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Welcome To Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation

Welcome To Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation

Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation’s mission is to empower courageous leaders to guide the Church into life-giving expressions of ministry for this era of God’s mission. As a general ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Hope Partnership is home to New Church Ministry and transformational leadership programming.

Annual Report & Report to Congregations

Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation and Disciples Church Extension Fund are pleased to share with you our 2017 Annual Report & Report to Congregations.

We hope that you enjoy learning about how our friends and partners have inspired and empowered new ministries across the life of the Church.

Thank YOU for working with us to help congregations thrive and transform communities!

Read the full report online here.

New Church Hacks webinar series

Introducing a new webinar series sponsored by Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation’s New Church Ministry… New Church Hacks.

New Church Hacks provides practical (and sometimes peculiar) prompts for churches from start to restart.

The next installment in our series is August 22, 2018 at 3:00 pm EST. This episode features Lashaundra McCarty (Coach, Trainer, and Speaker with 3C: Creative Communications & Consulting) discussing 26+ Marketing Hacks to Move Ministry Forward.

The Gospel is the greatest message ever. “The greatest message deserves the greatest marketing, creativity, and storytelling,” Tim Schraeder. Marketing your ministry can be the difference between dwindling attendances and a thriving church community.

  • Try-on these tips and tactics to take your marketing and digital integration to the next dimension.
  • Increase your comfort with Facebook while expanding to other platforms like Twitter and Instagram.
  • What will your campaign look like? What kind of media will you use? Will it be brochures? YouTube? Online advertising? TV?
  • Reach people where they are, wherever they are, by developing a digital communications strategy.
  • Strengthen your digital strategy to encompass your church website, email marketing, church app, etc.

Explore these and other important considerations to create a church digital communications strategy of champions.


The most recent webinar was hosted by Pastor Terrell L McTyer, Minister of New Church Strategies, and featured  Jamie Bramble (Creative Arts Director and Worship Leader at Simplicity Church, Oklahoma City, OK) and Pastor Liam Bernhard (Worship Leader at Crestwood Vineyard, Oklahoma City, OK and Director of Worship School OKC) discussing 11+ Hacks for Music in a New, Small or House Church.

Watch the 11+ Hacks for Music in a New, Small or House Church webinar here.

The first installment in our series featured Pastor Jorge “Joey” Cotto and Tony Rodriguez of Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Coral Gables FL, leading a discussion on the Marks of a Healthy New Church.

Watch the Marks of a Healthy New Church (webinar only) here.

Watch the Marks of a Healthy New Church (webinar with chat) here.

Hope Partnership launches innovative, shared business model with mainline Protestant denominations

Beginning in 2018, Hope Partnership has formed a groundbreaking ecumenical partnership, bringing together the best practices and services of mainline Protestant denominations through their respective church extension funds, using an innovative ecumenical model to serve each other.

Participating church extension funds are from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Episcopal Church, and the United Church of Christ. Church extension funds provide capital financing to churches and ministry programs for building purchases, construction, renovation, as well as property redevelopment projects.

The best practices of programs and services, a new network of colleagues, decades of experiences, leadership, and faith have been pooled to provide transformational ministry services to a wider ecumenical network of congregations. “This is a visible expression of true ecumenical partnership,” says Gilberto Collazo, president of Hope Partnership.

Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation was founded in 2012 by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in a collaborative effort between Church Extension (now Disciples Church Extension Fund), Disciples Home Missions (DHM), and Higher Education and Leadership Ministries (HELM) to provide leadership development programs, assist Disciples churches with ministry assessment and viability, and facilitate the resulting transformation of both leadership and ministry. Read more about the new ecumenical partnership.

Ecumenical Services


Coaching Academy prepares church leaders for congregational transformation

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 of Hope Partnership’s transformation services.

“Coaching is a vital part of the transformation process,” says Rick Morse, vice president of Hope Partnership. “Time and time again, we’ve seen that coaching helps congregations live into their bold decisions and embrace their new ministries feeling supported and not alone.”

The three-day event featured coaching demonstrations, in-depth training on coaching procedures and best practices, and educational sessions with keynote speaker Robert E. Logan. Logan is the founder of Logan Leadership and co-author with Sherilyn Carlton of Coaching 101: Discover the Power of Coaching.

Coaching Academy is the second training event held by Hope Partnership under the groundbreaking ecumenical collaboration announced earlier this year by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) extension fund and three other mainline Protestant denominations: Episcopal Church, the United Church of Christ, and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Read more about the Coaching Academy.

Meet our Facilitators

Save the date for the 2018 Leadership Academy!

Leadership Academy is an interactive learning experience for leaders in church planting and transformational ministry.

This leadership event brings together leaders from across the nation to share leadership experience, wisdom, and trainings. The conference is a five-day event hosted by Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) since 2001.

Mark your calendars to be in Indianapolis, IN September 17-21, 2018.

Read more about the 2018 event! 


New Beginnings

“What is God calling our congregation to do and be in this time and this place?” Hope Partnership’s New Beginnings Assessment Service helps congregations assess their strengths and opportunities as they seek to answer this question.

Start Your New Beginning Now