Center for

Mission Innovation

Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church

Why Mission? Why Innovation?

The Center for Mission Innovation

Scholar Brene Brown has argued that “Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.” In the church, we often speak of our desire for innovation, creativity, and change, but we’re less interested in acknowledging our own vulnerability, the fact that we don’t have all the answers, and are in need of new insights. The Center for Mission Innovation (CMI) was created in part as a response to this truth, that God is still working and has much to teach us. Missio Dei, the mission of God, invites every person to work for justice, reconciliation, and the transformation of the world in both local and global contexts. CMI is humbly seeking new and innovative approaches to this work, believing that the Spirit is moving to sweep the Church into a new age of mission. We hope you will join us on this journey!

Jürgen Moltmann, Theology of Hope

“From first to last, and not merely in the epilogue, Christianity is eschatology, is hope, forward looking and forward moving, and therefore also revolutionizing and transforming the present.”

Mission Toolkits

Guiding Words for Living


We’re Looking Forward to Seeing You

“The church is a space for rebellious imagination…

Successful strategies to address poverty and exclusion require sustained investments that target not just income and employment…but also attitudes and aspirations. Little can change in a community if it is locked into a mindset that can imagine the future only as the status quo or a black hole. But churches have a narrative that can reawaken and reeducate community hopes.”

-From Cameron Harder’s Discovering the Other:

Asset-Based Approaches for Building Community Together, the book CMI team members are currently reading together