Leading a large church to grow as a sending church can be a daunting task, whether your church has a history of sending malpractice or little sending practice at all. This coaching cohort is designed to help missions leaders in such contexts establish the right foundation for sending, and then build upon it with effective vision, strategy, and processes. Facilitated by Upstream leader and Sojourn Community Church pastor of global missions, Nathan Garth, the cohort's curriculum is based on Upstream's Sending Church Elements.
The recommended donation rate is $750 per person and enrollment is limited to 7 participants. The cohort will begin with a 1.5-day retreat in Louisville, Kentucky on January 30-31, 2018 (travel expenses not included), then continue with monthly group calls and monthly 1-on-1 coaching calls through June. Contact us if you have any questions.
Cohort runs from January through June 2018.
Nathan is the Lead Pastor of International Missions at Sojourn Community Church. Before that, he and his wife Sarah served as missionaries in Kathmandu, Nepal, training national pastors and seeking to take the gospel to an unreached people group. At Upstream he currently serves as a consultant and board member.
What others are saying...
"As a new sending pastor in a church body with a deep sending culture, the cohort has been so insightful, encouraging, and edifying. The Lord has used both my peers within the cohort, as well as the leadership of Upstream to challenge and stretch our definitions, assessments, development, and equipping of the saints called to the mission field. I would encourage all new missions pastors and leaders to join an Upstream cohort. One of the greatest values it has provided is the opportunity to work alongside a very focused and intimate group of people that have the single goal of sending the saints to proclaim the name of Jesus to the nations." -Peyton Bullen, Sending Pastor, LifePoint Church, Smyrna, TN
"John F. Kennedy said, 'Leadership and learning are essential to one another.' Upstream is the very best realization of that quote and the Missions Leader Coaching Cohort is a great way to bring it to life in your context. Their skilled leadership as learners themselves fueled my learning and has, in turn, caused me to lead more effectively. The guys at Upstream are practicing what they are coaching; all of us learning from one another under their experienced leadership. Additionally, being able to learn alongside my brothers — each of whom bring varied skill sets and may be in different stages of leadership — has been invaluable to my own development as a leader. I've thrown around words like 'invaluable,' 'best,' and 'great,' but it's not hyperbole — this has absolutely been a watershed moment for my development. I am thankful for Upstream." -Tracey Adkins, Minister of Discipleship, Hillcrest Baptist Church, New Albany, MS