Road Ahead Cohorts

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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 make spiritual sense of the season of work that you’re in 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
Senior Director, De Pree Center

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What’s In It For You?

💡 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 unpack all that’s going on in your world. Some of these take place in the group sessions, whereas you’re meant to do others 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 their 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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Cohort Descriptions

Cohort TypeDescription
Creative ProfessionalsCalling 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 FolksMinistry 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.
Third ThirdAs 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.
Women on a MissionWhether you’re in transition, feeling stuck, or just looking for the space to reflect, our Women on a Mission 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!

Enrollment Periods

QuarterApprox. Cohort DatesOpen Enrollment*Approx. Cohort Placement**Cohort Availability in 2021
*Enrollment is first come first serve. If a cohort reaches capacity, you'll be placed on a waiting list for the following quarter.**Cohort placement is approximately when De Pree staff will reach out to confirm your participation in a cohort.Creative ProfessionalsMinistry FolksThird ThirdWomen on a Mission
WinterLate January - MarchStarts December 1Early January
SpringLate April - JuneStarts March 1Early April
SummerLate July - SeptemberStarts June 1Early July
FallLate October - DecemberStarts September 1Early October

Pricing Information

Road Ahead Experience Includes:BasicPremium
Six group sessions, each two hours in length
A welcome package that includes a workbook and tools for our cohort
Optional Enneagram test to supplement your self-reflection
3 individual Coaching Sessions that help you activate all that came up in the group experience
Price Per Participant$500$800

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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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.”

Meet our Facilitators

Want to Become a Facilitator?

We’re actively recruiting new facilitators as our program is expanding. If this interests you, please apply below!

Fill Out a Facilitator Application Form!

Ready to Register?

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

Step 1: You register.

You can register at any time by filling out the registration form. If you’re hoping to get into an upcoming cohort, make sure you register before the “Approximate Cohort Placement” date (see the “Enrollment Periods” section).

Step 2: We place you in a cohort.

At the beginning of each season (winter, spring, summer, and fall), De Pree staff will contact you to be placed into a cohort. Please see the “Enrollment Periods” section for approximate dates when cohort placement occurs. Upon placement into a cohort, you will be prompted for payment.

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