Discern Cohorts

Launchpad Discern Cohorts are a 12-month commitment for emerging church leaders and discerning pastors. Once a month a small group of people (3-5) from across the country are meeting up online to talk through the practical aspects of starting and leading a progressive community. Whether you are an experienced pastor with an evolving theology or someone with no formal ministry experience, this cohort will help lead you through a discernment and assessment process to help you identify for yourself if pastoral leadership in an entrepreneurial, progressive context is for you. 

Each cohort will be tailored to its participants, but one 12-month program could include all or some of the following:

  • Meetings with progressive pastors and planters. Previous guests include pastors from GracePointe Nashville, Left Hand Church in Longmont, CO and more
  • Introductions to progressive partner organizations, including W/ Collective, Newbigin House of Studies, and others
  • Anti-racism and gender equity training and discussions with qualified leaders 
  • Personal assessments with trained experts like Paula Williams, Kerry Connelly, and others (DISC, Spiritual Enneagram, and EQ testing are potential options)
  • Access to one-on-one coaching to explore practical aspects of church planting and pastoral leaders from pastors, therapists, and entrepreneurs like Aaron Bailey,  Jonathan Williams, Jenny Morgan, and more
  • Access to a Slack workspace to collaborate with your cohort and other leaders
  • Theological and spiritual direction as a group and individually through the support of cohort members and mentors like Colby Martin and Jen Fisher

Cohort members will set individual, periodic goals for themselves throughout the 12-month journey. Launchpad Co-Directors and fellow cohort members will help connect you with people, resources, and ideas to help you reach those goals. 

Additionally, each cohort is also invited to attend a national conference in collaboration with Launchpad and one of our partners. This year’s gathering will be a prayer and rest retreat at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, co-hosted by Launchpad and W/ Collective. 



This can be set up for autopay of four $90 installments. Individual coaching, conference and retreat registration (optional) are not included.