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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.

Rev. Dr. Joi Robinson

Pastor Appreciation Month

To close out Pastor Appreciation Month, we’re sharing a reflection from Rev. Dr. Joi Robinson, Minister of New Church Ministry Coaching, on why she’s thankful for pastors.

“During the month of October, we have an opportunity to honor the ones we so often take for granted. The ones that we desperately seek out for advice before making a major decision; the ones we long to see in times of sorrow, bereavement or illness; the ones who encourage us and/or correct us with a heart of love and concern; the ones who celebrate our achievements – no matter the magnitude; the ones who cast a vision and work diligently to bring it to fruition; the ones who teach us God’s Word not only through preaching behind a pulpit on Sundays, but also through their lives lived before us Monday through Friday; the ones who bombard Heaven for mercy, grace and blessings to be added to our heavenly accounts.

Pastors, we honor you! From our General Minister and President Terri Hord Owens, to our thirty-two Regional Ministers, to each and every Commissioned and Ordained pastor – THANK YOU!!”

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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).


Annual Report & Report to Congregations

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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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.

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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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