The goal of congregational transformation is to transform 1,000 congregations by the year 2020 to realize the 2020 Vision of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The above number will be updated at the first of each month.
What is Congregational Transformation?
Transformation is the intentional spiritual journey that a congregation undertakes systemically in order to realize what God has called it to be as church and to do in mission in today’s world.
Transformation is a fundamental change in the congregation’s conception and implementation of ministry. A transforming congregation will be oriented around mission to the unchurched, nurturing them into the loving caring fellowship of Christ. It will be notably different from one oriented primarily around ministering to members alone. The needs of members will still be met. In the context of a church in mission, everyone is important, church or yet-to-be churched.
Is this something new?
Since 2005, Disciples Home Missions has been working to provide events and resources geared to congregational transformation. There have been six events with 677 individuals (from pastors, lay leaders, regions and the general office) interested in congregational transformation. They have either attended one of the transformation events, served on a transformation team or are a transforming congregation. These individuals and congregations are under the umbrella of 30 regions within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Is there a goal?
By the year 2020, the goal of congregational transformation is for 1,000 transformed congregations to realize the 2020 Vision of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Congregations currently in transformation?
The list of transforming congregations is growing. To see the list of current congregations in transformation click Congregations in Transformation.
What about resources?
To see some of the resources available through DHM visit Resources You will find resources geared to those just beginning the process and other resources geared to those further along in the process. This list is not exhaustive. There are many other resources available for your use.
Ways to stay connected?
DHM has a network of pastors who regularly meet by listserve. Chuck Dorsey of Memorial Christian Church in Rock Island, IL is the moderator. Visit the Discussion Group.
If your congregation is in the transformation process and you would like to become one of our 1,000 transforming congregations visit Survey.
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