How Hope Partnership helps with Missional Transformation

This is the organization that is leading us through our current evaluation and transformation process.  If you would like more information on them, you can check out their website at

Their 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. 

Their 2017 annual report is available on their website along with lots of other information about the work they do for our denomination (and others).

They realize that mainline churches are now in a new reality.  A common cited definition of insanity is continuing to do the same things and hoping for different results.  And yet that is what churches keep doing – the same thing with slightly different “tweaks” or adjustments with the expectation of dramatic changes that never happen. 

This organization is providing concrete information about our congregation and our community along with specifically-guided discussions to help us discover our reasons for existence, our specific passions for ministry, and the purpose we want to fulfill in our community as we go forward in this new reality. 

Hope Partnership will not tell us what to do nor will they suggest the choices that are best for us; their goal is to outline the entire variety of options for us to consider and choose.  Their work is “for the congregation that knows it can’t continue “as is” but doesn’t yet know what to do”; the goal is to help us figure out what to do.  They will lead us through an intentional process that will involve the entire congregation as we figure out what we are willing to do and what might work for us where we are in Independence MO. 

To that end, Hope Partnership is providing training, resources and coaching to keep us moving through the process to a final, intentional vote and plan for our new reality, whatever that may be.

If you do not have access to the internet or have difficulty finding what you want on their site, we will provide additional information about them as we go through this process.

If you have specific questions, please leave them on the desk in the library, in the library mailbox by the office, or speak to one of the following people:  Liz Evans, Patty Cox, Wilma Clark, Martha Schmidt, Annette Carter, Dee or Jay Crowley, Colby Smith or Wayne Tibbetts.