an ecumenical ministry formed to strengthen and revitalize existing churches, and reimagine and support new expressions of church.

The Center for Church Innovation partners with congregations and their networks to innovate their capacity to thrive.


We do this with the expectation that the Spirit is already at work. We are simply joining in, listening and engaging in a process of collective discernment. This results in a freedom to try, risk and fail, knowing that innovation comes with iteration.

The Center is embedded within the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California and in partnership with scholars and practitioners from a variety of networks around the world.

Our work spans the areas of Research, Collective Discernment, New Worshiping Communities and Experiential Education. Learn More…

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Through our work we engage with various practitioners and academics to bring together inspiring resources and encouraging stories.

Take a look at some of our recent conversations as part of our podcast as well as some short articles around the work of Collective Discernment.

[New Podcast Episode] God is Not Elsewhere: A Conversation with the Revs. Phil Brochard and Alissa Newton

In our seventh episode, we welcome two guests for the first time, co-authors of the...
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[New Podcast Episode] Laughter, Tears, and Transformation: A Conversation with the Rev. Molly Baskette

Before moving to the Bay Area to lead First Church Berkeley, which she lovingly describes...
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Online Sessions: Introduction to V+T for Next Cohort [Nov. 17, Dec. 6]

Learn more about the Vital+Thriving program and how your congregation can get involved in the...
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