Faithful Innovation Online Community

September 14, 2020–March 15, 2021

Join a Dedicated Cohort of Christian Leaders Who Want to Be More Effective in Ministry While Living a More Joyful and Faith-Focused Life

Through a dynamic online learning community of ecumenical congergations, you and your congregation will engage ancient spiritual practices and leading-edge innovation theory as you discover ways to join God in forming Christian faith in community.

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The world is changing—and not just because of the emotional, physical, and financial strain caused by COVID-19 and the social unrest resulting from the persistent sin of racism.

The truth is, we're in the midst of a dramatic cultural shift—and we have been for some time.

And you know as well as anyone: it's having a significant impact on the church.

Formerly strong congregations are left with rows of empty pews, low morale, and a feeling of stagnation.

Many Christian leaders who were once filled with joy and a sense of excitement in ministry are suffering through an overwhelming sense of ineffectiveness.

If this sounds familiar, it's very important for you to know that it's not your fault.

You didn't cause these seismic changes, nor can you stop them.

We can't go back to church as it was...

But we can discover the faithful future into which God is calling us.

That's what the Faithful Innovation Online Community is all about.

Listen, Act, Share

In the Faithful Innovation Online Community, you'll engage three simple but powerful practices that will help you discern God's leadership and change the culture of your congregation: listen, act, share.

What You'll Learn


Here's just some of what you can expect to learn over these nine transformative months.

  • Develop a deeper understanding of where God is leading your congregation.

  • Organize and implement a discernment-based mission plan.

  • Explore how to communicate the gospel in an increasingly secular context.

  • Identify and experience what it means to be the church in a new way.

  • Convey a clear vision of ministry so that your members can better share the good news with their neighbors.

  • Equip your congregation to make deeper connections with God, each other, and your neighbors.

The Process


Participants commit to a nine-month engagement in the learning community.

Tracing God’s Movement in Our Lives and Neighborhoods

Learn by Doing: Using Action Learning to Discover God’s Leading

Sharing Our Learning: Intentional Reflections on Our Actions

  • Recruit a Guiding Team

    Before we begin, you’ll be equipped to recruit a “guiding team” of motivated members from your congregation, who will join you in the core training.

  • Participate in Online Training Modules

    With your guiding team in place, you’ll engage in online learning that teaches you how to engage the “listen, act, share” practices. These sessions begin September 14, 2020.

  • Monthly Coaching Calls

    Monthly, join meetings with the expert learning community facilitators who will answer your questions and give you specific feedback. (Can’t make it? Don’t worry! They’ll be recorded and made available on-demand)

  • Access Faithful Innovation Tools and Resources

    Even after the initial nine months is over, you’ll have ongoing access to everything you need to continue developing your congregation’s faithful innovation skills.

  • Rely on Community, Support, and Accountability

    You and your guiding team will have access to an online community where you can connect regularly, share what’s working (and what isn’t!), and celebrate together.

What Are Past Participants Saying?

While this is the first time this training has been offered exclusively online, it has been shared with past participants who have expressed transformative results. Here's just some of what they've experienced.

Clergy Experience:
Rev. Jane Johnson

Lay Leader Experience:
Charles Abraham

2018-19 Cohort Testimonials

Join the Community

  • Entire Faithful Innovation Curriculum

  • Monthly Coaching Calls

  • Community, Support, and Accountability

  • Tools and Resources You Can Use for as Long as You Need Them

Meet the Program Leader


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Alicia granholm, DSL

Alicia is passionate about equipping and empowering leaders. For nearly two decades, she has trained and equipped over one thousand leaders to engage their local communities by contextualizing the Gospel and its application. Alicia compassionately crosses cultural boundaries having lived, served, traveled, and studied in 25 countries on six continents. For more than 10 years, she has served as a pastor in both growing mainline and non-denominational churches in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. She has also held advisory and leadership roles in both state government and non-profit organizations. Alicia has her Doctor of Strategic Leadership with a focus on Global Consulting from Regent University (Virginia Beach, VA), a Master of Divinity from Bethel Seminary (St. Paul, MN), and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN).

Important Dates

Recruit your team

Now-September 14, 2020

Guiding teams start

September 14, 2020

END date

March 15, 2021

Tracing God’s Movement in Our Lives and Neighborhoods

Learn by Doing: Using Action Learning to Discover God’s Leading

Sharing Our Learning: Intentional Reflections on Our Actions