"Reframing our Lenses" Cohorts starting mid-September 2020

Like no other time in history, we need to examine the lenses by which we see others, ourselves, and God. Racism, favoritism, legalism, rampant individualism, and consumerism can all be traced back to a distortion of these lenses, for these three lenses define how we relate and act towards others, God, and self.
The cohort will be focused on identifying our default lenses in the context of the people God’s placed in our lives, our Samarias, people your culture typically wants nothing to do with. In doing so, the Spirit can identify past masters in our hearts so that in the words of Dallas Willard, we “can also open the door to choose other masters, possibly better masters, and one Master above all.”
The six week cohort will carefully reveal these three lenses by examining heart beliefs we all learned from our growing up years, starting with the lenses by which we see others, moving onto the lens by which we see ourselves, and finally the lens by which we see God.
At the end of six weeks, expected outcomes include the following:
  • A refreshed lens that will enable you to engage with others with more of the humble, vulnerable heart of Christ
  • A testimony that highlights your journey of deriving face from God instead of other sources
  • Able to identify biases you grew up with, and possibly how it distorts the lenses you use to see God, yourself, and others
  • A reframing of how you see God, yourself, and other people

The best summary of the cohort goal is wrapped up in our mission statement, "to equip you to deeply understand how your own family and cultural story fits into God’s Story in a way that will shape how they lead others to love and live amongst their neighbors.”

Cohort Structure and values:
  • Each one will have no more than 8 participants
  • Safety and confidentiality: Each participant is screened through references. No audio or video recording nor screenshots are accepted without permission.
  • We're taking an "information light, integration heavy" approach. That is, each session will be focused on sharing and listening to others.
  • Expect to spend an hour preparing for each session. Most of that time will be spent in reflection and writing.
Cost: In my experience, free classes tend to devalue the cohort. Yet, I don't want fees to be a distraction. So we've set the fee at $5 per session, $30 for all 6 session. Of course, the prep, research behind the scenes are worth more than the $5/session fee. Past participants simply donated to Kingdom Rice privately through this link. That way, any financial investment is given out of joy.
Structure and Work involved:
  • Each cohort is limited to 8 participants for maximum participation. Barring emergencies that come up, you will be expected at each meeting and prepared to discuss the subject.
  • Each meeting averages between 75 and 90 minutes long.
  • Over the course of 6 weeks, the reading will amount to less then a couple dozen pages. Most of the work will be reflection questions that will be brought to the next session. Minimum suggested time of preparation between meeting is one hour.  Most of that time will be in reflection.
  • From experience, cohort meetings often surface theological or social questions beyond the focus of our meetings. In these cases, I will offer supplementary reading, most likely in the form of curated blog posts. Expected outcomes won’t necessarily include coming to conclusion with some of these issues. But I believe the class structure will help you arrive at a conclusion sooner.
Kingdom Rice reserves the right to cancel any training event two business days prior to the event. In case of cancellation, registrants will be notified and fees will be prorated and refunded. A makeup class will be offered at no cost. If you cannot attend a training event, we will refund your registration fees only if we are contacted at least two business days prior to the event. Otherwise, no refunds will be given.