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Southwestern Ontario Mentoring Cohort

Join us for the Southwestern Ontario Mentoring Cohort!

Learn best practices for mentorship/discipleship between young adults and others in your church community.

This includes…

One Pre-meeting Video Conference Call for a Church leader and one other on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, at 7:00 pm ET

Two In-person Meetings for a group of 4-6 in Woodstock, ON on November 16, 2019, and May 2, 2020

  • 9:00 am to 3:30 pm (Continental breakfast and lunch included)

2-3 coaching calls between November and May

Cost is $1,000 CAD for your group of 4-6 to attend

What is a cohort?

A cohort is a peer learning group made up of congregations that work together with a shared purpose in order to provide each other encouragement and support as they explore new ways of doing ministry within their particular contexts.  Listen to a Faith Formation Ministries team member and two past cohort members describe the cohort experience in this 7-minute video.

In the cohort relationship, Youth Unlimited (YU) and Faith Formation Ministries (FFM) will:

  • respect the uniqueness of each congregation.  
  • provide a coach to walk alongside as a partner who will listen, brainstorm, encourage, and hold each team accountable to apply their learning to some actions steps and experimentation. 
  • connect congregation leaders to resources, resource people, and other leaders in the cohort whose trajectory is similar. 

What will this particular cohort do? 

In this cohort, 8-10 congregations from Southern Ontario will focus on mentoring as a form of intergenerational faith formation engagement.   


Cohort teams will meet twice in person in Woodstock at Maranatha CRC in November and May as well as virtually through video formats to: 

Identify the health of their congregational culture and their present faith formation framework while discovering how both will be able to support a robust mentoring culture. 

Explore various approaches to mentoring to help each team discern what would work best in their particular contexts. 

Discern what practices and programs are already working well to support mentoring in each congregational context. 

Experiment with two or three ways to engage in mentoring practices and spend time debriefing which practices were most helpful. 

Why should we consider joining?

First, we know that emerging adults are looking to be part of mentoring relationships with older individuals and we know that this strategy is a strong way to keep younger members engaged in the life of faith.  Second, throughout the RCA and CRC, congregational faith formation is going through many changes, and most congregations are navigating these changes on their own. A coached cohort provides a discerning and equipped community to work with and hear stories of struggles and success. Addressing the faith formation needs with a coach and other congregations walking alongside has the potential for exciting ministry outcomes.

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