Many pastors are facing a liminal moment, wrestling with how to navigate complex theological and cultural terrain and lead the church into a faithful witness of the Gospel in turbulent times.
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Pastors are wrestling with things like:
- When our “normal” way of doing church has been disrupted, what do we do next?
- How can our community honestly reckon with racism and injustice in an antagonistic political environment?
- How do we engage our neighborhoods on mission without jettisoning the church’s unique practices?
At Gravity, we believe the Holy Spirit is fully present and active in you and your community. That means the liminal space where you stand is an opportunity to forge new, faithful practices that you might not choose on your own.
A pair of fresh eyes and ears (that’s us!) can help you reevaluate the long-standing habits and assumptions that aren’t serving you well.
We can help
Gravity Congregational Transformation helps leaders in these liminal spaces by joining with you in your field of ministry to provide custom research that helps reveal hidden contextual challenges, as well as opportunities for mission and spiritual formation. We dig deep into the data of your actual congregational life and the social forces that are impacting the life of your community.
The aim of our process is not merely fixing perceived problems, but rather helping you move toward transformative practices. We help you pay attention to the Spirit’s work at the intersection of congregational life, pastoral work, and cultural trends. Then we get curious with you about what is happening and why.
Based on what we notice together, we help you craft a concrete, corporate practice to join in the Spirit’s transformative work in your community.
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Meet our Director
Rev. Dr. Seth Richardson
As the director of Gravity Congregational Transformation, Seth is the creative architect, shaping the work of GCT to align with the vision of Gravity and adapt to the complex and ever-shifting challenges ministry leaders face.
He also functions as the lead researcher in GCT’s engagements, working directly with local leaders in the design and execution of custom projects.
Seth has studied at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Wheaton Graduate School, and Northern Seminary, where his doctoral research weaves together theological and sociological disciplines. Seth’s heart and vision for GCT is grounded in his passion for all the particulars of local church ministry.
An Anglican priest, he has served in a variety of roles in churches in Chicago and Arkansas for over a decade. Seth is also one of our coaches and a writer for Missio Alliance. Seth lives with his wife and two daughters in Little Rock, Arkansas. Connect with Seth.
What the process looks like:
1. Initial evaluation
We will work with you to craft a “focus question.” The focus question will isolate a specific place of examination in your community and guide the rest of the process.
2. Partnering for research and discovery
Our lead researcher will craft the research process that best fits your context and then partner with you to conduct the research.
The research process is informed by theological and sociological methods of analysis, as well as examination practices of spiritual formation. This looks like qualitative interviews, surveys, and some onsite immersion for the researcher to conduct field work.
3. Discerning next steps
The researcher writes a report, which will open space for a dialogue about what we’ve discovered and then help discern concrete actions to move you toward your preferred future.
Download our FREE Church Diagnostic Tool
To start on the path toward congregational transformation today, download our FREE Church Diagnostic Tool: 4 Questions to Develop Holy Curiosity and Cultivate New Life in Your Congregation.
This resource will help you move beyond surface answers and quick fixes to discern what faithfulness looks like in your context during this season. Fill out the form below to get immediate access:
No easy answers. No quick fixes. No one-size-fits-all solutions.
When you partner with Gravity Congregational Transformation, we listen.
We come alongside you and make space to tend to your stories, to access your community’s imagination, and to be curious together about how the Holy Spirit is leading you into a faithful future.
You’ll walk away with a deeper understanding of your ministry context and a fresh imagination and clear plan for the next faithful step.
You don’t have to settle for the status quo in how you worship, engage your context, and nurture spiritual formation. The Spirit of God is presently working in and through your congregation, opening a way toward faithfulness in God’s Kingdom. Let’s tend to the Spirit’s work together.