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 forms dynamic learning partnerships with those who bring gifts and concerns for the transformation of the church into a missional way.

The mission of the Center is to discover how the church in general and the local church in particular can learn to discern and participate in God’s mission more faithfully and effectively, and to provide counsel and resources to facilitate that transformational process.


We are identifying a renewal and appreciation for the particular spirituality of the Center. Our goal in writing this statement is to express our testimony to how we are connected with and being shaped by God’s active presence in the world, in the church, and among Christians personally.  The work of the Holy Spirit affects and shapes who we are, what we do, and how we do it as the Center for Parish Development. Read more…

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

Governance – 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.