Developing an Outward-Focused Culture & Helping Churches Gain Traction

The propensity for any church to turn inward-focused poses a real threat to the mission. The longer an organization exists, the more energy, resources, time, and money are needed to care for the insiders. The solution to transitioning an inward-focused church culture into a life-giving outward-focused culture requires a number of strategies. The Cohort journey helps pastors and church leaders identify inward- focused tendencies and learn how to transition to an outward-focused culture.
Dates, Times & Location for 2017-2018:
Eastside (Sunnyside Area) Westside (Olympia Area)
9:30am – 4:00pm 9:30am – 4:00pm
Neighborhood Church
385 E Allen Rd
Sunnyside, WA 98944
Evergreen Christian Community
1000 Black Lake Blvd SW
Olympia, WA 98502
      Session 1 - Friday, October 27
      Session 2 - Friday, December 1
      Session 3 - Friday, January 26
      Session 4 - Friday, March 2
      Session 5 - Friday, April 6
      Session 6 - Monday, May 21
                    (Previously May 11th)
     Session 1 - Tuesday, October 24
     Session 2 - Tuesday, November 21
     Session 3 - Friday, January 19
     Session 4 - Tuesday, February 27
     Session 5 - Tuesday, April 3
     Session 6 - Tuesday, May 1

Registration & Cost:
The Outward Focused Network is intended for lead pastors, their spouse, and leadership teams.
Cost is a flat $250.00 for everyone you bring from your organization.

Help us prepare for you and register below before October 18.  Please note in the syllabus below that book reading and a report is due at the first session.

The NWMN is offering a 50% discount for churches with average weekly attenance under 125. If you believe your church qualifies please use code OFN50 at checkout. Additional scholarships may be available by request.

Workbooks will be supplied for the number of people that you register for. After the first session, additional workbooks will be sold at cover price ($24.95 - make checks payable to NWMN).

Have a cancellation or need to add a team member before the first day? Edit your registration online using the link provided in your order confirmation.
  • Session 1Out of Focus - Defining inward focused characteristics and missional drift and clarity.
  • Session 2Developing Outward-Focused Theology - Study of Missio Dei, the Missionary God.
  • Session 3Examining Focus - Defining outward focused characteristics and assessing culture.
  • Session 4Implementing Cultural Transition - Continued cultural assessment and anchoring change in culture.
  • Session 5Lenses for Re-focus part one - Study cultural changes needed in Theology and Preaching, Vision Casting and Language.
  • Session 6Lenses for Re-focus part two - Discuss needed changes in Finances, Relationships, Staff, Public Gatherings, Assimilation, Prayer and Spiritual Empowerment.
Before the first session each participant should read "Start with Why" by Simon Sinek and bring a 2 page report on how the book challenged your thinking on being outward focused. The book can be purchased from most local book sellers and through online book retailers.

For Additional Information Contact: 
Marianne Giberson, Assistant to Dave Cole