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Coaching Academy

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.

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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.

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Northwest Christian Church Oklahoma

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.

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Central Christian Church Orlando

Mission Pathways on sale for limited time In the summer of 2014, Central Christian Church in Orlando, FL, 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.

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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.

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Michael Whitman

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

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.

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bell curve

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.

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Henson Valley Christian Church

“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.

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stained glass

It’s a movement that is targeting Millennials and catching on in several Disciples churches in Illinois.

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Crossroads garden

It took a while 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.

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Workship First Christian Church Scottsdale

If your congregation were given the challenge to do one thing “out of the box” in just 21 days, what would it do?

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Transformed and empowered leaders are critical to leading congregations to do God’s mission in the world in this challenging era in congregational life. Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation offers leadership and ministry resources that help raise up these leaders and prepare their congregations for transformation.

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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.”

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