Based on a model founded in 1998 in Dallas, Texas, Project Transformation Central Texas launched in 2017 to address three unique challenges with one program: 1) how to meet the academic, physical, social-emotional, and spiritual needs of children from low-income communities, 2) how to provide meaningful ways for college-age young adults to explore ministry opportunities and develop as young principled leaders for the church and the world; and 3) how to help revitalize churches in underserved communities.
Children – College students – Churches. This is a win-win-win formula where relationships are at the heart of everything we do. It is through relationships that lives and communities are transformed.
Our mission underscores our ultimate purpose: to transform communities. This end result is highlighted in the center of our theory of change diagram.
We believe that transformation, both individual and communal, happens through mutual relationships. At PT, community transformation is about the restoration of
relationships with God and neighbor. In an increasingly isolated and disconnected society, PT creates connection – to neighbor, to God, and to ourselves – that
transcends racial, socioeconomic, and generational boundaries. Building mutual relationships is a slow, arduous and messy process, but leads to lasting change in communities.
Engaging children, college-age young adults, and churches:
PT’s program model intentionally connects three groups – children, college-age young adults, and churches. The program engages children in holistic development, strengthening their literacy, social-emotional and spiritual skills. At the same time, young adults are engaged in purposeful leadership and ministry as they lead children’s programming, live in an intentional Christian community, and focus on vocational discernment. And, the program is a tool to connect churches with their communities through hosting and supporting out-of- school-
The primary medium through which transformation happens is relationships. As represented by the bidirectional arrows of the diagram, each group is transformed by and through relationships with the other two groups. These relationships are reciprocal, meaning the individuals in the relationships both teach and learn, both give and receive, both contribute and benefit. Mutual, loving relationships are life-giving and life-changing–they call us toward our individual and collective purpose.