For this reason I left you in Crete, that you would set in order what remains and appoint elders in every city as I directed you, (Titus 1:5)
The Apostle Paul calls a minister three things: shepherd, overseer, and elder. The call to minister is the call to lead the Lord's flock to obey to great commission. Jesus gave the great commission, not to an individual, but to a people-the local church. Our mission is to become an obedient, vibrant, healthy church that sends out people to reproduce in every way. For that to become a reality we need to create a space where men can be discipled and encouraged to see if perhaps God would call them to minister here, or go out and minister elsewhere--Hence the elder cohort.
What is an Elder Cohort
What Is a Cohort?
The cohort model was born out of a desire to impact, educate, and grow community. It is grounded in the belief that people develop emotionally, mentally, and relationally better as a group than as isolated individuals.
What is the Basis of a Cohort?
To understand, it is important to answer the question, “what is a cohort?” The dictionary definition of cohort is “a group of people banded together or treated as a group.” That is a perfect way to define the “elder cohort.” We are “men banded together as a group” to study God’s word, promote God’s work, and elevate God’s men to greater service in the kingdom.
What are the Benefits of an Elder Cohort?
Different people learn in a variety of different ways, but it is a given that all people learn better in groups. This is because the group dynamic permits people to learn not just academically, but relationally. We can bounce ideas and thoughts off each other without fear of marginalization or condemnation. It allows for everyone to develop spiritually, theologically, and ministerially from whatever level they begin at. Nurturing a group identity engenders inter-group support and creates a space for encouraging innovational thinking for kingdom work. It helps everyone learn how to more effectively glorify God in community and in life.
If you are interested in being a part of this cohort/fellowship please fill out the form below, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or text Pastor Morton @ 910-398-4695.