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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

2018 Annual Report

Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation and Disciples Church Extension Fund are pleased to share with you our 2018 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.







Thank you for your gifts!

We are grateful for your support of the new church movement through the Pentecost Offering.

Each year, half of this offering stays in the local Region or Area where it’s collected to start and uphold new churches. The other half is used across the United States and Canada by New Church Ministry to support the recruiting, assessing, training and coaching of new church leaders at events like Leadership Academy.

Our church planters remain committed to answering God’s call . . . to serve their neighbors, spread the gospel, and make more Disciples.

You can give at any time throughout the year.

Hope Partnership announces re-structuring plans

INDIANAPOLIS – (April 3, 2019) Since 2012, Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation has functioned as an independent collaborative ministry with Disciples Church Extension Fund (DCEF), providing leadership development and congregational revisioning services to more than 1,300 churches throughout the U.S. and Canada. Starting June 1, the operations of Hope Partnership will be administered through DCEF, permitting Hope to serve its mission even more effectively.

“This is a ministry-driven decision,” says Gilberto Collazo, President of Hope Partnership. “With this change in structure, we will be able to cut overhead and offer our services at a reduced cost, allowing us to help more of the congregations that need us most.”

Under its established name and identity, Hope Partnership will continue to work with clients by offering its proven programs, including New Beginnings and Epiphany. And, because the need for leadership development and congregational transformation crosses denominational lines, Hope Partnership will also enhance service relationships with ecumenical partners like the United Church of Christ, Presbyterian Church (USA), Presbyterian Church (Canada), Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and the Episcopal Church.

“This is really an internal consideration,” says Rick Reisinger, DCEF President. “We had the capacity to take on Hope’s administrative functions and the directors and staff of Hope wanted to focus exclusively on their mission and ministry. In fact,” he notes, “Hope Partnership actually grew out of DCEF seven years ago. So it feels natural, moving forward, that the services of Hope Partnership will again be available through us.”

Donations made to Hope Partnership will continue to benefit the Disciples congregations using its services.

Congregational vitality and sustainability are, in part, the result of effective stewardship of capital and leadership resources. These are the missions of DCEF and Hope Partnership.

The ministries, under the umbrella of Church Extension Financial & Missional Resources (CEFMR), partner with Disciples in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and, in some cases, other Christian denominations throughout the U.S. and Canada to find new and innovative ways to transform communities through service-driven mission and ministry. For more information on these ministries, visit hopepmt.org and disciplescef.org.

New Church Hacks webinar series

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

Hosted by Pastor Terrell L. McTyer, Minister of New Church Strategies, New Church Hacks provides practical (and sometimes peculiar) prompts for churches from start to restart. Why only be new or better, when you can be both? New Church Hacks is jam-packed with clever solutions to tricky problems and empowers courageous leaders with the tools, tips and how-tos to start, sustain and strengthen congregations.


Our most recent webinar episode, 39 Hacks to Prevent Ministry Burnout,” featured guests Kara Lassen Oliver (Executive Director of The Upper Room Center for Christian Spiritual Formation) and Junius B. Dotson (General Secretary (Chief Executive Officer) of Discipleship Ministries, The United Methodist Church). The episode taught participants how to beat burnout with lessons on:

  • Learning to lead from within and finding ongoing renewal for a compassion-filled life
  • Discovering ways you can combat burnout for your church staff
  • Discussing how church members can help their pastor and leaders avoid it
  • Recognizing your own triggers to avert looming burnout around the corner
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Join us in the Fall, when New Church Hacks returns for Season 2!


A tool for change

Could your congregation use some help? Maybe in re-imagining its mission to make your church more relevant to your community? Or, maybe in supporting and revitalizing your leadership through dynamic guidance and coaching programs? These are just some of the services offered by Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation.

Wondering which Hope Partnership service is right for your congregation? Check out this Tool for change, developed by Hope Partnership staff.

It’s a simple needs self-assessment. You answer a handful of questions about your congregation in each of seven modules to find out which Hope Partnership service best addresses your current situation. It costs nothing and takes just a few minutes. After you complete the assessment, return it to info@hopepmt.org and a Hope Partnership advisor will be in touch with you.

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

2018 Coaching AcademyChurch 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



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.

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