Transforming Communities is a program that promotes innovative faith praxis in Cascadia by training congregations to mobilize their congregational identity for neighborhood mission. In these video segments, three pastors discuss how Transforming Communities helped them to create adaptive ministries through deep listening, ethnography, and design thinking.


Seattle Vineyard Church,

John & Judith Hix

How a congregation in Seattle’s University District is becoming a safe place for international students who are facing loneliness and food insecurity—while giving one pastor a chance to more fully express the giftings born of her heritage.


Stanwood United Methodist Church,

Justin White

How a progressive church in a rural area put into practice its inclusive beliefs by “Showing Up in Stanwood.”


Fairwood United Methodist Church,

Ferdie Llenado

How a suburban church re-launched a youth ministry by drawing on its past and adapting to the needs of the present.


Find out more about the Transforming Communities resources for denominations, congregations, and pastors at Transforming Communities – organizational development program – The Center for Transforming Engagement.

Cover photo credit: Paul Moody



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