Vertical Worship Cohort

Our goal is coaching and mentoring through 1-1 investment and interaction, while providing a transformational experience where worship leaders learn to love and lead their churches with a vertical focus.


The Vertical Worship Cohort will provide four, 2-day, in-person workshops featuring coaching and training while giving attention at the individual level to each attendee through personal year-round 1-1 mentorship. We also invite everyone to stay for the weekend alongside our team to participate in our weekend worship services. The cohort meets Thursday’s & Friday’s at Harvest Bible Chapel in Elgin, Illinois except for the August cohort which meets at our Cathedral Campus in downtown Chicago. Saturday and Sunday services are at one of our Chicagoland campuses.

Coaching from Vertical Worship, Harvest Bible Chapel Staff & Guests

We have a small army of experienced worship leaders, pastors and musicians that want to pour into you so much of what they have learned over years of ministry. It’ll be like drinking from a firehose.


Sharpen your gift and focus in areas you need to grow with personalized year-long 1-1 mentorship and training from established and seasoned worship pastors and artists.

Receive Feedback

We say, “feedback is the breakfast of champions”. Getting an honest evaluation of what you do combined with strategic shepherding for growth is critical to your personal ministry development.

Songwriting Intensive

Our summer cohort session is a songwriting retreat hosted at our Cathedral Campus in downtown Chicago. Sit under some of the best songwriters in our Vertical Worship community. Learn the craft of worship songwriting and leave with new songs of your own.

Articulate Clear Vision for Worship Ministry

Invest in what the Lord has entrusted to you and take it to the next level. Hone in on your calling and gain fresh insight on why you do what you do.

Limited Capacity Groups

We intentionally limit the cohort to 25 participants to keep a family-vibe and lean into the strength of the year-round personal mentoring component.

Be A Part of Growing Family

The cohort is designed to multiply. Some of our alumni return as mentors.

Our heart is to generously share what we have learned and see it multiplied throughout the kingdom.

2021 Coaches Will Include:

Worship Pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel & Vertical Worship


Worship Leader & Songwriter (Your Name, Behold Him, Hosanna)


Worship Leader, Author & Songwriter - Passion Conferences (Healing Is In Your Hands, Waiting Here For You)

Christy Nockels

Worship Pastor & Songwriter - New Life Church - Desperation Band (Make A Way, Overcome)


Lead Pastor of Worship & Production & Songwriter - Harvest Bible Chapel


Worship Pastor & Music Director for Vertical Worship


Worship Pastor - Cityline Bible Church


Associate Pastor of Instrumental Music & Songwriter - Harvest Bible Chapel

Travis Doucette

Worship Leader & Songwriter - Harvest Bible Chapel

Tom Madison

Worship Leader & Songwriter - Vertical Worship (Over and Over)

Lauren Smith

Worship Pastor & Songwriter - New Life Church (Sovereign Over Us)

Aaron Keyes


2021 Dates

Intensive includes: Worship Leader and Senior Pastor Relationship / Leadership in Worship / Assessment of Skill / Philosophy of Worship / Service Planning / Surviving and Serving in a Post-Covid World
Intensive includes: Pastoring, Shepherding and Caring for your Team and Volunteers / Recruitment and Auditioning / Working with Production Teams / Biblical Soul Care / Personal Spiritual Inventory / Recovering and Rebuilding a Healthy Worship Ministry Culture
Intensive includes: Songwriting: The Why, How and Now / Theory and Practical Training from Experts / Small Group Co-writing Sessions with Coaching from Vertical Worship and Harvest Bible Chapel Staff / Song Evaluation / Creating and Maintaining a Songwriting Culture at your Church

Intensive includes: Maintaining a Worship Culture / Next Steps of Ministry / Implementing a Personalized Worship Philosophy / Building and Administering a Multisite Worship Model and Culture / Live Presentation of Original Song(s) From Previous Cohort


The cost of attending the Vertical Worship Cohort is $2000 per Worship Leader (cost does not include travel or lodging). As part of your fee, you will receive exclusive training materials, books, personalized 1-1 year-round mentorship from a member of Vertical Worship or Harvest Bible Chapel team, more than 20 workshops, labs and training sessions as well as live coaching from some of the leading voices in the worship community. In addition, on-site lunches and a group dinner Thursday nights will also be provided.

COST OF THE ENTIRE Vertical Worship CohorT

$ 2000
  • Exclusive training materials
  • Books
  • Personalized 1-1 year-round mentorship
  • More than 20 workshops, labs and training sessions
  • Coaching from some of the leading voices in the worship community
  • On-site lunches and group dinners on Thursday’s

    *Cost does Not include travel or lodging*


In order to be eligible for the Vertical Worship Cohort, the worship leader must: