Gravity Leadership Transformation Fund

We started Gravity in 2015 to help Christians learn how to take love seriously as the center of our life and mission as the people of God. Since then we’ve been coaching and training leaders in a spiritual transformation framework that is both practical and reproducible.

We continue to hear stories of transformation in emotional and spiritual health in the lives of participants in our coaching groups and communities:

“Gravity has provided me with a personal tribe for transformation and thought leadership, a discipleship toolkit to implement in our local church, FINALLY the experience of being personally discipled by someone else, and a new way of being in the world and the church.”

- Bryan Mills, Senior Pastor of Meadow Heights Church (Fredericktown, MO)

“In my advocacy work, I became more settled in knowing that my identity, security and belonging is in Christ and not what other people say or what I do or what I have. my view of God has changed and it has been so life-giving for me!”

- Carol Vanderstoep, retired teacher (Toronto, ON)

“I learned a completely paradigm-shifting way of discipleship and leadership that continues to challenge me everyday. This training actually saved me from completely giving up on ministry altogether. It's the most Jesus-like thing I can remember belonging to. And that is not hyperbole.”

- Derek Miller, Rector at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (Elliot City, MD)

But a LOT has changed over the past few years.

  • A global pandemic wreaked havoc on our ability to gather together, and many people experienced mental health crises that affected their relationships with God and the church.
  • Communities and churches are fracturing under the influence of a resurgent Christian nationalism and unwillingness to face the legacy and lingering effects of racism, colonialism, misogynistic patriarchy, and authoritarian church abuse.
  • Many people, feeling disoriented and betrayed, find themselves questioning and deconstructing the faith they inherited.

Because of these disruptions to “life as usual”, we believe the coaching, consulting, and community we offer is more crucial than ever. But cultural upheavals have affected pastors and churches in significant ways, both emotionally (pastors are quitting ministry in record numbers), and economically (church budgets are shrinking).

Every week we hear from someone who wants the training, but simply can’t afford it. We hear this from faithful pastors of small churches, church planters with limited funding, lonely Christians who are struggling to hold on to faith, and leaders who minister among marginalized communities.

Because of all this, we’ve realized that we need to shift how we sustain our ministry. We can no longer expect that those who most desire and need our training will always be able to afford it, so we are seeking to raise up ministry partners who can help sustain the work of Gravity and allow more people to access our training.

Will you partner with us to provide coaching, consulting, and community to pastors, churches, and Christians who need it?

Our goal for the end of this year is to raise $50,000 to invest in our work in 2023. This funding will allow us to:

  • Offer scholarships for those who want to get into our coaching, making it accessible to more people in a time of vocational and economic instability.
  • Write another book in 2023 (Dwelling in the Heart of Christ: Learning to Love Like Jesus in Grace and Truth) to make our message more accessible to a wider audience.
  • Create more stability at Gravity, so we can think creatively about the future, rather than living under the pressure of needing to fill cohorts to pay the bills.

Help us continue to facilitate experiences of practical, reproducible spiritual transformation. Whether you can give $50 or $5,000, we deeply appreciate your partnership in the ministry of Gravity in 2023.

“The Gravity folks are trustworthy guides for Christ-centered leadership and ministry. They have done a tremendous job in putting together materials that are accessible and that simply work on the personal and church-level. Plus, they are sensitive to local and contextual ministry--while being keen on emphasizing the Jesus-truths applicable to all times and places.”
- Jeff Schuliger, Senior Pastor of Hillside Church (North Vancouver, BC)

“Gravity has given me a different way of thinking about discipleship and being the Church, and through the regular connection with people outside of my normal contexts, I've been able to learn from others with different backgrounds and convictions.”
- Ivy Linger, home educator and art teacher (Omaha, NE)

Funding Goal

$ 50,000.00
Days Left

Project Manager

Ben Sternke

Funding Period

Start Date: 1st January, 2023
End Date: 31st January, 2023

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