A Formation Cohort is a year-long commitment to establishing rhythms of spiritual and missional practices within the context of biblical community. Each cohort consists of 15-20 individuals who commit to quarterly retreats, monthly video calls with a small group, and short weekly spiritual practices. Together, cohort participants – often working in smaller groups of 5 to 6 people – work to discern and strengthen each other’s unique purpose in the kingdom of God.
The structure of a Formation Cohort is designed for growth and renewal, not to tax already burdened schedules. This year-long experience was created from the conviction that transformation occurs through spiritual practice and community. A Formation Cohort will contain little theological instruction or teaching, but trained mentors will lead you to experience a multitude of rich spiritual practices that you will then learn to adapt to your own life rhythm.
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“If someone told me to spend a year growing spiritually, I don’t know that I would’ve anticipated it being a fun project. But the past several months have been wonderful. I’ve benefited from closer Christian community; I’ve developed more of a longing to know Christ and feel much more comfortable in my prayer life, too. To go through a purposeful process for growing spiritually has been absolutely wonderful. It is a wonderful chance to meet people, deepen relationships and learn to better serve Christ in your daily life.”
- Megan Poore
"Participating in the cohort has been a lot of fun and a great learning experience. I’ve learned a variety of spiritual practices that I can now use to enhance my daily walk with Christ. I’ve also been exposed to some different techniques in approaching Bible study that I’ve found to be very helpful. Most of all, I’m enjoying being on the journey with a group of amazing people that make this cohort experience come alive with joy and love. I wholeheartedly endorse the program for everyone."
- Chuck Volk
Participating in a Formation Cohort is a big decision. Covenant members thinking about joining a cohort have several questions. We've created a list of those most frequently asked.
The four (4) retreats are mandatory. The first two are at a nearby (up to a two-hour drive), but out-of-town location and last for 2½ days. The latter two are at Covenant. We have two cohorts, each with specific retreat dates. Those interested must pick one group and attend all the retreats for that group. The dates are as follows:
No. You will meet with the same cohort of people every time.
The cost is $250 to offset retreat costs and other materials.
Yes, the deadline to apply is May 5.
No. We need to ensure that we have three cohorts of 15-20 people each. Your preferences will be noted and we will try to accommodate them. However, we may not able to grant every request.
In between retreats, cohort participants have monthly video calls with their small group, and short weekly spiritual practices.
No. Retreats are adult only (21 and up). Unfortunately we are not able to accommodate children or pets.
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Use the form below to express your interest in joining a Formation Cohort. We will use the information you provide to create groups. Once you have completed the form to express interest, we will get in touch with you about next steps.
This form is intended to provide users with two options for cohort groups starting in January 2020. This is not an official sign-up for the cohorts, rather it will provide Covenant with information to create cohorts.