About the Initiative

At NEXT Church, we know there is something powerful when a group of people from various backgrounds, contexts, and lived experiences gather to courageously engage together. The Preaching for Change Initiative stands at the intersection of what we believe and how we engage in the world in order to fully embody the radical call of faith. This five-year Lilly Endowment funded initiative will gather diverse cohorts of preachers and church leaders across the NEXT Church network who are leading congregations toward transformation in their communities, with a particular focus on justice and equity.


Roundtable Conversations

Join the new Coordinator for two conversations happening in July. One conversation is for Pastors and one is for Ruling Elders!

Fall Leadership Coaching Cohort

Join a cohort for teams of pastors and church members drawing from community organizing, systems theory, and adaptive leadership practices to lead for change.

Read the Press Release

NEXT Church announces it has been awarded a grant from the Lilly Endowment to establish a Preaching for Change initiative.

LeAnn Hodges

Coordinator of the Preaching for Change Initiative

LeAnn Hodges (she/her) is a Presbyterian pastor in metro-DC, ICF trained coach, student of family systems theory, and former engineer.  She is the mother of 3, wife and daughter of teachers, sister of a social worker, granddaughter of small town farmers, and a lover of creativity.  She is passionate about helping people live into the fullness of their calling (hello enneagram 2!).  As a former engineer, she embraces a systems approach to leadership.  LeAnn believes the greatest challenge and opportunity for the church today is to engage in the work of dismantling cultures of systemic oppression by proclaiming the gospel of the one who came to decolonize empire.