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CoLab | Sharing Jesus

A six-week cohort to help you revive evangelism in your church and grow your congregation in an increasingly post-Christian context.

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Here are just a few of the things you’ll discover in this six-week cohort:

  1. What today’s spiritually-open and skeptical people are really looking for, including the questions they’re asking and the doubts they’re carrying
  2. Which outreach strategies are actually working right now and how to implement them in your church
  3. Ways to effectively preach, teach, and program that attract the unchurched
  4. How to build an effective plan for equipping your congregation to reach people who don’t yet follow Jesus.

Walk through what the latest research is teaching us about modern evangelism

Uncover opportunities and challenges in your ministry through custom assessments

Connect with other leaders so you can learn and grow together

What to expect from a Barna CoLab

We’ll provide the data, the community, the assessment and the framework. You’ll bring your experience, perspective and passion for ministry.

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Barna CoLab is a source for valuable information and resources from which to hone ministry efforts and effectiveness.

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Do it. It brings a different perspective and provides an opportunity to meet with others who are going through something similar. The CoLab confirmed some practical things we have been doing and revealed ways we could grow!

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CoLab equipped me with needed data and tools to share with leadership.

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Frequently Asked Questions

About Barna CoLab

For Barna CoLab | Sharing Jesus, the live gatherings will be October 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, and 21. If you are unable to attend the live gathering, your team can still watch the recordings on demand in your online learning platform at a time that is convenient for you.

Each Barna CoLab offers six weeks of online training and collaboration through six live virtual gatherings (which are recorded and made available on-demand). Additionally, participants will be offered a free congregational assessment for each church to deploy, team activities and reflection guides, bonus content and the ability to interact with other participants through breakout groups and online discussion forums.

Yes! You are welcome to join Barna CoLab and will certainly still gain insights that can help you, but please keep in mind that our content will be crafted to primarily serve the church leaders.

Yes, you can deploy the assessment. However, the assessment is pre-built, and many of the questions will ask respondents about their experiences with “their church,” so some insights might not be totally relevant to your context. You will be provided with a copy of the assessment questionnaire at the start of CoLab and can determine if it’s worth deploying for your context.

The Barna team has gone above and beyond to provide you with a suite of team activities to help you plan for and then take next steps in your ministry. Using our Barna insights-to-action framework, our team has built these guided activities specifically for your CoLab cohort. This is where we turn up the dials and get strategic as leaders. If you choose to invest time and energy in the team activities, you will leave CoLab with a concise list of testable, actionable ministry ideas. Again, this extra work is not mandatory but strongly encouraged if you want to walk away with a strategic action plan in place.

Each week of the Barna CoLab includes 90 minutes of live content—one 60-minute session, plus a 30-minute breakout. Barna recommends also allocating an additional hour each week for the assessment deployment, team activities and/or reflection guides. This additional work is optional but highly recommended.

As a part of CoLab, the Barna team has built a free and easy-to-use online assessment – designed just for you as a member of your particular cohort. Deploying this assessment to your congregation isn’t mandatory, but it’s definitely strongly recommended. In order to help you successfully do so, the Barna team is going to encourage you to launch the assessment to your people as soon as possible – ideally by week 3 of CoLab. After you’re signed up for the cohort, we will supply you with everything that you’ll need in order to participate, including email templates, the questionnaire in its entirety for your review and step-by-step guides to access and then deploy the assessment to your people.

If you or your team are unable to attend the live virtual gatherings, you can watch them on-demand. There will be some advantages to participating live (including Q&A with the Barna team and special guests, plus live breakout rooms). However, through the online course platform, you’ll still be able to interact and collaborate with others throughout the course of the program.

You can definitely add more participants from your team or church after your cohort launches for only $49/person (after you have reached the max number of your original purchase). Email us at colab@barna.org and we will help register additional participants.

Barna CoLabs are hosted on a custom Barna course platform. Apart from the assessment (which is hosted by our technology partner Gloo), everything will be found within our course platform – the live gatherings, on-demand recordings, discussion forums and course content. Upon purchasing a CoLab seat, you will receive an email to make an account for this platform.

You’ll have access to everything in the course platform for your specific cohort for 30 days after the six-week program is complete.

We would prefer that only the people who register and pay to participate in the cohort have access to the videos and resources.

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