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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.

Hope Partnership’s Epiphany service is for the congregation longing to become a transforming presence both inside and outside of its walls. It is designed to help congregations imagine and live into a new vision of their mission. During the one-plus year process, congregational leaders shift the focus from ‘what’ the church is doing to ‘why.’ By finding clarity on why it exists, a congregation will discover innovative ways to do ministry and transform both itself and its community.

Find out how two congregations recently found ways to transform their relationships to their local communities by partnering with Hope.

Sharing God’s Abundance

Bedford Camp & Conference Center

First Christian Church of Bedford (FCCB), has existed as a congregation since 1846. But why? Why was FCCB still part of the Bedford community? And, why did FCCB have so many activities that drained members’ energy without enlivening their spirits? To answer these questions, the congregation turned to Hope Partnership Services.

“Change is hard, even when you know you can’t keep going the way you have been,” says the Rev. Bruce Ervin, FCCB Transitional Pastor. “It’s tough to let go of things we’ve been doing for years,” he says. “But the Epiphany process showed us that letting go can be liberating.” Read more.



Building Bridges with Kindness

Habitat for Humanity house shower

“In developing our vision, we agreed on a main objective for our ministry: kindness,” explains First Christian Church Paris Pastor Barry Loving. “I know that sounds simplistic, but we believe that the expression of kindness can positively impact more lives than are imaginable. We see kindness building bridges in Paris, Texas. Bridges from our past to the future. Bridges from wounds to healing, from separation to connection, and from foe to friend,” he observes. “Kindness is the framework that builds these bridges. It can transform individuals and, in time, a whole community.” Read more.




Step up your leadership game as the New Year kicks off

New Church Hacks is back! New Church Ministry‘s webinar series returns on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 from 3:00-4:00 pm Eastern. Just like in episodes past, it offers real-world solutions to problems facing new and/or renewing churches from the people who’ve been there themselves. Season 2 will start off with an episode on leadership.

What are the marks of a good leader? Anyone can delegate tasks, but is there more to effective leadership than that? Are the people around you growing, becoming better leaders themselves, motivated, etc.? Though different leadership styles can be used at different times to build and manage an active ministry, these hacks should be universal in each and every leader:

  • Learn how to positively impact the success of your team, your organization and yourself
  • Better understand your own motivations, strengths and weaknesses
  • Develop skills for facilitating open communication and encouraging others


The featured guests are Bob Whitesel (Writer, Consultant, Coach and Speaker at Leadership.church) and Jason Tucker (Lead Pastor of Tower Hill Church and host of ReclaimedLeader.com podcast).




Thanks to all those who attended Leadership Academy!

This interactive learning experience, presented by New Church Ministry, brought together Disciples from throughout North America to share leadership experiences, wisdom, and training.

This year it featured two track sessions: the Start Track, led by Jose Martinez and Joey Cotto, which was designed to empower leaders whose church/projects have not yet launched, and the Sustain Track, led by Terrell L McTyer and Sandy Harvey, which was geared to empower leaders whose projects have recently launched and leaders of congregations newly affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Leadership Academy also featured DOCTalks, joint sessions that addressed missional transformation inclusive of every stage of leadership and congregational vitality, and LEADLabs, interactive, practical trainings designed to help leaders imagine, ideate, innovate, and implement missional concepts. Workshop topics included:

  • Team Development and Empowerment
  • Personal/Clergy Financial Practices
  • Inspiring Generosity and Fundraising
  • Congregational Budgeting and Bookkeeping
  • 20 Top Pre-Launch Steps
  • Understanding Your Leadership Style Using DiSC
  • Brand Building
  • Coaching
  • Church Law and Compliance


Featured speakers included:

  • Rev. Lorenzo Lebrija, Founding Director of TryTank
  • Tamara Plummer, Program Officer for Asset Recognition of the US Disaster Program at Episcopal Relief & Development
  • Maria French, Executive Director of Hatchery LA
  • Rev. Teresa “Terri” Hord Owens, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)


For additional information, visit www.LeadWithHope.org.


What it means to be free: a conversation with womanist preachers

The Gathering's preachers

Women’s Equality Day was observed in the US on August 26 to commemorate the passing of the 19th amendment, which prohibits states from denying the right to vote to any citizen based on sex.

In honor of this day, New Church Ministry (NCM) conducted an interview with Rev. Dr. Irie Session and Rev. Kamilah Hall Sharp, two female preachers who started The Gathering in Dallas, TX. They talked about church planting, womanism, and the importance of not only equality, but inclusion.

Their conversation took place right on the heels of General Assembly, where Disciples marked the culmination of the 2020 Vision. In NCM’s resolution, it celebrated the formation of 1,000 congregations in 1,000 different ways. This discussion with the women of The Gathering truly demonstrates the diversity of new and affiliated congregations, and how important this aspect of the Vision is to the future of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).


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.


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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