Richard Hamm, former General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) outlined a vision for the denomination that would set forth the framework for the first 20 years of the new millennium. Called the 2020 Vision, it highlights three marks of a faithful church: true community, a deep Christian spirituality, and a passion for justice. It was adopted by Disciples at the 2001 General Assembly.
The 2020 Vision highlights four priorities of the Christian Church:
- Formation of 1,000 new congregations 2020
- Transformation of 1,000 congregations by 2020
- The calling and forming of new leaders and the continued re-forming and development of current leadership
- Becoming a pro-reconciling/anti-racist church
Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation committed to helping Disciples start new communities of faith by recruiting, equipping and supporting new church leaders. Hamm and Hope Partnership call upon each Disciple and Disciples congregation, region, general unit, and related organization to consider, “How can the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) become a more faithful and growing church in the years ahead?”