Church Planting and Leadership Development / Transform 216

Above is the story of one of the church plants BHITC supports – Crossroads Church in Brook Park. Watch to see the beautiful things God is doing through this new church and read below to learn more.

BHITC cultivates new and expanded approaches to urban ministry by developing emerging and indigenous faith leaders in the following ways:

  • Convening collaborations across congregations focused on mission advancement.
  • Supporting the incubation and start-up of new urban congregations and ministries.
  • Providing training and mentoring processes for future pastors and ministry catalysts through the Transform216 initiative.
  • Hosting public training sessions in church and ministry leadership.

In 2016, BHITC launched a series called MissionSmith, which is an extension of its Transform216 initiative.  MissionSmith sessions are a series of free, half-day gatherings designed to forge the thinking and practice of metropolitan church and ministry leaders for greater effectiveness and innovation in mission, church planting and Kingdom advancement.

Click here to see a list of upcoming MissionSmith dates.

BHITC currently supports the following church plants with its resources:

    • City Church — Blossoming now in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood. Learn more here.
    • Cove City Church – A fresh expression of faith in University Circle.  Learn more here.
    • Crossroads Lutheran Church – A new congregation forming in Brook Park.  Learn more here.
    • Renew Church Cleveland — An emerging and dynamic faith community in Cleveland’s West Park neighborhood. Learn more here.
    • Table Communities – Lakewood/Rocky River/Cleveland – A west side gathering of believers who meet in Rocky River.  Learn more here and here.