What if your church could have a more impactful ministry for the 21st century?

It probably won't come through another expert, another conference, or another mission statement. Instead, it's time to experiment your way into a new future.

Through a process of prototyping and iterating, you can take on the adaptive challenges your congregation faces AND connect more deeply with the community around you.

The Adaptive Church Leadership Cohort offers your church team the guides and the fellow travelers for this adventure.

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If you find yourself overwhelmed by the challenges before you want to learn to lead real adaptive change, the Adaptive Church Leadership Cohort offers the resourcing, the team approach, a community of fellow travelers, and the coaching that can help you take the important steps towards more impactful ministry in a radically changed world.

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What to Expect

Team Approach

Implementation is easier when you learn together.

Accessible Pricing

More affordable than bringing a consultant to your church

Level Up Your Skills

Grow your congregation's adaptive capacity to continue negotiate the challenges of the future

Forming Cohorts for 2022.

Atlanta, GA based Cohort

Aug 26-27, 2022--Summit 1 in person
Nov 3, 2022, 7-8:30--Webinar
March 16, 2022, 7-8:30--Webinar
April 21-22, 2023--Summit 2 (virtual)
August 24, 2023, 7-8:30--Webinar
September 22-23, 2023--Summit 3 in person
Dec 7, 2023, 7-8:30--Final Webinar

Jackson, Mississippi based Cohort

Nov 11-12, 2022--Summit 1 in person

Feb 2, 2023, 6-7:30 PM CT--Webinar

May 4, 2023, 6-7:30 PM CT--Webinar

June 2-3, 2023--Summit 2 (virtual)

Oct 12, 2023, 6-7:30 PM CT--Webinar

Nov 3-4, 2023--Summit 3 in person

Feb 1, 2024, 6-7:30 CT--Final Webinar

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Through an 18 month process, a team of up to 6 participants from your congregation will discover and live into the principles of adaptive change that lead to impactful ministry in the 21st century. You will learn how to be more attentive and strategic about experimenting on the edges and reshaping the culture within your church to more effectively be the church for a changing world. You will have access to one of the most sought after consultants and coaches in adaptive change, Tod Bolsinger, for real-time feedback, discussion, and support. You will be supported in the work of adaptive change in your local congregation by a coach who will work with your team through the opportunities and challenges that arise in the day to day implementation. And you will be connected to other church leaders and teams navigating a similar journey through peer conversation, online chat group, and in-person summits.

This Cohort has been so good for me and for our congregation. Our lay leader shared with our larger leadership the key questions we have learned through the Adaptive Church Cohort. I think what we learned will “stick”. And, with a new appointment, I’ll carry what I learned to my new church since it’s the perfect approach to a new pastorate.

- Bruce Case, Parkway Heights UMC, Hattiesburg MS


Six Person Team




Meals at 2 in-person summits

$5,999 or $279/month

(Including a $1,000 non-refundable deposit)

What is Included?

Phase 1: Preparing for Adaptive Change
Recruiting a transformation team, utilizing the Observation/Interpretation cycle, and identifying the congregational DNA that is critical for the adaptive process.

Phase 2: Prototyping Adaptive Change
Learning the principles and practices of prototyping, leading from the margins, overcoming sabotage, and building adaptive capacity within your congregation.

Phase 3: Building Adaptive Capacity
Interpreting learnings, maintaining disciplined attention, applying internal change interventions, and iterating experimentation.

Phase 4: Becoming an Adaptive Church
Leading through learning, gaining congregational involvement in the change process, developing capacity for enduring change.

What is the Format?

  • 1 Virtual and 2 In-Person Summits: Extended training time with thought leaders, coaches, and peers
  • Online content: To further your learning and share with your congregation
  • Webinars: To interface with training and inspiration between summit gatherings
  • Church team coaching: To support your church team in working the process of adaptive change
  • Group coaching: To foster idea-sharing and feedback from peer churches





Tod Bolsinger, recognized leader in the field of adaptive leadership in the church and colleagues from Fuller Seminary; partnering with Fresh Expressions, a network of leaders with a track record of mission experimentation emerging out of inherited church systems; and other leading voices in the field.


How do we know if we’re a good fit for the cohort?

You know that there will be no “return to normal”.

You have read “Canoeing the Mountains,” but are having trouble applying it in your setting.

You want to develop a small team of explorers and adventurers who can lead into the unknown.

You want to become the best leadership team you can be for God’s work in the world in this new ministry landscape.

You have tried to lead change and got stuck when you faced resistance or apathy.

You are ready to move from the strategies of the past and the divisions of the present and want to experiment your way into a new future.

You are not the only church that is struggling to figure out new ways of being the church in a changing world. But if you care about entering into that struggle and discovering the unique opportunities for your church to engage a changing world, you are a good fit for this cohort.

Who should attend the summits?

We allow up to 6 people from a participating church to attend the summits. Included on this team should be a mixture of:

Permission Givers: senior pastor, associate pastor, influential leaders (elders, key leaders, trusted mentors) who have the role and influence to effect cultural shifts in the church system

Pioneers: entrepreneurial disciples who are interested in mission experimentation in and beyond the local congregation

Both Permission Givers and Pioneers will be critical to the process and should be in the conversation from the start.  

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