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Coaching Academy prepares church leaders for congregational transformation


INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 31, 2018)— Church leaders gathered in Indianapolis May 17-19 for the first annual Coaching Academy hosted by Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation’s ecumenical services. The event brought together clergy and lay leaders from four mainline denominations to train a team of coaches that will walk alongside congregational leadership in the final phase […]

Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation, a general ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) that develops transformational leaders through innovative approaches that transform congregations and communities, announces an innovative, ecumenical shared business model with the church extension funds of mainline Protestant denominations. Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation has formed a groundbreaking ecumenical partnership, bringing […]

Northwest Christian Church, Oklahoma City, OK had reached a point where it needed to reimagine its ministry. The surrounding community had changed, the building was large and costly to maintain and the membership was aging and declining in numbers. The Northwest leadership determined it was time to seriously look at the congregation’s future. In order […]

Mission Pathways on sale for limited time In the summer of 2014, Central Christian Church in Orlando, Fla., came to the realization that they could not continue to function the way they had for years after the sudden loss of several strong spiritual, financial and administrative leaders for unrelated reasons. Florida’s regional minister suggested to […]

In 2008, First Christian Church in San Bernardino, Calif., whose sustainability challenges were becoming all too familiar for Disciples churches, signed on to do New Beginnings, a new service offered by then Church Extension and now by Hope Partnership. Designed to help congregations answer the question, “What is God calling us to be and do […]

By Ruth Fletcher, Regional Minister, Montana Region, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) How does a congregation become the kind of church needed in this rapidly changing world? Mission Pathways, a futuring process designed by Hope Partnership, opens the eyes of the church to see what it has become. It opens the hearts of the congregation to […]

In the past eight years, hundreds of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) congregations have participated in a process called New Beginnings, developed and offered initially by Church Extension and now by Hope Partnership, that helps congregations assess their current condition, strengths and opportunities as they seek to answer the question, “What is God calling our […]

Greenfield Christian Church in Greenfield, Ind., has a “connector bridge,” an enclosed walkway designed to provide protection from the elements as people move from one area of the church to another. Even though it was built after the original church buildings, the bridge had seen better days, and the property committee was concerned about its […]

Thanks to Indiana Regional Minister Rick Spleth for this perspective on Hope Partnership’s New Beginnings Assessment Service, which has helped hundreds of congregations make courageous decisions about their future direction. In the Spirit . . . I have been working with several of our congregations recently as they have been engaged in conversations about their […]

“If there are people who don’t think they are welcome at the Table, sometimes you have to go where they are and walk with them to the Table,” says Martha Brown, associate minister of Henson Valley Christian Church, located in Fort Washington, Md. Brown, who serves as the pastoral presence for the congregation, describes their […]

It’s a movement that is targeting Millennials and catching on in several Disciples churches in Illinois. Hannah Fitch had an idea. The former youth associate at Central Christian Church in Decatur, Ill., a congregation that participated in Hope Partnership’s New Beginnings service, wanted to find a way to bridge the gap between the churched and […]

It took awhile for the congregation to take the first step toward transformation, but once Chestnut Ridge Christian Church (CRCC) in Marietta, Ga., began their spiritual strategic journey, there was no turning back. In 2009, the congregation was tired, resources were thin, and mission consisted mostly of giving to causes as they arose and some […]

If your congregation were given the challenge to do one thing “out of the box” in just 21 days, what would it do? First Christian Church, Scottsdale, Ariz., accepted that challenge and started “The 5th with First”—a combined worship/outreach project service or, as they call it, “workship.” On the fifth Sunday of the month, the […]

For the first time, Disciples’ Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation, Presbyterian Church USA and United Church of Christ are collaborating to offer New Beginnings Assessment Service jointly  in a region.  “Come and See” events are planned for Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, Texas over the weekend of September 13-14. Hope Partnership originally developed the New […]

Geoff Mitchell was the pastor of First Christian Church in Keokuk, Iowa for five years. “We loved what we were doing,” he says. “But, it was time to do something different, more bold.”