Cohorts

Faith Formation Cohorts

Faith Formation Ministries organizes periodic faith formation cohorts, or peer learning groups, made up of Christian Reformed congregations and coached by FFM’s Regional Catalyzers.

Each congregation is represented by a team of 4-6 people who have committed to explore the cohort theme together and find ways to bless their broader congregation with what they have learned. Churches in the cohort also encourage and support each other.

Cohort FAQs

How do we join a cohort?

First gain the support of your church council and pastor. (Pastors may choose whether or not they wish to be part of the cohort team.) Cohort churches are selected by the FFM team through an application process.

Contact your Regional Catalyzer for information on how to apply, and watch for announcements in FFM’s monthly e-newsletter Faith Formation Matters (subscribe here).

What is the time commitment for our church?

Each cohort congregation signs a covenant that outlines the commitments. Each congregation’s team commits to the following:

  • meeting at least once a month
  • participating in two or more FFM-led roundtable discussions
  • connecting with their FFM coach at least once a month
  • sending at least two representatives of each cohort to the Worship Symposium at Calvin College in January, at which FFM holds special cohort meetings.

What are the expected outcomes of our participation?

Cohort churches will

  • gain an increased awareness of what shapes their congregation’s existing faith formation culture
  • come to better understand what a healthy grace-shaped culture looks like.
  • implement two or three significant, ongoing steps forward in cultivating practices that promise to form a stronger faith formation culture.
  • develop a vision and strategy for continuing this trajectory over the next five years.

Is there a financial commitment?  

The financial commitment for your church is minimal. Cohort congregations are asked to send at least two persons to the Calvin Worship Symposium in January. Each church receives four free registrations from FFM, but lodging, meals, and travel costs are the responsibility of the church. Each congregation is also requested to contribute approximately $1,000 to FFM, through an offering or whatever means the congregation chooses.

Current Cohort

Family Faith Formation Cohort

Led by Faith Formation Ministries’ regional catalyzers, this cohort explores creative ways to

  • equip families to grow in faith at home
  • build on existing family patterns and strengths
  • meaningfully connect home and church.

Questions?

Contact Laura Keeley (laurakeeley@crcna.org) or Lesli van Milligen (lvanmilligen@crcna.org)

Past Cohorts

Emerging Leaders and Seasoned Saints Cohort

In this cohort, ten congregations focused on faith formation for seasoned saints: people in the “third third” of life (60+ years old). An additional ten congregations focused on faith formation for emerging leaders (16 to 30 years old). Goals were to

  • identify the health of their congregational culture and their faith formation framework. n Explore how emerging leaders and people in the “third third” of life can be faithful to God’s call as they progress through life transitions.
  • discover concrete ways that these two demographics can become a significant support to each other’s faith walk.
  • discern what practices and programs are already working well to support these two groups.
  • experiment with two or three ways to further strengthen faith for these two groups.

Participant Churches

14th Street CRC, Holland MI

Emmanuel CRC, Calgary AB

Fellowship CRC, Grandville MI

First CRC, Taber AB

Fleetwood CRC, Surrey BC

Hope Fellowship CRC, Denver CO

Ladner CRC, Delta BC

Maranatha CRC, Lethbridge AB

Mount Hope CRC, Mount Hope ON

Oak Hills Church, Beaverton OR

Second CRC, Grand Haven MI

The Village Church, Thorold ON

Virtual South Ontario Young Adults Group

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Strengthening Your Faith Formation Culture Cohort

Participants identified and assessed the health of their congregation’s culture and the practices that shape it. They discerned which practices were best suited for strengthening their culture and experimented with two or three self-identified initiatives to strengthen their trajectory.

Participant Churches

All Nations CRC, Halifax NS

Anaheim CRC, Anaheim CA

Ancaster CRC, Ancaster ON

Bellevue CRC, Bellevue WA

Bethel CRC, Sioux Center IA

Community CRC, Kitchener ON

Corsica CRC, Corsica SD

Covenant CRC, Sioux Center IA

First CRC, Grand Rapids MI

Granite Springs Church, Lincoln CA

Immanuel CRC, Hamilton ON

Jubilee Fellowship Church, St. Catherines ON

Meadowlands Fellowship CRC, Ancaster ON

Nelson Avenue Community Church, Burnaby BC

New Life CRC, Guelph ON

Olympia CRC, WA

South Grandville CRC, Grandville, MI

Valley CRC, Binghamton, NY

 

Building Blocks of Faith Cohort

The Building Blocks of Faith serve as a framework for strengthening cradle to grave discipleship for congregations. This cohort helped refine the Building Blocks concept and generated ideas and resources for inclusion in the Building Blocks of Faith toolkit.  

Participant Churches

Bethel CRC, Princeton, MN

Cornerstone CRC, Chilliwack, BC

Covenant CRC, Edmonton, AB

Covenant CRC, Winnipeg, MB

Friendship CRC, Toronto, ON

Hillcrest CRC, Denver, CO

Immanuel CRC, Brampton, ON

Mosaic House, Edmonton AB

Sonlight CRC, Lynden, WA

Spring Lake CRC, Spring Lake, MI

Trinity CRC, Abbotsford, BC

Woody Nook CRC, Lacombe, AB