Frequently Asked Questions

Who is The Ascent Leader for?

The Ascent Leader serves three categories of church leaders:

1) Lead pastors in transition at an existing church

2) Church planters who are looking to gain life long ministry friendships, wisdom from some of the best church planting mentors, and practical guidance for your church and family

3) Executive pastors who manage the daily operations, staff, and culture of their church. 

Do I have to be a pastor?

Nope! No matter the title you hold, if you’re a ministry leader, then The Ascent Leader is for you.

How long does a cohort last?

The cohort begins with one year. However, the majority of our cohort members decide to lock arms and journey together over multiple years.

How much does a cohort cost?

Our cohorts are indeed expensive–They are designed around impact on your leadership development NOT for scalability.  To do that well, we keep our cohorts small (6-9 pastors) and we provide an all inclusive environment where you can truly connect.  This means we cover all food and lodging during the cohort.
Most churches cover the costs by combining their conference budget, their travel budget (because we cover food and lodging), and their coaching/consulting budget.
Additionally, we bill over 10 months so your costs are spread over multiple Fiscal Years.

What happens in a cohort?

Cohorts are designed to help you grow and develop as a person of God and as a leader, pastor, and influencer. To that end, you and your cohort will connect over several in-person gatherings in intimate, living room settings.

Your cohort gatherings begin with an evening meal and fellowship. The following day, you’ll go deeper into transformative, insightful, and exclusive conversations with top-tier mentors and coaches. The last day of the gathering is designed to help you cement your learning and build bonds of trust with your peers.

Do other leaders recommend your cohorts?

Yes! Thanks for asking. 🙂 Click here to see a list of endorsements from our cohort alumni. After you’ve read through their testimonies, we’d be happy to connect you directly with any of these leaders to get more information on cohort experience. 

How do I join a cohort?

Check out our cohorts here, and when you’ve found one of interest, click APPLY to begin the process.

How often do you have cohort openings?

We offer new cohorts every fall and spring.

How will I be paired with a coach?

After you apply, we’ll work with you to make sure you get into just the right cohort and are paired with the best coach to help you develop the skills you need in your unique season of leadership.

I completed a cohort. What’s next?

Congratulations! Consider continuing on with your cohort for another year, and invite a friend or coworker to join you. Since each cohort is uniquely designed with hand-selected mentors and coaches, your next cohort experience will offer you new and different opportunities to grow and learn.