CLI Adaptive Leadership

CLI Adaptive Leadership Cohorts

Explore what it means to be adaptive leaders who can go into uncharted territory when everybody has been thrust into it at the same time. Brought to you by the Church Leadership Institute in partnership with Fresh Expressions.

What's Included?

Tight-knit Teams and a Trained Coach

Cohorts include up to 21 church teams, all working in groups of four teams with one trained coach. Together, you'll share 3 group coaching calls that will take place every month.

Hands-On Experience

Three all-cohort webinars provide experiential learning with both experts and other leaders from across the country in real time.

Missional Prototype Method

This tested method will teach you how to best serve your community and to focus on the changes needed within your congregation to faithfully thrive in a changing world.

Online Learning Modules

You'll gain access to four modules where your team will learn and put into practice one new leadership concept each month. This material will be yours to access and go back to long after the cohort is complete.

Best-Selling Leadership Resources

Every member of your team will receive two best-selling leadership books.

Regionally Based and Hybrid Cohorts

Through an 18-month process in collaboration with Fresh Expressions, a team of up to 6 participants from your congregation will discover and live into the principles of adaptive change that lead to impactful ministry in the 21st century.

The hybrid version has the same content as the online one, but it includes in-person meetings as well. Registration for the hybrid Adaptive Capacity Cohort is run by Fresh Expressions.

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Financial Assistance

Thanks to a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, we will be subsidizing 16 churches with grants that range between $500-$1,000 for each church team.

Program Pricing

Online: $1,500/team (2-4 people)

You will experience:

  • 6-month accelerator program
  • Qualification for an optional year of individualized coaching
  • No expensive travel. No time-consuming concepts to master. Just 100% online real-time learning for your real-life situation.

Specialized Coaching Add-On:

An additional $1,500 for 12 months of follow-up coaching

  • Experiment with prototypes
  • Integrate the changes into your church culture for long-term adaptive transformation

Hybrid via Fresh Expressions: $5,999 or $279/month for up to 6 people

You will experience:

  • Learning skills for leading through change
  • Learning how to craft effective missional experiments
  • Learning to navigate a congregation through change

*The cohort’s cost includes a $1,000 non-refundable deposit

Ready to Apply?

Step 1: Fill out the form

Fill out the application.

Step 2: Review supplemental content

If your church is accepted between June and November, you will gain access to pre-cohort content.

Step 3: Confirm and communicate

If you have additional questions please email

Prepare to transform
your work and leadership.

Register for a cohort and find the support and guidance you need to lead with courage and discernment.