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We transform and equip people to navigate a changing world and guide a changing church.
The Damascus Project equips lay and staff leaders, spiritual seekers, members in discernment, and clergy to navigate a changing world and a changing church. Inspired by the story of Paul’s transformation on the road to Damascus, we are offer fresh ways to prepare God’s people for faithful living and for ministries of healing, justice and transformation.
What makes The Damascus Project different?
We serve a wide range of spiritual leaders and seekers.
We are responding to a changing world.
Mainline Protestant Christian churches and the Christian faith itself are undergoing significant transformation, at a pace that is rapid and often confusing. The Damascus Project is responding by providing faith and leadership growth opportunities grounded in the Christian faith and responsive to current-day realities.
We are responding to a changing church.
The Damascus Project is also a response to a decline in the number of congregations and church members. More and more local congregations, especially those in rural areas, cannot afford seminary-trained, ordained clergy, yet these communities deserve high-quality leadership. We believe that we will find that leadership in everyday people of faith stepping into pastoral roles, in clergy who have one foot in ministry and one foot in another field, and in individuals who pursue a non-traditional path to authorized ministry. We seek to provide the resources and training they deserve to be the leaders God is calling them to be.
The Damascus Project is not a seminary or accredited educational institution. We do not grant degrees. However, our learning opportunities are theologically sound, academically rich, and spiritually engaging. To the extent that they are rooted in the UCC’s Marks for Faithful and Effective Authorized Ministers, they may also serve as a resource along a person’s journey toward ministry authorization (licensure or ordination). Granting of ministerial authorization is not the role or purview of The Damascus Project. Those interested in ministerial authorization must engage with the Committee on Ministry in their conference or association.