Transformational Ministry

First, I thank God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed throughout the world. For God, whom I serve with my spirit by announcing the Gospel of his Son, is my witness that without ceasing I remember you always in my prayers, asking that by God’s will I may somehow at last succeed in coming to you. For I am longing to see you so that I may share with you some spiritual gift to strengthen you – or rather so that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. — Romans 1:8-12

What is the Goal of Transformational Ministry?

The goal of Transformational Ministry is to support and encourage the vitality and growth God desires for every faith community.

Which Congregations are Appropriate for Transformational Ministry?

  • Those with a willingness to learn more about the mission God has for them.
  • Those who have experienced a sense of stagnation or declining membership.
  • Those with a healthy ministry, but who want to renew their vision and sense of mission.
  • Those willing to engage in a process of honest self-evaluation and accountability.
  • Those desiring to grow their congregations as they embrace new ministries and reach out to their communities.

Benefits of Transformational Ministry

Congregations will receive three training modules, based on ELCA models being used in multiple synods around the country, in addition to…

  • Assigned a trained congregational coach experienced in helping congregations revitalize.
  • Engaged in a process to explore and utilize your gifts for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom and mission.
  • The process will develop individual and corporate spiritual growth.
  • Receive access to an online database of growth in faith, congregational assessment and visioning tools.
  • Gather with other congregations also seeking transformation for networking and encouragement.
  • Access to synod resource specialists in areas of worship, finance, property, etc.
  • The knowledge that you are engaging in a significant and intentional process to revitalize your congregation.

Commitment from a Congregation in the Transformational Ministry Process Include:

  • Gather a congregational team including clergy and lay-people appropriate for your congregation.
  • Attend the module training sessions with this team. (These modules have a minimal cost for space and food.)
  • Meet regularly -monthly is recommended- with the congregational coach during this process.
  • Negotiate an appropriate remuneration for the congregational coach’s time.
  • A willingness to be open, honest and accountable to allow God to mold and grow you and your congregation.
  • Provide materials to help the coach get to know the congregation including bulletins, newsletters, etc.
  • It is suggested that a congregation engage in a process of self evaluation with tools provided by the Transformational Ministry Team.
  • A commitment from the congregational team members to be in prayer, worship and scripture study to let Jesus Christ speak to them and mold them!

More information

To see if the Transformational Ministry Process is right for your congregation, to request an introductory presentation for your leaders or for more information please contact:

Rev. Dan Bodine at bodinepd@verizon.net, phone 610-998-0282; or

Rev. Patricia Davenport at pdavenport@sepa.org; Phone: 267-323-3752

Upcoming Events

  1. Helping Hands Day

    April 26
  2. 2014 Synod Assembly

    May 2 @ 8:00 am - May 3 @ 4:00 pm
  3. SEPA Synod Staff Meeting

    May 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  4. Communicators Network Gathering

    May 17 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  5. SEPA Synod Council Meeting

    June 5 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm