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Recasting logoRecasting – The Multi-Church Cluster: For the cluster of congregations seeking to unleash Spirit-filled energy from working in community.

Recasting is a multi-church transformation process, conducted with a cluster of (up to six) congregations to benefit from the dynamics of gathering in community. Congregations coming together to reimagine their ministries has proven to stimulate creativity, encourage accountability, and enhance a Spirit filled-experience for all.

Purpose: During the one+ year process your congregation’s leaders will make choices to be a sustainable church, use your member and capital assets to support your mission, and shift the focus from “what” you are doing to “why.”

By finding clarity on why you exist, your congregation will discover innovative ways to do ministry and transform your community. Similar to the Epiphany program, Recasting includes two additional weekend retreats, and uses the energy that is unleashed by working in community to encourage each other into your ministry future.


Phase 1 (Preparation): Each congregation will provide profile information, including current participating membership, church financials, and property footprint, to Hope Partnership. Your profile information will be used by your Hope Assessor to create your individualized Assessment Report.

Phase 2 (Assessment Visit and Report): Your Hope Assessor will make an on-site visit to get a first-hand understanding of your congregation’s setting.

During the Assessment Visit, your Hope Assessor will:

  • meet with pastor/moderator/clergy leadership
  • meet with your treasurer/financial officer and review financial statements
  • tour your building and property to look at how the building is used and maintained
  • tour your neighborhood
  • hold an open forum for church members to share the ways your church has excelled in meeting spiritual, missional, and relational needs. Often, this Appreciative Inquiry session is guided by regional/diocesan representatives*


Region/Diocese/Judicatory Participation: Involvement of a region/diocese is a valuable component to the Recasting process. When possible, the regional/diocesan representative is invited to attend the Assessor’s visit and participate in leading the Appreciative Inquiry session, using materials provided by Hope Partnership. 

After the visit, you will receive a comprehensive Assessment Report. Your Hope Assessor will report on your church’s membership and capital assets, current programming, and context.

The Assessment Report includes:

  • your congregational demographics and membership tenure
  • community demographics and neighborhood trends
  • a pin map showing location of your membership
  • financial history and analysis
  • building condition and usage
  • ministry activities and metrics of congregation’s vitality


Phase 3 (The Retreat Experiences): Your team of two Hope Facilitators lead four on-site weekend retreats with the transformation team leadership from all participating congregations.  When possible the meetings will be held at one of the participating churches.

The experiential retreats are focused on moving from a transactional to a transformational leadership model. Your leaders will re-orient their leadership styles from “managing a church” toward “transforming the community” as guided by the Spirit.

Between retreats, each congregation is given assignments to freshly evaluate your church’s current programming and mission offerings. You will meet people in your community and learn from your neighbors about their greatest needs and spiritual longing.

From there, you develop your Future Story and Capacity Plan for your unique congregation.*

*A Future Story illuminates what life-giving ministry will be possible for your church if you choose a certain path forward. Based on your ministry dilemmas, mission opportunities, relationship-building potential, and financial and membership assets, your congregation has options for a transformative Future Story.

A Capacity Plan pairs your Future Story with the necessary resources. The plan identifies strategies to create new missional opportunities in your community while taking into account the reality of your current capacity. You clearly describe what you want to do/be and the resources you have/will need to make that happen.

Phase 4 (Receiving the Plan): Your transformation team will present the church’s Future Story and Capacity Plan to the congregation. Together, you will pursue a distinct future path and transform your ministry.

Ongoing (Coaching): As (s)he shepherds your congregation along the transformation journey, your transformation team leader (clergy or lay) will receive regular coaching e-sessions with your Hope Facilitator. These coaching sessions provide encouragement, guidance, and maintain accountability to goals you have set throughout the first year of missional transformation.

Every congregation’s team leader is individually coached. Each month, when a retreat is not scheduled, your transformation team leader will have coaching e-sessions with your Hope Facilitator.

Outcome: Church leaders rediscover their longing for mission and inspire transformation in their congregation and community. Your church is designed for self-sufficiency. Your real estate is used to support your mission. You know and respond to neighbors where they are, creating permeable walls to the church.

Target Audience: Congregations seeking to come together to reimagine and transform their ministry both inside and outside their church walls

Download an Application Form for Recasting.

Cost:  USD $55,000* (over 2 budget years, = USD $4,583 per church per year)

*plus, normal travel and maintenance costs for Hope Assessor and Facilitators.

For more information contact: Sally O’Brien  sobrien@hopepmt.org   203-820-3700