The goal of this cohort is to equip lead pastors and worship pastors to practically apply the implications of works like Disruptive Witness by Alan Noble and Rhythms of Grace by Mike Cosper to their worship gatherings and produce liturgical elements for their churches.
The three primary outcomes of the cohort will be participants producing two service orders that they will commonly use in their churches, explanations for each element to use in written or verbal communication, and questions based on the topic to incorporate in sermon preparation.
Additionally, the service orders and language produced during the cohort will be compiled into a single document that will be made available as a resource for all of the participants of the cohort. This outcome depends on the participation of cohort members.
Mike Cosper is a writer, speaker, and podcaster. In 2016, he founded Harbor Media, a media company serving Christians in a post-Christian world. He's the host of Cultivated: A Podcast about Faith and Work, and is developing The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, a podcast about faith and culture.
He's also the author of the forthcoming book, Faith Among the Faithless: Learning from Esther How to Live in a World Gone Mad. In 2017, he published Recapturing the Wonder: Transcendent Faith in a Disenchanted World (Intervarsity Press). His other books include Rhythms of Grace and The Stories We Tell (both published by Crossway Books).
Prior to launching Harbor Media, Mike served as one of the founding pastors at Sojourn Church in Louisville, Kentucky, where he still serves as an elder, and from which he launched Sojourn Music – a collective of musicians writing songs for the church.
He lives in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife, Sarah, and their daughters Dorothy and Maggie.
Nick is the the lead pastor of Cross of Christ Church in Costa Mesa, CA and a recent Pastor-in-Residence for Biola University’s Center for Christian Thought.
He has also been the Media and Public Relations specialist for the Belief Agency in Seattle where he’s worked on crisis communications and communication strategy for private companies and has consulted for churches.
Prior to planting, Nick was the Media & Public Relations Director for Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill during the height of the church from 2009-2011. In that role, Nick oversaw communications for Mars Hill, Acts 29, and the Resurgence, secured Mark a regular column in the Washington Post, garnered coverage by CNN, ABC, Dateline, local news, and Loveline w/ Dr. Drew, as well as acted as an on-camera spokesman.
Before going into ministry Nick worked in the music industry for a decade where he founded and ran an artist management company that managed artists like Thrice, Cold War Kids, Dustin Kensrue, and Matt Costa. He and his team developed the artists from the garage to major labels, performing on the main stage at festivals like Coachella and Sasquatch, and appearing on Letterman, Leno, and Conan O’Brien. He took his experience to Biola University as an adjunct teacher, creating and teaching the school’s first music management class which then went on to be adapted for UCLA's Extension Program.