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How is the ECM Cohort organized?

This graphic shows how a parish team is assigned to a coach and then grouped together into a cohort.  


What are the prerequisites for a parish Team being accepted into the ECM Cohort? 

All Team participants must complete the ECM Online Course  (Level 1) to be eligible for the Cohort (Level 2). Teams are composed of 3-6 ministry leaders and key parishioners, including clergy and young adults. 

Not sure who you should include on your Team and ask to complete the course? We are happy to prayerfully walk you through the process. Contact us or apply today.


What if my parish has more than 6 people who have completed the Online Course and want to be on a Team?

While we limit the Team to 6 people, it is wonderful and vital that more people than the core Team care about ECM. These additional people can be a bridge to helping transform ministry parish wide. We encourage Teams to include parishioners who have also completed the Online course in their Team Meeting W/out Coach.

What does a typical month in the ECM Cohort look like? 

A typical month for Team participants is listed below. All trainings and meetings are virtual over ZOOM except where noted:

  • Week 1: Summit or Webinar (all ECM Cohort participants)

  • Week 2: In-Person Team Meeting (without Coach), Reflection Homework due

  • Week 3: Cohort meeting

  • Week 4: Team meeting (with Coach), Applied Project due

How much time can participants expect to devote to the ECM Cohort?

Participants will meet 3-4 times a month, with a typical weekly time commitment of around 1-2 hours. 
At three points in the year there is a virtual Saturday Summit from 11am-4pm ET. Here are the dates for 2023-2024:

  • September 9, 2023

  • December 2, 2023

  • May 18, 2024

How are Coaches assigned?

Your Coach is a trained facilitator who will offer encouragement and support as your Team and Cohort prayerfully work through this transformational process. We pair up Teams with Coaches prayerfully, considering parish characteristics and time zone.

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