Our mission is to engage young adults in purposeful leadership and ministry, support underserved children and families, and connect churches to communities in need.
The Three ‘C’s
If you’re new to Project Transformation, the easiest way to understand how we live out our mission is remembering the three C’s: Children, College students, and Churches. Since our founding in 1998, this ministry has been addressing three unique challenges with one program: 1) how to meet the academic, physical, and spiritual needs of children from low-income communities, 2) how to provide meaningful ways for college students to explore ministry opportunities and develop as young adult leaders for the church and the world, and 3) how to help revitalize struggling urban churches.
Project Transformation uses a collaborative model of ministry that successfully addresses all three of these challenges. We do this by harnessing the creative energy and ideas of 100 college age young adults each year, who live in intentional community, and plan and implement free summer day camps and after-school programs for approximately 1,000 children and youth in various underserved neighborhoods. In addition to learning first-hand about the uphill battle facing children and families in low-income neighborhoods, the interns spend time each week meeting with church and nonprofit leaders, discerning a vocational call to service and ministry. The programs are held at United Methodist churches located in the heart of low-income neighborhoods, thereby helping those churches connect in meaningful ways with their communities. Dozens of other churches and organizations throughout Dallas partner together to support this work, including financially sponsoring interns, bringing meals to interns, and sending volunteers to the site churches to read one-on-one with the children.
Children – College students – Churches. This is a win-win-win formula, but relationships are at the heart of everything we do. It is through relationships that lives are transformed.