Youth ministry innovations cohort

Change is hard.
And it's never been more important.
Lead innovative change in youth ministry this year.

Apply to join our next round of cohorts launching January 2025

WHY COHORTS?

It's time to start rethinking

Today’s teenagers don’t just need a weekly program. They need a holistic development of their life and their faith. They need a team around them who are invested relationally and bent toward transformation, not just information.

WHAT YOU'LL DO

We innovate
with you (Experts?)

Orange doesn’t just innovate for youth leaders, we innovate with you. That’s why we’re inviting some of our most strategic thought-leaders (like you!) to work together on some new ways to do ministry.

Develop personal and professional tools to lead innovative change in your faith community.

An overview of what the cohort experience will be like

Pre-Work Begins!

Prepare your space
Prepare your time
Prepare yourself
Prepare your cohort
January 2025

Virtual Cohort Call

Theme: Choose Your Team (Align Leaders)
Network with your Cohort
Receive your Homework

1:1 Coaching Call
March 2025

Virtual Cohort Call

Theme: Ideate Solutions (Partner with Parents)
Network with your Cohort
Receive your Homework

1:1 Coaching Call Orange Conference! Join us at OC!
May 2025

Virtual Cohort Call

Theme: Initiate Next Steps (Elevate Community)
Network with your Cohort
Receive your Homework

1:1 Coaching Call
July 2025

Virtual Cohort Call

Theme: Reflect Candidly (All 5 Values)
Network with your Cohort
Receive your Homework

1:1 Coaching Call
September 2025

Continued through January 2026

December 2024

In-Person Gathering in Atlanta, GA

You'll learn...
How to Dream
The Innovation Process
Risk Management
Innovating Around Your Values
Discover your Leadership Wiring
How to Lead through Change
Raising your Cultural Competency
February 2025

Virtual Cohort Call

Theme: Inspect, Imagine, & Identify (Refine the Message)
Network with your Cohort
Receive your Homework

1:1 Coaching Call
April 2025

Virtual Cohort Call

Theme: Examine Ruthlessly (Partner with Parents)
Network with your Cohort
Receive your Homework

1:1 Coaching Call
June 2025

Virtual Cohort Call

Theme: Experiment Courageously (Inspire Service)
Network with your Cohort
Receive your Homework

1:1 Coaching Call
August 2025

In-Person Gathering in Atlanta, GA

You'll . . .
Present your Five Year Plan
Receive Feedback from a Panel of Ministry Experts, Professional Leaders, and Nonprofit Leaders
Through 2026

Additional Perks

When you join the Innovations Cohort, you’ll receive access to these resources. 

Access to XP3
Curriculum 

1 Working Genius 
Assessment

2 Tickets to Orange
Conference 2025

Family Ministry
Essentials Book

Family Ministry
Assessment Tool

Monthly Mailers with
Additional Resources

Meet Your Cohort leaders

these are the faces you’ll see each month!

Charlie Conder

18 years in Youth Ministry

Jackie Raihl

17 years in Youth Ministry

Canidce Wynn

16 years in Youth Ministry

Brett Talley

17 years in Youth Ministry

FAQs

Wondering if this cohort is a good fit for you? 

This is a 18-month cohort experience. We’ll spend 9-months in an intensive strategy and training phase, followed by 9-months to help you evaluate your current context and apply new models to your ministry.



Our content will be guided by the 5 timeless values of Orange.

  • align leaders around a common strategy & values.  
  • refine the message to create engaging, relevant & memorable experiences.
  • engage every parent to be the parent they want to be.
  • elevate community so relationships are a priority.
  • influence service as an integral part of faith formation.



We are looking for youth pastors who are new to ministry or feel stuck in your current model of ministry—leaders who are looking for a way to back out of the day to day grind and lead intentionally with an end in mind. Our aim is to find a diverse range of churches that vary in their context, theology, ethnicity, demographics, and size, but who stack hands on this statement of faith & the mission to help teenagers have a better faith & future. Each application will be thoughtfully considered, and we’ll let you know when you’ve been accepted into the program. (Due to the nature of cohorts being limited capacity, not every application will be accepted, but we’ll let you know as soon as possible!)

We are looking for youth pastors who are new to ministry or feel stuck in your current model of ministry—leaders who are looking for a way to back out of the day to day grind and lead intentionally with an end in mind. Our aim is to find a diverse range of churches that vary in their context, theology, ethnicity, demographics, and size, but who stack hands on this statement of faith & the mission to help teenagers have a better faith & future. Each application will be thoughtfully considered, and we’ll let you know when you’ve been accepted into the program. (Due to the nature of cohorts being limited capacity, not every application will be accepted, but we’ll let you know as soon as possible!)

Ready to try something new? Let's Connect!

Apply below and we’ll follow up soon with next steps.