The Center for Parish Development is an ecumenical not-for-profit organization, a mission agency with a deep commitment to the practical workings out of a missional ecclesiology for the life of the church today.

The Center was founded in 1968 by an ecumenical coalition of denominational mission boards, theological education institutions, and regional church bodies.

The Center is governed by an ecumenical board of directors. Board members themselves–both clergy and lay– are persons committed to the vision of the missional church and are persons of demonstrated wisdom and insight. The current board chairpersons are Rev. Jill Fenske and Rev. Charlotte Hoppe.