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Office of Church Engagement

Mission Statement

The Office of Church Engagement (OCE) partners with churches and other Christian ministries as they discern how to be the church and do ministry in the western region of the United States and around the world. Church engagement functions as a resource for vision-casting, planning and developing new forms of ministry capable of effectively engaging our rapidly changing culture.

Read the Third Way blog here and listen to the Where We Belong podcast on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

If you want to be the first to know about upcoming events and opportunities to get involved in our programs, join our newsletter list for a monthly round-up of everything going on in the OCE.


Upcoming Events

March 25 | 7 p.m. | Parenting & Faith Webinar with Jerry Sittser - Join us online for a discussion of God as parent and how this reality has shaped Jerry's experience as a parent. Find more information here>>>

April 20 | 10 a.m. | Parenting Workshop with Kayla Craig - Join the Formed in Faith program for a workshop designed to help families explore the sacredness of everyday life. Find more information here>>>

June 24-27 | Preacher Retreat - Join the Compelling Preaching program team, led by Director of Church Engagement Mindy Smith, for a special time of spiritual refreshment and development of your preaching craft. Find more information here>>>

Downloadable Resources for Churches

The following links will take you to an online form. Simply fill out the form and your PDF resources will be sent to your inbox.

  • Church Self-Study Guide & Worksheet
    This guide, developed in partnership with a sociologist and church vitality expert, will walk your church through a self-study process to better understand your church's mission, identity and story.
  • Pastor's Field Guide to the City
    This guide, developed in partnership with a pastor/church planter and city planner, will walk your church through a neighborhood mapping exercise and provide resources to better understand your church's physical place.