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Buffalo Seminary

May 21, 2018 @ 10:00 am - May 22, 2018 @ 3:00 pm

Transformation should be a goal for every congregation since it is largely what scripture teaches.  Vital churches are constantly reinventing themselves and seeking new ways to transform lives, and communities.  While “transformation” is a popular word these days in congregations, few people have really focused on what it means or how to measure it.  Hope Partnership and the Disciples Church Extension Fund are thrilled to be working in collaboration with Bethany College under the Buffalo Seminary to provide 2 one day courses on the theme of transformation.

Hope Partnership has worked with more than 1,000 congregations in 6 denominations in the US and Canada in transformational services and leader development.  It has also provided training and coaching for more than 1200 church planters.

Hope courses are highly interactive, and require movement, conversation, and creativity.  The day will go by quickly, and you will learn a lot in a short period of time.  Be prepared to have your thinking challenged.


Monday, May 21, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. & Tuesday, May 22, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Phillips Hall, Bethany College

Speakers: Rev. Dr. Rick Morse and Belinda King, MBA



There are many forms of leadership that people use in our churches.  Transformational leadership however is very different from the forms most leaders practice or were taught.  Transformational leaders approach issues differently, inspire people to work together, and creatively change systems to meet the needs of a new era.

Churches cannot transform, if leadership is not transformed.  One of the largest impediments to transforming churches happens because leaders are applying the wrong methods, and asking questions that can lead to conflict or apathy that holds churches hostage.  By engaging new practices, leaders can transform their congregations into vital faith communities.



The spiritual practices of people today are shifting quickly and significantly.  Research shows that 83% of all mainline churches are declining, and that 50% are declining at very fast rates.  Churches that adapt to this new era of ministry will be able to serve well into the future.  Unfortunately, churches are designed to say no…making adaptive change for congregations difficult for leaders that are unprepared.

This course will help participants understand the transformational process using secular organizational change theory and Biblical paradigms.  Participants will leave with concrete ideas about how to work with their church or other organizations.

Register for Buffalo Seminary

    The cost of each session is $35. Please select your payment type. After registering, you will be contacted by the Office of Church Relations.


May 21, 2018 @ 10:00 am
May 22, 2018 @ 3:00 pm