Next cohort begins early 2023

Faithful Innovation Learning Community for Judicatories

Join a community of ministry peers and learn to foster a culture of experimentation and transformation in your judicatory.
In-Person Retreats
Pre-Launch Coaching Sessions
1 Year
Coaching Membership

If you're a leader in a judicatory system who...

  • Recognizes that your communities are rapidly changing;
  • Wants clear next steps for helping congregations faithfully respond in new and different ways; and
  • Needs to do it without adding to an already-packed schedule…

The Faithful Innovation Learning Community for Judicatory Leaders is for you.

The challenges facing the church are big and nebulous and it’s really easy to feel overwhelmed or cynical. But this process has given us a basis for hope—even if we don’t know all the answers.

-Pastor Brandy G., past participant

Since 2018, we've trained over 50 judicatory leaders to help congregations of all sizes in their systems become vital Christian communities.

So What Will You Learn in this Faithful Innovation Learning Community for Judicatories?

  • A concrete way to navigate our new reality that is rooted in Biblical practices and leading-edge innovation tools.
  • How to engage accessible practices and habits that any leader or congregation can learn to lead change.
  • Ways to adapt and experiment in order to re-introduce the treasures of the Christian tradition to contemporary people in a changing world.
  • A practice for identifying sources of hope and life-giving energy within your community and context.
  • A proven step-by-step process for trying new things in a way that is actionable and holy, while equipping congregations to do the same.
  • How to help congregations make deeper connections with God, each other, and their neighbors.
  • A compelling recruiting plan you can use to engage congregations throughout your judicatory system.

Most importantly, you’ll gain the confidence and concrete tools you need to know what to do and how to do it as you help the congregations in your judicatory system re-discover the hope of a vital faith in Jesus.

How Does It Work?

You’ll start with two in-person trainings that walk you step-by-step through our faithful innovation curriculum and equip you to introduce it in your judicatory. Then you move into an implementation phase, where you get one-on-one and group coaching for feedback and on-the-ground guidance.

Training 1: The Faithful Innovation Process

Learn the three-step faithful innovation process (Listen, Act, Share) so that you can engage Christian practices and leading-edge innovation theory to help congregations discover what God might already be up to in their communities and discern a faithful path forward.

Training 2: How to Introduce Faithful Innovation to Your Congregations

This “train the trainer” retreat will equip you with everything you need to know in order to recruit and teach congregations in your judicatory system to practice faithful innovation—including videos, handouts, resources, and a compelling process for recruiting congregations that are ready to discover a new way forward.

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Ongoing Access to Coaching and Support

After completing the two trainings, you’ll have twelve months of full access to our ongoing support program — including:

  • Two one-on-one coaching calls with your cohort leaders to help you implement everything you learn
  • A private digital community with your cohort and other alumni so that you can stay in touch and bounce ideas off of each other
  • Regular office hours with our experienced leader-coaches
  • Instant access to the most up-to-date faithful innovation resources that get developed for as long as you’re in the program

Enroll Now

This process transforms Christian communities—and it will be open again soon for enrollment for the July 2022 cohort.
  • Single payment $10,000
  • Multiple payments $2500 per quarter

The Faithful Innovation Process

Get to know the transformative practices that will cultivate a spirit of faithful innovation.

1 Listen
2 Act
3 Share

Trace God's Movement in Our Neighborhoods and Lives

Respond faithfully to your changing community by learning how to listen better to God, one another, and your neighbors.

Here, you'll learn simple and accessible Christian practices for learning what God is doing in the life of local congregations and discerning where God is already at work in your everyday life.

The goal for these practices is to help you begin to answer the question, "What might God be up to?"


Learn by Doing: Using Experiments to Discover God's Leading

Nothing is scarier than investing resources of time, energy, people, and money to try new things only to discover that they have failed. And so, we often simply decide not to try new things.

Fortunately, there's a better way. 

The faithful innovation process teaches you how to design experiments you can introduce with minimal investment and risk—but that produce plenty of learning.

You'll be confident and excited about trying something new again.


Reflect Intentionally on Our Actions

We all know that transformation doesn't take place overnight. But neither does it have to be so slow as to be barely noticeable.

You can accelerate the transformation process by reflecting intentionally on the experiments you introduce, and making adjustments that move the needle.

Frequently Asked Questions

Any size congregation will succeed in engaging in the faithful innovation framework and process. We have had small, medium, and large sized congregations engage in this work without a designated clergy person leading the congregation.
The cost for this train-the-trainer program is $10,000 per judicatory, which includes two in-person workshops (meals and training are covered for up to four participants), two prepare-to-launch coaching calls, the training material and resources, and an additional 12-month faithful innovation coaching membership, including monthly group coaching with a cohort of diverse judicatories engaged in this work from around the country.
Select up to four leaders from your judicatory to participate in the cohort. This can be a combination of judicatory executive, judicatory staff, local clergy and/or lay leaders.
You will be given access to all the videos, handouts, resources you need and have the ability to contextualize them and brand them for your system.
After completing the training and workshop portion of the process, you will have 2 group coaching sessions designed to help you launch the faithful innovation process in your judicatory. Then, you will have access for 12-months to the Alumni Coaching Cohort with other peers that has monthly coaching sessions facilitated by a coach.
Every system is unique. It is a customizable process that equips and empowers you to faithfully discern what God might be calling you to next with any challenge that you face. It includes a proven and tested set of practices that have been used in dozens of systems and hundreds of congregations with success.

Meet the Instructor

Want to Talk Before You Decide?

Schedule a call with Alicia Granholm, Director of Communities and Consulting at Faith+Lead, to explore how this learning community might benefit you.

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