“I found this workshop to be rewarding and helpful. I appreciated the asynchronous format and all the feedback I received. The collaborative aspect has been a glimpse at the many and diverse ways we are embracing hope. 
It was great to read others’ ideas. The snapshots of emerging spirit projects were life-giving in their portrayal of so many innovative ministries. This was like getting a backstage pass to deeper conversations in the concept and development stage.

Rev. Sharon Ballantyne
Fairview United Church (Peterborough)

“This has been revolutionary for me. The process itself has been grounding, hopeful and energizing. I don't know why I'm surprised, but I guess I didn't really understand what I was getting into!
I've already approached some of the stakeholders in my church, so that we can hit the ground running.

Rev. Wanda Stride
Trinity-St. Andrew's United Church (Brighton)

“I am so grateful for the opportunity to participate in the Theory of Change webinar and related coaching. This process has been helpful in our visioning and articulation of mission and goals. QC Family Tree will be using the Theory of Change, logic model and evaluation frameworks to engage stakeholders, manage and vision with staff, and narrate our work for funding.”

Rev. Helms Jarrell

SouthPark Christian Church (Charlotte, NC); QC Family Tree

Thank you. It's like a light bulb has been turned on. With this tool, I see what we have to do to accomplish our mission.

Rev. Barbara J. Cairns

West River United Church (Cornwall)

“Last week, I invited our entire visioning group to brainstorm about our Theory of Change. It was a LONG evening because I had to teach it first. But because of the work I did in this workshop, we had a big breakthrough. I suppose that is the purpose of the workshop, to take our work and fine-tune it.”

Rev. Candice Bist

Shelburne & Primrose United Churches

“Thank you so much for your insight and advice; the workshop and coaching have inspired me to take it to the next level. I’ve found ways to really make the most of our resources and team efforts in achieving our mission and objectives.”

Judy Coffin
ORA Loss & Living (Montreal)

“I learned an important lesson in this workshop… that I must have everyone agree to the same crystal clear, well-articulated goal. Of course, there is much, much more.”

Rev. Rose Ann Vita
Emmanuel United Church (Brampton)

“Thank you for an entirely new experience. It was highly challenging but educational and rewarding at the same time.
The work you are doing at EDGE is critical to the survival of the United Church of Canada (along with most mainline churches). The church passively sat back for far too long without adequate efforts to be innovative and stay relevant. Thank goodness for some hope from this sort of approach.”

P.S. By way of one more piece of feedback: Having completed the workshop, almost every time I have a church-related conversation (or any change-related conversation) I can't help but look at it through the lens of the Theory of Change framework. It's almost magic!

Dr. Ron Crago
Humber Valley United Church (Toronto)

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