Episcopal Church Building Fund announces ecumenical model to expand product, service portfolio.
Episcopal Church Building Fund (ECBF) announces a new, ecumenical collaboration with Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation, a non-profit organization that assists churches with ministry assessments, provides leadership development programs, and facilitates the resulting transformation of both leadership and ministry.
ECBF joins the church extension funds of four mainline Protestant denominations, including Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and the United Church of Christ. Like ECBF, church extension funds within each denomination provide capital financing to churches for building purchases and/or renovations, as well as property redevelopment projects.
This collaboration will expand the product and services portfolio of ECBF. The Hope Partnership offers four main programs, including:
- New Beginnings, a six-month facilitated and coached process for congregations facing sustainability challenges
- Epiphany, a one-year facilitated and coached process for churches ready to imagine and live into their future ministry story
- Mission Pathways, an individualized, three-month self-guided service for healthy congregations looking at new ways to do ministry
- Recasting, a one-year process that brings together up to six congregations to form and launch their own future ministry options.
To support transformational congregations, the best of each denomination’s church extension funds programs and services, network of colleagues, and decades of experiences, leadership and faith have been pooled to form Hope Ecumenical Services.
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