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Fresh Expression Cohort

For those dreaming, visioning, planning, starting, already started an FX.

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Rev. Dirk Elliott is Director of Congregational Vibrancy and Leadership Development for the Michigan Conference. Dirk has served in similar positions in the Detroit and East Ohio Conferences of the UMC for the past 18 years.

Prior to his ministry as part of Conference Staff, Dirk served for 18 years in pastoral ministry in three appointments. Much of his continuing education has been in the areas of church growth, evangelism and faith sharing.

Dirk is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coach Federation and an endorsed Mentor Coach through Path 1 of UMC Discipleship Ministries. He is on the Executive Strategy Team for the Path 1 Team, the United Methodist’s church planting initiative through Discipleship Ministries. Dirk is the author of Vital Merger: A New Church Start Approach that Joins Church Families Together.

To learn more

Have questions?  Please contact

Dirk Elliott, Director of Congregational Vibrancy and Leadership Development

[email protected] 

517-347-4030 x4090


Jodi Fuller, Congregational Vibrancy Executive Assistant

[email protected]

518-347-4030 x 4091


A monthly meeting to:

  • learn new techniques and gain new ideas on starting Fresh Expressions
  • brainstorm with others new approaches to Fresh Expressions
  • encourage and be encouraged as you move through the process
  • tap into Fresh Expression resources
  • receive group coaching


Who is this event for Pastors and Laity interested in Fresh Expression


Ten meetings in 2023, 10:00am to 3:00pm EST

January 19, 2023          June 15, 2023
February 16, 2023        August 17, 2023
March 16, 2023             September 21, 2023
April 20, 2023               October 19, 2023
May 18, 2023                 November 16, 2023


$250.00 per person


Two Options to Attend: Virtually via ZOOM or in person at the Michigan Conference Center, 1011 Northcrest Road, Lansing, MI 48906  


Fresh Expression Cohort Registration


Paying By Check

Please make check payable to Michigan Conference. Please note on your check Fresh Expression Cohort and the name(s) of the registrant(s). Mail check to: Michigan Conference Center, 1011 Northcrest Road, Lansing, MI 48906.
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Last Updated on November 11, 2022

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