Preaching Cohorts
VISION: To establish cohorts of pastors who covenant together to develop and improve their skills in expository preaching through joint workshops, mutual encouragement, and personal accountability.
COHORT: A cohort is a group of 6-8 men who are preaching regularly and commit to learning together in the cohort for twelve to eighteen months.
EPI-CENTER: The mission of the EPI-Center is to encourage pastors in “rightly dividing the Word of God” through the expository method of preaching. The mission is accomplished through periodic two-day workshops and ongoing preaching cohorts.
1. A cohort agrees to attend four half-day workshops per year either online through virtual classrooms or in person at mutually agreeable locations. The Rephidim Project will facilitate the workshops in consultation with the EPI-Center.
2. A cohort agrees to work with each other in prayer and mutual encouragement on a regular basis during this time. The Rephidim Project will be available for encouragement and prayer via phone on a regular basis.
3. A cohort agrees to share sermons with each other for constructive criticism and personal accountability. The Rephidim Project may hold periodic video conferences online for the benefit of the members of the cohort.
4. A cohort agrees to read and study preaching resources and share insights with each other on a regular basis. The Rephidim Project working with the EPI-Center will develop, provide and suggest resources for personal growth to the members of the cohort.
5. A cohort agrees to attend a larger EPI-Center workshop in their geographical area whenever possible.


Each cohort collaborates in designing a personal learning plan for the program. The PLP should prioritize the needs of the cohort members to maximize the value for each one. The facilitator will gather the resources and develop the workshops to focus on the PLP following the model of learner-centered educational outcomes.

Additional Information On Preaching Cohorts, Methodology,
and The SAFNS Method Of Sermon Preparation