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SPECIALIZED COHORTS

 

The Specialized Cohorts are for missions leaders that have been introduced to Sending Church Elements in the Foundations and Advanced Missions Leader Cohorts, or other Upstream trainings, but want to take a deep dive into these subjects. Upstream will offer online Specialized Cohorts in the Spring, Summer, and Fall on the following topics: Missionary Care, Assessment & Development, Local Missions, Local International & Refugee Ministry, Short-term trips, Business as Mission, Multi-site Missions Leader, and much more. We will also yearly host an on-site cohort in Madrid Spain with our founder Larry McCrary for a hands on deep dive into Missionary Care, Partnership, and Developing Sent Ones. 

 

To signup for cohorts, follow the registration links below. If there is a cohort that is not currently being offered, express interest on the "Specialized Cohorts Interest Form" As we gain critical mass for other specialized cohorts, we will begin to offer them. 

 

Developing Healthy Partnerships

JUNE - AUGUST 2021 / ONLINE

During this three month cohort we will address key global partnership questions. How do you discover potential partners that fit into your mission strategy? 

  • What do you look for in a partnership? 

  • What expectations do you have? 

  • How do you develop a healthy partnership?

  • How do you end a partnership that has run its course or is no longer a good match for your church? 

  • How do you organize your mission team around your partnerships to ensure effective mobilization efforts? 

Our Upstream Collective Specialty cohort “Developing Healthy Global Partnerships” will be led by Larry McCrary. Larry and his wife Susan live in Europe and work extensively with mission organizations and national partners all over the world. During the course of this cohort you and your church will be able to define what partnership looks like in your context. You will develop a customized grid that will help you discern where to partner. You will write a MOU template for your partnerships. Each session we will meet with an international partner that will help you learn to evaluate what a healthy partnership looks like. The cohort will be online. Cost for the Cohort is $650 for the first member of a church and $100 for each subsequent member.

International & Refugee Ministry

JUNE - AUGUST 2021 / ONLINE

The nations are here in America. Over 200 countries are represented in our nation's universities. Many from unreached and unengaged areas around the world. We need to send people overseas to bring the Gospel, but with the nations at our doorstep, what can we do to reach them. Ministry in North America to internationals doesn't take a passport, a plane ticket or learning a new language. This cohort will help missions leaders learn strategies for starting an international or refugee ministry in their city, as well as, strategies for engaging church members in this endeavor.

This cohort is led by Eric Warren, International Ministry Leader at Cornerstone Church in Ames, IA. This will be an online cohort with three group sessions and three online individual coaching calls. The cost of the cohort is: $650 for the first church member to sign up. Each subsequent member can signup for $100. For questions contact Eric Warren at ewarren@cornerstonelife.com. 

Multisite Specialized Cohort
SEPT - NOV 2021 / IN-PERSON COHORT

Multisite can be a confusing world to lead in. Join us this September for a missions leadership cohort designed specifically for those in multisite churches. We will tackle the opportunities and challenges of leading in the multisite polity and then chart a better way forward. We will use the Sending Church Elements as our guide toward sending church maturity.

 

This cohort is led by Nathan Sloan, the pastor of sending at Sojourn Church Midtown. This session will begin with an overnight in-person conference in Louisville, KY at Sojourn Church in March. The conference will be followed by three group conference calls and three individual conference calls from January to April. The cost of the cohort is $950 per person and enrollment is limited to 7 participants. If you would like to have more than one representative from your church, subsequent participant rate is $250 per person. Use discount code, “Cohort250” to sign them up. 

 

Madrid, Spain Field Experience Cohort
FALL 2021 / IN-PERSON COHORT

The goal of this cohort is to dive deep in what it means to be a great sending church on-the-field. You’ll be able to meet with various Goers and organizations to see the needs on-the-ground and experience how sending churches can be a more impactful blessing to the Sent Ones. You’ll also get to form great relationships with other missions leaders that will last beyond the cohorts. This cohort is led by Upstream Executive Director Larry McCrary. The cost of the cohort is $950 per person (travel expenses not included). The cohort will begin with a retreat in Madrid, Spain, then continue with 4 monthly group calls and 4 monthly 1-on-1 coaching calls. 

Fill out interest form below if interested. As we gain critical mass for this event we will set a timetable.

 

Short-term Trips

SEPT to NOV 2021 / ONLINE
 

Short-term trips can be an incredible piece of the long-term vision of an overseas partnership when done rightly. When poorly executed they can be harmful for the field, the goer, the nationals and the church. This cohort will focus on principles for sending great short-term trips.

 

This cohort will be led by Debbie Stephens, Director of Training for the Upstream Collective. It will be held online with three 2-hour group sessions, as well as one-hour individual coaching sessions.The cost of the cohort is: $650 for the first church member to sign up. Each subsequent member can signup for $100. For questions contact Debbie Stephens at: debbie@theupstreamcollective.org.

Missionary Care

SEPT to NOV 2021 / ONLINE

 

One of the most important aspects of a missions leader’s role is Missionary Care. The work of the sending church does not end at the Commissioning ceremony of a Sent One. It really is just the beginning. This specialized cohort will focus doing both proactive and reactive missionary care so that those who are Sent Ones stay connected to their local church and are shepherded well overseas.

 

Matt Clark, Missionary Care Leader at the Summit Church in Raleigh Durham,  will be the facilitator for this cohort. This session will be held online and will include one introductory session August, followed by three half-day conference calls in September, October, and November for training and group collaboration. Each individual will receive 3 individual monthly coaching calls with the facilitator during the cohort. The cost for the cohort is $575 per person and enrollment is limited to 7 participants. If you would like to have more than one representative from your church, subsequent participant rate is $100 per person. Use discount code, “Cohort100” to sign them up.

 

Contact us if you have any questions.

Other Specialized Trainings

 

The Upstream Team has a wealth of experience in other specialized areas of sending. We will be offering the following specialized cohorts based on interest including:

  • Assessment & Development - Deciding who should and who shouldn’t go overseas, as well as developing missionaries is a great opportunity and responsibility, But it can be a daunting task. This cohort will help define qualities for overseas Sent-Ones and provide assessment & development tools for future Sent-Ones.

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  • Business as Mission - In the ever-changing world of global missions, business as mission is key to engagement of unreached people groups and involvement of every member in global missions. This cohort will dive deep into how to develop business as mission opportunities Stateside that lead to effective BAM endeavors globally.

Contact Us with any questions.

Upcoming Events

  • Partnerships Specialized Cohort
    June - August 2021
    Online
    “Developing Healthy Global Partnerships” will be led by Larry McCrary. Larry and his wife Susan live in Europe and work extensively with mission organizations and national partners all over the world. During this cohort you will create a grid for developing healthy partnerships.
  • International Ministry Cohort Summer 2021
    June - Aug 2021
    Online Event
    We need to send people overseas to bring the Gospel, but with the nations at our doorstep, what can we do to reach them. This cohort will help missions leaders learn strategies for starting an international or refugee ministry in their city, and engaging church members in this opportunity.
  • Madrid Interest Form
    Fall 2021
    Madrid
    This is simply the interest form for this trip. As we gain critical mass we will set a timetable for this trip. The goal of this cohort is to dive deep in what it means to be a great sending church for-the-field.
  • Missionary Care Specialized Cohort
    Sept - Nov 2021
    Online
    The work of the sending church does not end at the Commissioning ceremony of a Sent One. It really is just the beginning. This specialized cohort will focus doing both proactive and reactive missionary care so that those who are Sent Ones stay connected to their local church and are shepherded well
  • Short-term Trips Specialized Cohort
    Sept - Nov 2021
    Online
    Short-term trips can be an incredible piece of the long-term vision of an overseas partnership when done rightly. When poorly executed they can be harmful for the field, the goer, the nationals and the church. This cohort will focus on principles for sending great short-term trips.
  • Multi-Site Missions Leader Cohort
    Sept - Nov 2021
    Sojourn Church Midtown
    Multisite can be a confusing world to lead in. Join us this September for a missions leadership cohort designed specifically for those in multisite churches. We will tackle the opportunities and challenges of leading in the multisite polity and then chart a better way forward.
  • Specialized Cohort Interest Form
    Form
    Online
    We will be offering many specialized cohorts. Please let us know your interest by filling out the form and indicating which specialized cohort you have interest in.