APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN TO FORM A COHORT!

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.

GET INVOLVED WITH PREACHING FOR CHANGE

Form a Cohort

Applications are now open for self-created cohorts exploring the ways worship moves the needle toward change and transformation. Applications are due January 7, 2024.

Form a Cohort

Applications are now closed for self-created cohorts. Stay tuned for information about applying for the next round of cohorts beginning Fall 2024.

Attend a Workshop

Several workshops are available in 2024, related to the Preaching for Change Initiative, which will be open to any church leader. Register for one or all of them!

Read the Press Release

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

INITIATIVE NEWS AND UPDATES

Preaching for Change – Cohort Application Open!

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Announcing our New Preaching for Change Coordinator!

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What’s Next for NEXT Church

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CONTACT US

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.