Friday, April 11, 2008
What is a Cohort?
This is the Emergent Village Cohorts video that has been shown at all of the Everything Must Change Tour stops. I had a small hand in creating it (I shot the footage from the Chicago cohort) and I'm simply amazed at how well the guys from Gravity Well Media put together a bunch of crappy, low-quality footage filmed on digital cameras, and maybe even cell-phone cameras and made it into something that really does capture the spirit and purpose of cohorts. Check it out.


posted by Mike Clawson at 9:44 PM | Permalink |


At 4/13/2008 11:00:00 PM, Anonymous Chris Monroe

Very cool.
Very, very cool.


At 4/14/2008 09:04:00 AM, Blogger M James

First you appear in the PBS documentary Evolution.
Now you are shooting video for an awesome short.

When you are going to hollywood man?



At 4/14/2008 12:47:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous

Wow, most of those people are white...

Big surprise... the emergent church has a bunch of white people with a little tiny bit of ethnic diversity...

I'm shocked...


At 4/14/2008 02:45:00 PM, Blogger Mike Clawson

Nony Mouse, if you want to make snide comments on other people's blogs, at least have the balls to not do it anonymously.


At 4/14/2008 06:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous

Calm down buddy... don't get upset... just making a comment...

Remember what Paul said about letting no coarse joking or filthy language come out of your mouth...


At 4/14/2008 08:22:00 PM, Blogger Mike Clawson

You still haven't signed you name or provided a link to your own website. Until you do, your comments are not really welcome here.

And I have no idea what your reference to Paul has to do with anything.


At 4/15/2008 12:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous

The reference to Paul has to do with the word "balls" that you used... I thought you would have stated your opinion in a different way. I guess you could have said, "have the guts to sign your name" but sure, you can use the other word... just a little nasty.

Some of the experiential "progressive" theology of the emerging church fits right in with Marcus Borg and the Jesus Seminar... because if the end result of the church doesn't have to do with evangelism and calling people to repent and follow Christ as the only way, then it is not about the Kingdom of God...

Rudolf Bultmann, aka. Nony Mouse


At 4/15/2008 09:16:00 PM, Anonymous Karl

Pretty cool Mike. If there was one in our area I'd probably attend, or at least visit as able on friendly terms.


At 4/18/2008 02:08:00 PM, Blogger Brad

Hi Mike, I stumbled across your blog...somehow! I'm part of a church in Waterloo, Ontario that has embraced a missional philosophy of ministry and is in the process of creating 'missional cohorts' to meet on a regular basis. I'd like to hear your perspective on the differences between a cohort and a traditional small group. Thanks!


At 4/18/2008 04:18:00 PM, Blogger Mike Clawson

Hi Brad,

An emergent cohort is not a group that meets as part of a larger church ministry. Rather most cohorts tend to be networks of people (pastors and lay-people) from many different churches. So someone from "First Baptist Church" might be part of the local emergent cohort, as could someone from "First United Methodist" or "Zion Apostolic" or someone who doesn't attend church at all, but the cohort wouldn't be considered a subsidiary small group of any of these particular churches. It is broader than that.


At 4/25/2008 01:26:00 AM, Anonymous Bradm

I am a different Brad than the last Brad but have a similar question. I've been involved with a few different "small groups" over the years and each of them included people from various churches in the area. If that's the only difference then I don't think there's much of a difference at all. Are there any other differences?


At 4/25/2008 11:12:00 AM, Blogger Mike Clawson

Well, a cohort would also naturally focus primarily on topics vaguely related to "emerging church" stuff. They're intended as a connection point for those interested in the emerging church conversation and need a safe place to talk about these things with others. We don't restrict the conversation of course, but generally at our cohort meetings our conversations revolve around issues of missional ministry, emerging theology, postmodern philosophy, and social justice.

So yeah, I don't think any old small group would be considered an emergent cohort. It'd have to be at least vaguely emergent related.


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