Churches in transitional neighborhoods reach out to their immediate communities by partnering with Project Transformation to host programming for children. Church development that happens in partnership with Project Transformation is multidimensional and interdisciplinary. Through this partnership, host churches are empowered to better cultivate two key traits of discipleship: radical hospitality and active listening. Host churches are trained each year in best practices for leveraging the program by one another and Project Transformation. First and foremost, church members and staff are able to display radical hospitality as they greet children, lead chapel services during programming each week, invite parents to worship and plan and attend Family Fun Night events with the young adults. Beyond this, the host church also enters, with more resources, a relationship of active listening in order to better learn and understand the community’s needs and assets.
For the summer of 2018 we are returning to the same three host churches we began with last year: Meadowbrook UMC, University UMC, and FUMC Bedford. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about becoming a host church in the future.