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According to Preston Adams, III, pastor of Amazing Grace Christian Church in Indianapolis, Ind., a shepherd has a heart for sheep and really understands that God mandates that we care for the flock. “A shepherd understands that we feed the flock the Word of God, and we are there to encourage them,” he says. This […]

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 […]

December 10, 2015, Indianapolis − Disciples Church Extension Fund and Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are pleased to announce that Jennifer R. Gallagher, C.P.A. will join the ministries as Chief Financial Officer, effective January 1, 2016. In this position, she will provide strategic leadership to all aspects of […]

“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 has been an awesome experience for me,” said Ramona Winfield, a minister who is starting an urban ecumenical initiative in Kansas City, Mo. Winfield joined a team of 60 leaders focusing on ministry or social entrepreneurship for the Hope Partnership fall Leadership Academy in Indianapolis held in September. “It was an awesome opportunity for […]

Disciples Church Extension Fund and Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are pleased to announce that Bethany Watkins Lowery will join the ministries as Director of Development, effective September 1. In this position, she will lead development team efforts that involve planning and implementing strategies to generate gift income […]

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 would be so much easier if leadership came with an instruction manual. The truth is that leadership is more an art than a science, more a call than an assignment, and in this era of ministry, more challenging than ever before. Hope Partnership’s Leadership Academy won’t provide all the answers to how to guide […]

At General Assembly, this Facebook post by Hope Partnership President Gilberto Collazo followed immediately upon the impassioned defense by Charlie Wallace, Hope Partnership minister for new church strategies, of the New Church resolution to celebrate and reaffirm the priority of the Christian Church Disciples of Christ to establish 1,000 new congregations by the year 2020: […]

Hope Partnership recently welcomed Shernell Edney as Minister of Educational Services. In her new role, Shernell is responsible for creating and implementing all educational resources for Hope Partnership, including the Leadership Academy, Ambassadors Academy, and webinar and distance learning opportunities. She will also manage Hope Partnership’s ministry planning and congregational future discernment services. Shernell is […]

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 […]

by Pastor Colleen J. Malone Wayside Christian Fellowship (Disciples of Christ) will celebrate its first anniversary on April 20, 2015. This small church start has had an amazing journey in the first year of its existence: beginning with advice and warm encouragement from Rev. Rick Spleth and the New Church Team, we have appreciated the […]

INDIANAPOLIS, May 1, 2015 — Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation announces that Shernell Edney will join the ministry as Minister of Educational Services, effective May 4. Edney is an ordained minister with an extensive background in education, ecumenical relations, and corporate communications. She previously served as program associate for global advocacy and education for the […]

Jim and Joanne Spainhower are two of the most devoted and generous people in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Having started their ministry by serving congregations in Marshall and St. Louis, MO, they left their “faithprints” in institutions of higher learning, such as the Ozark School of Religion and the Division of Higher Education […]

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 […]