Design Incubator

Start Doing Ministry with Young People

The Design Incubator is an eight-week ministry innovation intensive that guides congregations through a process of ideation and prototyping. In this accelerated program, the Institute for Youth Ministry helps churches innovate quickly and connect deeply with their community.

The Design Incubator includes:

  • Personalized coaching from ministry practitioners tailored to the unique experience of your context.
  • Resources and tools at the intersection of theological reflection and human-centered design thinking.
  • Hands-on workshops informed by ethnographic research designed to advance the church’s understanding of ministry in the 21st Century.
  • Inspiration, accountability, and knowledge-sharing alongside a small cohort of ministry innovators.
  • Digital gatherings that foster lasting relationships with innovative communities all over the country.

Are you interested in being a part of a Design Incubator cohort?

What our innovation coaches have to say:

For our pilot cohort of the Design Incubator program, we have partnered with Ministry Incubators to cultivate innovative ministries in Trenton, New Jersey. A cohort of four churches are listening deeply to the needs and hopes of the young adults in Trenton and co-designing missional projects alongside those same young adults. We are building bridges between the missional identity of local congregations and the young adults they seek to disciple. This program is funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. and launched in partnership with the Zoe Project at Princeton Theological Seminary.

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