Innovation Cohort

  • January 30, 2018
  • February 03, 2018
  • Louisville, KY & Baltimore, MD

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 2018 Youth Ministry Innovation Cohort Information

Ministry Architects is partnering with the Presbyterian Youth Workers’ Association to connect, uphold, and inspire youth workers through a 12-month innovation cohort program. One of the challenges today in youth ministry (and in churches for that matter) is, “How do we create a thriving, missional ministry that serves the community around us?” This cohort will work together to tackle this challenge by engaging the factors that contribute to the problem, focusing on sustainable ministry systems, and creating and testing innovative solutions to the problem. The findings of the cohort will be presented to multiple conferences throughout the spring of 2019.

The work of the innovation cohort is intended to be an investment for congregations who are looking to rethink their approach to ministry with youth and who want to stay ahead of our changing culture. A maximum of 12 churches will be invited to begin the process in January of 2018 in Louisville, KY. This one-year cohort will include two face-to-face gatherings and eight virtual gatherings plus an opportunity to present the cohort’s finding at a conference. In addition to these gatherings, each church in the cohort will receive up to six hours of individualized, customized coaching from Ministry Architects.


  • First Gathering—January 30–February 3, 2018, in Louisville, KY (during the APCE Annual Event)
  • Second Gathering—February 26–March 1, 2018, in Baltimore, MD (during the NEXT Church National Gathering)
  • Tentative First Presentation—2019 APCE Annual Event in Galveston, TX


Michael Harper

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