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Parish Leaders


As we seek to make disciples, multiply parishes, and plant churches throughout the city of Houston, leadership development is essential. This page is meant to be a resource to Sojourn's Parish Leaders.

What you'll find:

+ Sojourn's process for parish multiplication and apprentice development.

+ Other valuable resources (position papers, curricula, bylaws, etc.)

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Parish Leaders


As we seek to make disciples, multiply parishes, and plant churches throughout the city of Houston, leadership development is essential. This page is meant to be a resource to Sojourn's Parish Leaders.

What you'll find:

+ Sojourn's process for parish multiplication and apprentice development.

+ Other valuable resources (position papers, curricula, bylaws, etc.)

 

The Parish Leader Pipeline

Serving as a Parish Support Team Coordinator is a prerequisite for Parish Leadership. We hope to see Covenant Members prayerfully pursuing Support Team roles, and we hope to see Support Team members prayerfully pursuing Parish Leadership.

 

Support Team Roles

 

Communication: Coordinates the weekly potluck, manages the parish calendar, and works with the PLs to determine appropriate and timely group-wide announcements.

Connection: Fosters a culture of hospitality and ensures that guests are effectively integrated into the life of the parish and the church. In addition, he/she helps to organize social events.

Justice & Mercy: Looks for opportunities to serve neighbors. Works with the Justice & Mercy Team to coordinate service to Sojourn’s partnering non-profits.

Prayer & Care: Fosters a prayerful culture within the parish and coordinates with the parish members (and the Benevolence Fund, if necessary) to meet material needs within the parish.

 
 

The Assessment Process

 
  1. Become a Covenant Member.

  2. Serve as a Support Team Coordinator for at least one year.

  3. Schedule an initial interview with your current Parish Leaders. Once completed, the current Parish Leaders shall email their notes to Drew Knowles. This constitutes an official recommendation.

  4. Apply via the form below.

  5. Begin working on the essay questions.

 
 

Apply to Become a Parish Leader

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The Multiplication Process

Following an interview with a Pastor, apprentices will either be (1) asked to wait or (2) invited to the Parish Leader Orientation Course. If invited to the Parish Leader Orientation Course, it's time to begin exploring Step 5.

 

Step 6:

Establish a core team. This process should be driven by open and honest conversation between the parish leaders and apprentices (cohort leaders are also available to help). No two multiplications are the same, which means that healthy multiplication requires prayer and much discernment.

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Step 7:

Celebrate and send. Once a core team has been established, it's time to schedule a multiplication party. Typically, this will occur during your final parish gathering all together. Multiplication is bittersweet, but it should always be celebrated. The sample script below should help you to develop a few talking points.

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Step 8:

Incubate. Parish incubation is essential to the health and vitality of each Parish, especially future Parishes. This is in large part how we guard and propagate the biblical vision throughout our decentralized church model. A month of prayer and vision prior to public launch can only be a good thing.

We have hard copies of the Parish Primer available for each member during incubation. Reach out to a staff member to obtain your copies.

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Resources


As Parish Leaders, we know that you get asked all sorts of questions. Whenever necessary, please refer to the bank of resources below. If you have an unanswered question, or if you think we're missing a resource, please let us know using the form below.

Resources


As Parish Leaders, we know that you get asked all sorts of questions. Whenever necessary, please refer to the bank of resources below. If you have an unanswered question, or if you think we're missing a resource, please let us know using the form below.

Essential Resources

 

Theology / Position Papers

 

The Benevolence Fund

Each church within the Sojourn Houston family of churches contributes to a central benevolence fund. Many people make weekly contributions in coordination with a day-long fast. You can set up a recurring donation by clicking here. If you or someone within your parish requires financial assistance, please complete the form below:

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Name of Parish Leader
Name of Person Requesting Benevolence *
Name of Person Requesting Benevolence
 

 

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