Church mOS Application

The first Church Planter Cohort piloting the new church multiplication operating system (church mOS) launches June 1, 2023 and runs for 1-year. This exclusive, invite-only, peer-to-peer experience is limited to 15 church planters. Approved participants receive a $5,000 grant (thank you Asbury Seminary) to cover program costs and travel. Applicants must be nominated and sponsored by a leader or organization that participated in the co-creation process of the new mOS or was granted nominating privileges by the design team. Click here to download an information packet on the beta cohort for church planters.

Application Deadline

Applications are now closed! Another cohort will open soon.

Limited to 15 Planters

Applications are taken and considered on a first-come, case basis and the cohort may be filled before the application deadline. Do not delay in submitting your application before the May 1, 2023 deadline.

Weighing the Cost

The CMOS Beta Cohort experience represents a significant investment of time and energy by the planter, the sponsor, and the CMOS equipping team, and a significant financial investment by our partner Asbury Seminary. We take seriously the stewardship of this unique, exclusive, invite-only experience. The learnings from this pilot cohort will likely impact 1,000s of churches in the future. 
Selecting candidates who are compatible with the purpose and goals of the beta cohort is critical to the health and livelihood of the participating planters and to the success of the pilot. Implementing a new operating system is not for the faint of heart, and will require a deep conviction to implementing new wineskins. The journey will require sacrifice, and will certainly be met with spiritual warfare.
We ask that candidates do a serious self-reflection and assessment to weigh the costs and to ensure there is a solid fit before applying. Please do not apply if you or your sponsor have any question about your fit and compatibility. We encourage you to discuss any questions or uncertainties you have with us before applying.

Application Process

The application process includes the following steps:
  • Sponsor Endorsement and Nomination

    The CMOS design team has empowered partnering leaders and organizations to sponsor participants in the CMOS beta cohort. Your first step is to get a strong endorsement and referral from a sponsoring leader or organization. Each sponsor will have criteria for assessing the compatibility of candidates for this initiative. Obtain a 500 word or less written referral / endorsement from a participating sponsor that you can paste into your online application in step 3 below.

  • Candidate Self-Assessment of Fit

    After receiving a referral / endorsement from a sponsor, applicants are requested to do a candid self-assessment of their fit. This reflection should consider the qualifications section, expectations section, and weighing the cost section from this page. Participants who accept the $5,000 grant but do not complete the 1 year cohort are required to repay the grant. As a result, weigh your decision carefully before proceeding to the online application in step 3.

  • Submit Online Application

    After completing steps 1 and 2 above, continue to the online application on this page. Be sure to review your self-assessment results with your sponsor before completing the application. The application requires you to provide your sponsor endorsement, your self-assessment, and your agreement to the terms of the grant and cohort expectations. The application takes less than 30 minutes to complete. You will be notified within 7 days on whether you are being selected for a final onboarding interview.

  • Onboarding Interview and Acceptance

    The final step in the process is an online compatibility interview with your sponsor and the CMOS design team. The primary purpose of this call is to review the basic expectations for participants and to get their commitment to proceed with participating. Approved candidates will be given advance reading and homework assignments to be completed before the initial face-to-face gathering in Raleigh NC on June 27 - 29, 2023.

For questions about the application process, please email

Applicant Qualifications

Successful candidates who will benefit from the CMOS Beta Cohort experience will have the following qualifications affirmed by their sponsors and through self-assessment. Because this is a significant commitment of time and energy, it is in the applicants best interest to verify (along with their sponsors) that these qualifications are met.

Applicant Expectations

This section provides a description of the expectations that applicants are committing to if accepted into the exclusive, one-year CMOS Beta Cohort journey.  These expectations include non-negotiable MUST statements. We are seeking to be clear up front on the commitment required in this journey.
  • Kickoff Meeting

    Participants MUST attend the in-person kickoff meeting in Raleigh NC on June 27 - 29, 2023

  • Zoom Calls

    Participants MUST participate in semi-monthly, 90-minute zoom calls.

  • Home Work Assignments

    Assignments will be given to be completed between Zoom Calls. Participants MUST diligently apply themselves to completing these assignments on time, and share results with their sponsors and our CMOS coaches.

  • Launch Plan

    A primary product of this cohort is a custom launch plan / playbook developed from your contextualization of the CMOS. Participants MUST invest heavily in the customization of their launch plan.

  • Peer-to-Peer Learning

    Actively build relationship with and learn from other participants. Participants MUST have a posture of collaboration and peer-to-peer learning and sharing.

  • Online Portal

    We are using a state-of-art online system for launch plan development and management. Participants MUST use this system to develop their launch plans / playbook, and share access to sponsors and other particants.

  • CMOS Expression

    This CMOS cohort introduces a new operating system which requires a new paradigm of thinking. Participants MUST use the CMOS to shape their launch plans.

  • Regular Feedback

    This beta cohort is a learning laboratory to hopefully help 1,000s of other church plants. Participants MUST actively provide feedback and contribute to the cohort learning.

  • Monthly Reports / Updates

    Participants MUST provide regular status updates during our regularly scheduled zoom meetings. Participants may occasionally be asked to prepare a written summary of their progress.

  • Teachable Posture

    Participants MUST maintain a teachable and coachable posture with peers, sponsors, coaches, and faciiitators.

  • White-Label Sharing

    Participants MUST allow full access and sharing of their developed launch plans with the broader church planting community via the CMOS white-label resource library. Personally sensitive information may be excluded from sharing.

  • Accountability

    Participants MUST submit fully to their sponsor as their primary line of authority for accountability during the cohort journey.

  • Asbury Connection

    As our funding partner, Asbury Seminary has minimal expectations beyond those listed herein. Participants MUST provide status reports to Asbury if requested (infrequent) and sign up for the FREE online Asbury Connection.

  • Grant

    Participants are expected to diligently pursue active participation and completion of this CMOS journey. If the journey is not competed for any reason other than a family hardship approved by the CMOS team, the participant MUST repay the $5,000 grant that was given for their participation.

Online Application

Please complete the application in one sitting. You can not save the form part way through. We strongly recommend you save a copy of any essay type answers as you fill out the application, just in case there is a problem during submission. Click here to download a digital copy of the application if you want to prepare your answers off line and then paste them into the application. You will need your sponsor endorsement / referral to complete this application. This form takes approximately 60 minutes to complete.

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