Project Transformation National is pleased to announce the approval of two new chapters of Project Transformation: PT Louisiana and PT Pacific Northwest! These two chapters will join PT Central Texas in starting their first summer program in 2017. So, by next summer Project Transformation will have seven chapters operating programs in eight annual conferences of the United Methodist Church!
Project Transformation Pacific Northwest plans to launch the program in the Vancouver District of the Pacific Northwest Conference, just north of Portland, OR. Their core leadership team has been led by PT Oklahoma alumna and recent Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary graduate Rachel Neer, Gary & Jan Carter, and several others lay and clergy leaders from the area. Rachel served two summers with PT in Tulsa, OK. The Carters recently moved to the Northwest from Denison, TX, where they helped bring Project Transformation to Waples Memorial UMC. The United Methodist Church and its connectional nature brought this leadership team together, which led to casting a vision of bringing this ministry to the Portland/Vancouver area. The Pacific Northwest area is ripe for the launch of Project Transformation. Numerous partner churches, community partners, and site churches have been identified, including FUMC Vancouver, which is a National Points of Light Award recipient for its history of serving the community.
PT Pacific Northwest is accepting applications for its first executive director until June 19. For more information or to apply, click here.
Project Transformation Louisiana will begin its first summer in Baton Rouge in 2017. Two PT North Texas alumni and Louisiana natives, Phil Espinoza and Mitchell Lambert, led the way in sharing the vision for PT Louisiana. More than a dozen church and conference leaders quickly embraced the idea of bringing Project Transformation to Louisiana. Members of the PT Louisiana core leadership team know that this ministry will have a significant impact on the underserved children and communities of Baton Rouge, as well as develop young adults for future ministry roles. They have been inspired by the young adults who have served in other PT chapters and are excited to see more young people participate in their home Conference.
These two new chapters, along with PT Central Texas, are just three more examples of the ripple effect that Project Transformation can have across the country when we allow young adults to lead. As Project Transformation co-founder Sarah Wilke once said, “Invest in your young people, and they will return that investment a hundred fold!” Please join us in praying for these new Project Transformation Chapters over the next year as they lay the groundwork for fruitful ministry to take place.