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Take a Breath. Ask Big Questions.
Discern Next Steps.

The Road Ahead is a six-week group experience that helps you get unstuck and discern next steps on your road ahead. Rooted in research and developed over time, our process is designed to give you space to self-reflect, recharge, and explore new possibilities as you consider what and whom God is calling you to in your work.

Undergirding all that we do in these groups is the belief that in order to take meaningful steps in our careers, we can start by attending to the inner work God has for us in any given season. One of the very first things I say to the cohorts I lead is, “You are here to do the work you need to do. This process is meant to give you tools and the space to figure out what that work is and take steps in doing it.”

Michaela O'Donnell LongReach out with any questions and I hope you’ll join us in a group soon.

Michaela O’Donnell
Creator, Road Ahead
Executive Director, De Pree Center

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What’s In It For You?

6️⃣ Six Sessions of Reflection and Conversation

Each session is 2-hours in length, and happens once per week (over a six week period). All cohorts currently meet virtually (via Zoom), unless otherwise noted. There isn’t a lot of assigned reading or lecturing in the Road Ahead, but we do encourage participants to do the “inner work” God has for them.

☁️ Time and Space to Process

Each session is designed as a rest stop—space to intentionally slow down, quiet your mind and heart, and refuel for the next leg of the journey. Time to focus on what your soul needs as you listen for the voice of God in your work.

⚒️ Discernment Tools

Each session includes guided exercises, reflection questions, Bible exploration, and experiment prompts meant to usher you to unpack all that’s going on in your world. Some of these take place in the group sessions, while others happen between sessions.

👥 Fellow Travelers

Companions are crucial to any journey. Our Road Ahead groups are intentionally small (5-8 people). Some of our groups are designed for people who share common experiences. For example, we offer groups for women on a mission, people in the third third of life, and creative ministry professionals. Other times, we curate groups of people across industries and backgrounds that can help offer new perspectives.

Road Ahead Might Be Good If:
  • You’re feeling stuck
  • You’re in vocational crisis
  • You’re in transition
  • You’re asking big “what’s next?” questions
  • You have questions about what God is calling you to
  • You could really use some space to reflect
  • You want to unpack the road God’s had you on thus far
  • You crave space to make sense of your faith and your work

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Testimonials

Creator of DrawNear Visual Prayer, lay minister, wife and mother, Fuller alumnus / 2020 Cohort: Women on a Mission

Sandee Masuda Hunt

"The Road Ahead groups taught me how our pain can reveal our longings. I feel I was able to get unstuck by discerning what I long for and how my empathy related to my next steps."

Senior Vice President in Banking / 2020: Third Third Cohort

Siga Shagran

"One common theme in our third third Road Ahead group was how to create more runway in our lives. Everyone in our cohort brought experiences of life and loss, and were willing to call a spade a spade. For me, I work in a corporate environment that will end one day. This program was relevant because it made sense how everything I've done in life can create more runway through empathy, imagination, and risk; to do other things as I get older."

Professional Coach, Trainer, and Artist / 2020 Cohort: Women on a Mission

Louise Abbiati

“When I entered the Road Ahead program, I wanted to explore my new coaching practice. However, I discovered my longing and starting place was somewhere else. God was calling me to wholeness and authenticity which is connected to my creative practice. I wouldn’t have had this insight at this moment of my journey had I not gone through this program. This was a real eye-opener because I was able to connect back to my core, to the core of my calling.”


Cohort Descriptions

Learn more about the four unique Road Ahead cohorts we offer. Click each title below for a description plus additional information about each cohort type.

This cohort is for all professionals, which includes adults, young adults, or older adults; men or women; those who are employed, unemployed, or in-between-jobs; and others!

Calling all Creatives! Consider what God has for you in this season alongside other creatives—entrepreneurs, artists, or anyone with a creative heart. The Road Ahead is wide and open, we’d love to journey with you as you discern where you’re headed!

Ministry folks have unique vocational challenges. No matter if you’re looking to transition or dig in deeper where you are, we could all use the space to reflect. In this prolonged season of change, come and consider alongside other pastors and nonprofit leaders what the Road Ahead looks like for you vocationally.
As you approach and enter the “third third” of life questions of work start to look and feel different. Maybe you’ve finally got time to do what you’ve always dreamed of. Or maybe you’re winding down from paid work but you have lots of energy to contribute. Whatever the case, consider what the Road Ahead looks like in the “third third” of life.

Click here to read about Mark Roberts' experience facilitating a Third Third cohort.

Whether you’re in transition, feeling stuck, or just looking for the space to reflect, our Women Professionals groups are good for any woman wrestling with questions about work and/or vocation. Come and consider what the Road Ahead looks like for you!


Cohort Schedule & Details

We do cohorts quarterly in the winter, spring, summer, and fall. Here are the cohort types, dates, and times for the 2021 Fall quarter. For later quarters, please check back later.

CohortDatesTimesFormat/
Location
Status
All Professionals w/ Wayne ParkEvery Tuesday
from October 5 to November 9, 2021
6-8PM (Central Time)In Person (@ Fuller Houston Campus, TX)Full
All Professionals w/ Wayne ParkEvery Thursday
from October 7 to November 11, 2021
6-8PM (Central Time)In Person (@ Fuller Houston Campus, TX)Full
Ministry Professionals w/ Yolanda MillerEvery Wednesday
from October 13 to November 17, 2021
6-8PM (Pacific Time)Online (via Zoom)Full
Third Third w/ Don Follisfrom October 11 to November 15, 202111AM-1PM (Pacific Time)Online (via Zoom)Full
Third Third w/ Rebecca JohnsonEvery Tuesday
from September 28 to November 2, 2021
6-8PM (Pacific Time)Online (via Zoom)Full
Women Professionals w/ Rebecca JohnsonEvery Tuesday
from October 12 to November 16, 2021
12-2PM (Mountain Time)Online (via Zoom)Full
*Additional cohorts may be added depending on interest and demand.

Please note: participants must be able to attend all sessions.


Pricing & Scholarship Information

Road Ahead is a paid program, with the option to add on individual coaching sessions that help you activate all that comes up in the group experience.

Road Ahead Price:
$500/Participant

This includes: 1) six group sessions, each two hours in length, 2) a welcome package that includes a workbook and tools for your cohort, and 3) an assessment test to supplement your self-reflection (such as Enneagram or CliftonStrengths).

Specialized Coaching Add-On:
$300 for three 50-minute sessions*

Coaching helps you activate all that comes up in the group experience. Our coaches specialize in the Enneagram, CliftonStrengths, vocational discernment, and spiritual direction. We’ll customize our coaching to whatever best meets your needs! Visit the Guides section below to learn more about our coaches.

*You start with three 50-minute coaching sessions, and can always add on more if desired.

Thanks to a generous donor, partial scholarships are available. Please indicate that you need a scholarship on your registration or email us directly at connect@depree.org.

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Meet our Guides

We’ve curated a network of diverse and contextual guides to facilitate our Road Ahead cohorts. Guides also provide one-on-one coaching. Click below on their biographies to learn more!

Ready to Register?

In order to provide the most seamless registration experience possible, our Road Ahead program utilizes a three-step process of onboarding participants and forming cohorts.

Step 1: You register.

You can register by filling out the registration form. Takes about 3-5 minutes.

Step 2: You pay now
(or later, if requesting a scholarship).

Once you register, you’ll receive an email with payment instructions. If you are requesting a scholarship, the email will have more information on how to do so.

Step 3: We’ll confirm your participation via email in 7-10 days.

You’ll receive an email in 7-10 business days confirming your participation in a cohort. If we have questions about your registration, we’ll get in touch with you immediately.

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