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Do you have a vision for your church’s mission and mandate that is bigger than you? Equip your people to lead with you!

Kingswood Extended Mentored Cohort Courses are designed to facilitate leadership growth and practical ministry preparation through on-site mentoring by you or your staff. We want to partner with you as you lead your lay ministry teams to greater effectiveness for Kingdom impact.

What are Mentored Cohort Courses?
Mentored Cohort courses introduce a cohort model of certificate-level education that allows students to gain the knowledge and practical ministry preparation they need to be effective Kingdom leaders in an environment of accountability and encouragement. These courses meet the academic requirements for licensing and ordination in The Wesleyan Church but are specifically designed for pastors and ministry leaders who are looking for solutions to effectively train and equip their lay people for ministry at any level.

The critical component of our Mentored Cohort courses is the on-site mentoring you or a member of your staff will engage in with the cohort. Every two weeks, you will have opportunity to discuss what your lay people are learning, answer any questions the study material has generated, apply their learning to your unique ministry context, and continue to invest in their leadership development. We provide the course structure, curriculum, grading, and feedback, so you are free to simply pour into your people in a way that enriches their experience, maximizes their growth, and equips them for greater effectiveness in their local ministry.

Course Format
Mentored Cohort courses operate on a 13-week schedule, allowing for twelve weeks of active learning and one week of post-course work.

Students will complete approximately 50 hours of reading and writing assignments through independent study, submitting their work on a determined schedule to their Kingswood Extended instructor for grading and feedback. Every two weeks, they will gather with you or a staff member for a mentoring session. These sessions typically run for four hours and are a combination of processing the material together from the past two weeks, collaborating on practical application to your local context, and continued leadership development from your seasoned ministry perspective. You will have six mentoring sessions (approximately 24 hours total) with your cohort over the duration of the course.

At the end of the course, final grades will be determined by the Kingswood Extended course instructor and grades will be submitted to the Division of Education and Clergy Development for those students who may be interested in pursuing licensing or ordination in The Wesleyan Church.

Academic Policies

Attendance

Participation in the mentoring sessions is an essential component of the course structure, providing a means of interaction, accountability, and encouragement, and will be necessary to meet the academic requirement for successful course completion. Any student who is absent for more than four hours of the mentoring sessions forfeits the entire course. 

Submitting Course Work

All course work is submitted through Pathwright, the online Learning Management System used by Kingswood Extended. On-site mentors will also be given access to the course in Pathwright so they can track their cohort’s progression through the material and be aware of all concepts and assignments their students are working through.

All course work will be due at the end of the thirteenth week of the course. Late submissions will be penalized a 10% grade reduction per week after the deadline.

Extension of up to two weeks may be granted prior to the final due date, at the discretion of the instructor and with the recommendation of the on-site mentor, without penalty. Extensions beyond two weeks for extenuating circumstances will require approval from the Director of Kingswood Extended and may result in a reduction of the final grade for the course.

Work submitted three weeks after the deadline, without an extension for extenuating circumstances, will not be accepted and will result in a failing grade for the course.

Grading

Students will receive a numerical final grade. A final grade of 76% or above is required to fulfill the academic requirements for credentialing in The Wesleyan Church. Syllabi will include the evaluation guidelines for assessing submitted work.

Plagiarism & Other Academic Dishonesty

Flame Courses follow the plagiarism and academic dishonesty guidelines established by Kingswood University. For more information, please consult the policies outlined in the Kingswood Catalogue.

Fees & Refund Policy

Fees

All fees are listed in Canadian funds.

Mentored Cohort courses are $175 Canadian per student, plus books and materials. This reduced cost, (when compared to Flame and Correspondence courses), reflects the investment of the on-site mentor in sharing the responsibility of teaching the course material. It is also intended as an incentive to help groups of people within a church journey together as a cohort, recognizing there is strength and synergy in numbers that will only benefit the individual’s educational experience and the overall health of the church.

Refund Policy

Refunds for course fees are calculated on the following basis:

  • 100% within fourteen days of the start date
  • No refund after fourteen days
Course Schedule & More Information
Mentored Cohort courses have been developed to serve you and your church. To that end, we will work with you to determine the best time to start a course, based on your church calendar and the ebb and flow of your local ministry.

Please contact our office to start the conversation on how we can partner with you as you lead your lay ministry teams to even greater effectiveness.

Be still and know that I am God