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Mercy Cohort


Cohort Overview

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We are excited to offer a collaborative cohort where you will learn and grow with other pastors and ministry leaders from across the country. This cohort will span from October 2018 to March 2019 and is designed for mercy pastors, deacons, staff or key non-staff leadership responsible for community outreach, ministry to the poor, or local mission.  Over the course of these 6 months together, you will advance in planting, growing, and multiplying healthy leaders in the areas of mercy and justice because:

  1. Cohort participants will be equipped to reach people, particularly the poor, with the gospel. This cohort will equip participants with a strong theology of mercy.

  2. Cohort participants will grow as servants and disciples as they learn how to raise up deacons (and other leaders), draw near to need, step into community crisis, and cultivate cross cultural awareness.

  3. Cohort participants will be built as leaders through strategic equipping & training. Cohort training covers how to understand the city, studying your church’s neighborhood, strategizing & getting started, and concrete steps to mobilize your church.

  4. Cohort participant churches will experience cultural and spiritual renewal resulting in restoration with awareness of both suffering and beauty in their midst.

  5. Cohort participants will be trained to send their church members to serve in relevant ways where they live, work and play as witnesses of God’s glory.

This cohort is limited to 10 participants. The cost of this cohort is $1000 and includes your choice of a program to launch: a Neighborhood Assessment or Health Clinic (both valued at $2500)

Cohort Leadership

Tim Beltz

Nathan Ivey

Nathan holds expertise in helping local churches become more effective and efficient at discipling the poor out of poverty. Through partnerships and innovation, he demonstrates how to move churches beyond relief efforts to sustainable community development.

His non-profit, Seed to Oaks, helps churches to better understand their own neighborhoods and how to holistically reach them with the gospel.  From neighborhood studies to health ministries, economic opportunity, education and leadership development, he mobilizes local churches to the front lines of social change.

Nathan was the founding Pastor of Mercy and Community Development at Sojourn Community Church in Louisville KY.  Since 2007 Nathan has been serving inner-city Louisville through mercy ministries that provide the poor with free medical care, benevolence, afterschool tutoring, community festivals, and yearlong residency programs designed to train the next generation of mercy leaders and community developers.

Earlier Event: October 23
Leaders' Summit 2018 | Louisville, KY
Later Event: January 14
Children's Ministry Leadership Cohort