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XP Cohort


Cohort Overview


The Executive Pastor Cohort is specifically designed to equip, develop, and build an informal network of leaders serving in the role of executive pastor or pastor/director of operations at their church.

The desired outcomes of this cohort are: 1) developing the primary competencies required of the XP role: leading/managing the organization, delivering on the mission, assessing and developing our leadership style, and developing/equipping team members; and 2) building a lasting personal network of fellow XPs for support, encouragement, and consultation

Cohort Leadership

Tim Beltz


Tim is the former executive pastor of Sojourn Community Church, a multi-site church in the Louisville, KY area. He has previously served as the executive pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle from 2007 to 2010 helping to grow the church from 3 to 12 campuses across 4 states. He spent 25 years in the US Coast Guard and retired as an O-6. Tim is trained in multiple coaching platforms and has coached over 120 pastors in diverse contexts over the last 12 years. He serves as a member of the Sojourn Network Board of Directors and Strategist and is a part time Pastor of Strategic Initiatives at Summit Church. He is the founder and principal of 10 Talents Consulting, his church leadership focused firm. Tim has been married to his wife Patty for 44 years and is the father of two adult children and two grandsons, who love the Lord and are serving the church today.

What Others Are Saying...

We received these statements from the cohort members participating in the first XP Cohort:

As always, Tim's expertise and quiet leadership have proven effective. He has influenced me in my role an XP, and consequently us as a church significantly. From processes to paradigms, we are different because of his sacrifice of time to serve us in the XP role. Thank you Tim. It is blessing to call him friend.
Tim taught and coached us well. He was humble, patient and really took time to understand what guys were experiencing and answered questions thoughtfully and transparency. I was helped tremendously. The individual coaching calls and the time together at the beginning of the cohort were major wins.
It was tremendously helpful to connect with other leaders in the network. Great stuff on values. Time of retreat, opportunities to meet and interact with a variety of XPs at different levels, leaning into Tim's years and experience. We are in the process of planting a church. The timing of this cohort helped us have many "obvious conversations" in the office...and we pray that those conversations have sparked many more.
The cohort provided me, as an XP, the tools to take those conversations (that have in the past been "good ideas" or "something we should really talk more about") and convert them into action and/or change. I praise God for His obvious providence in this! Tim coached me personally through some fairly significant organizational instability. A one-hour phone call, which was part of the cohort, probably saved me months of heartache related to budget and multi-site organization and strategy.
It was a joy to get to know several other XPs in the network. I've followed up one on one with a couple of them to trade best practices.
Coming into this cohort I wasn't sure what to expect. Joining with the rest of the XPs in Florida for our kick-off proved to be extremely fruitful and begin what I hope to be lifelong ministry relationships. It has been a joy to be cared and prayed for, challenged on stances, and encouraged in the midst of a busy season. “Bearing one another's burdens" became actualized in the life of this cohort. Cohorts like these are so valuable in maintaining long-term vitality and fruitfulness in the unrelenting grind of ministry.

For More Information On How to Enroll...

Earlier Event: January 16
Student Ministry That Sticks
Later Event: January 18
Worship Leaders: The First 5 Years