Lodging and meals will be provided. The cohort will launch in late August, 2017, and run until late May, 2018.