Lifelong Learning

Coram Deo offers five equipping tracks in fulfilling our mission of multiplying leaders and multiplying churches, including lifelong learning for pastors.
Coram Deo offers an array of lifelong learning courses and cohorts that feed, nourish, and sustain the pastor for effective and lifelong ministry and effectiveness.  Designed primarily for pastors and church planters who have completed their equipping process, the lifelong learning courses and cohorts are open to all alumni as well as any pastor who wants to stay effective and sharp in the ministry.  Coram Deo utilizes an In-Ministry Formation paradigm.  As Dr. Chuck Van Engen states in his book, Forming Leaders in Ministry, this paradigm seeks “to create a seamless, continuous process wherein leaders become life-long learners whose formation never ends” (p.28).
We have several offerings that will be starting soon.  (New offerings are added periodically.)  These offerings can be engaged in a group format or in a one-on-one coached-mentoring relationship:


Resilient Leadership

This yearlong cohort is facilitated by David Beelen who served for 36 years as pastor of the same inner city, multi-cultural, multi-site church.  The group will read and discuss the content presented in Todd Bolsinger’s book, Resilient Leadership.  Some current studies suggest that in these days of Covid up to 35% of pastors are considering quitting the ministry.  Further, that up to 25% of churches may close.  This cohort is intended to be of special encouragement and nourishment to those who desire to gain the dynamics of resiliency in the pastoral ministry.


Understanding and Applying Fivefold Gifting

Facilitated by Jim Lankheet, this 6-month course starts with the APEST assessment (Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Shepherd and Teacher) for personal growth and understanding and then transitions to think and apply how to implement fivefold gifting in your ministry or church.  This course can be supplemented by the Kolbe A Index for the purpose of helping to build effective teams.


Advanced Preaching: Honing Your Craft

Facilitated by David Beelen, this 6-session course is designed for preachers who want to go to the next level in their preaching and communication of God’s Word.  Can be engaged either individually or in a small cohort.