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2024 Cohorts

Cohorts are about community, learning, networking, resources, and “a space where I don’t feel so alone.”

Cohorts in the Michigan Conference offer leaders regular meeting times with others in similar positions or interests. They have made a profound impact on leaders in Michigan and beyond. Past cohort participants have described the cohorts as a place for “community and relationship with people who do the same thing,” “building networks and resources,” “developing self-confidence to try new things,” and “learning opportunities.” Please get in touch with Rev. Kathy Pittenger for more information. 

Full year and Winter/Spring 2024 cohorts are closed. We are excited to offer new cohort opportunities in the fall and for 2025. Additional information will be added soon!

“The seasoned cohort has been God-sent. For many years, I wished to have a group that I could talk and share ideas with regarding Children’s Ministry. I have thoroughly enjoyed building a community with others in Christian Education. I look forward to continuing to work with the seasoned cohort for many more years.” – Becky Lorenz, Big Beaver UMC, Troy, MI

What’s Included?

All cohorts will be led by trained facilitators and will include relevant resources. Most will also include guest presenters to share on a specific topic. The cost of the cohort covers the costs of resources/books, honoraria, and technology fees.

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Young Adult Vocational Discernment Cohort

Oct 2024-May 2025,
Participants, ages post-high school 18 – 29, meet virtually to listen to who they are and how they might show up in the world in meaningful ways. Led by trained facilitators, day and times tbd. Contact Lisa Batten for more information.

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Contemplative Cohort

Meets on Zoom the third Thursday of each month, 1:30 pm eastern/12:30 central to practice contemplative prayer in various forms. Participants come when they are able and have varied experiences with contemplative prayer. Contact Lisa Batten for more information.

Ministry with Gen Z Cohort

Possibility for Fall 24 – Spring 25

Facilitator – Lisa Batten

May include Gen Z and Gen Alpha

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Faith Formation Leaders Cohort

Fall 2024

A mini-cohort in the fall of 2024 for faith formation leaders to get a taste of the cohort experience and network with other faith formation leaders. 

Children & Youth Ministry Cohort


This cohort focuses on the basics of ministry with children and youth. There will be a blend of presentations on topics and cohort discussion. Topics may include: choosing and working with curriculum, planning and organizing your year, milestones, etc.

Seasoned Children’s Ministry Leader Cohort


The Seasoned Children’s Ministry Leader cohort is designed for leaders with 5+ years of ministry experience. We will have guest presenters and provide time for discussion among cohort members about specific topics and general ministry. 

Faith Formation Leaders Cohort


A cohort for faith formation leaders who work with all ages with a blend of guest speakers and discussion. 

If you have a suggestion for a cohort or are interested in a listed cohort if it was offered at a different time, please contact Rev. Kathy Pittenger.


Contact Rev. Kathy Pittenger