SUM is not solely an academic institution. SUM believes that academic studies, practical hands-on ministry, personal spiritual formation and mentoring are four vital areas for true ministerial development. An important training component comes through mentoring by spiritual leaders who have a passion to pass the torch to the next generation of spiritual leaders. SUM believes that mentoring is the key element missing in most theological ministry preparation. Jesus gathered together a group of 12 disciples and he poured his life into them. SUM desires to replicate Jesus’ mentoring patterns in SUM’s cohorts. This factor elevates the need of the VL to participate in this mentoring process also practiced by Paul the Apostle. (1 Thess. 2:8)
To help determine the suitability of a partnership between your church or ministry and SUM, kindly complete and submit the U.S. Cohort Partnership Form. The Board Resolution is signed after the cohort has been vetted, and both SUM and the Partnering Ministry agree to enter into a partnership.
International locations should complete International Cohort Partnership Form and visit the Launch an International Cohort page for launch steps and contact information.
A critical factor in the launch of a cohort is the selection of the Cohort Advisor (CA). The Visionary Leader will make their selection for SUM to vet and approve. Parties who are interested in becoming a Cohort Advisor with SUM must go through a five-stage vetting process, namely: 1) recommendation, 2) application, 3) evaluation, 4) training, and 5) deployment. SUM prefers CA that have a graduate degree, however, a CA may be selected that is in the process of completing a degree with SUM or another accredited institution.
Another key factor in launching a health cohort is for the partnering ministry to recruit and enroll their first ten students. Recruitment is critical to the success of your cohort. After the selection and approval of the CA, the CA will work with the U.S. Cohort Director or Director of Enrollment Management to develop a recruitment strategy. Additional steps, found in our Standard Cohort Timeline, are necessary for a successful launch.