I just got back from from the re-start of Raleigh-Durham's Cohort Meeting...
For the uninitiated, "cohorts" is term Emergent uses for local communities that gather to discuss the intersections of church, culture, theology, and life. These local groups have been developing all over the country. Just over three years ago, we only had a handful...but in the past year cohorts have been developing in most major cities around the country. For an example of a great cohort, check-out Uprooted in Chicago
Chris Marlow (pastor of Sacred, a church plant in Raleigh), Tyler Jones (pastor of Vintage21, an Acts29 church near N.C.State's campus) and I are working to get the second version of our cohort going this fall. In the past, we've meet mid-week in the mornings and have had a great small group of professional pastors join us. But in this derivation, we have changed our monthly meeting time to the evenings to include a much wider group of persons who want to join us but are not available during the day. We have several friends in Greensboro, Eastern NC, and Southern Virginia who are also hoping to join us.
The Plan: We will meet for the time being at Vintage21 (off of Oberlin Rd., near Cameron Village and N.C. State - see Vintage21.com for better directions) at 7:30pm on the fourth Monday of each month.
Please feel invited to join us for a wide range of theological and cultural dialogue. One of our primary goals is to build/restore the voice of the church in the Triangle and a post-Christian culture.
Also, please feel free to drop me a line if you have questions or suggestions (Tyler and I will be developing the topics and "content" for the cohort meetings).