PneuMatrix (PMX) and the Center for Healthy Churches (CHC) announced a strategic partnership in 2023, addressing the profound challenges American Christian congregations face in an era of rapid change.
As the landscape of Christianity undergoes a significant transformation every few centuries, this collaboration seeks to provide innovative solutions for congregations navigating the evolving dynamics of church life.
Having informally collaborated for several years on various initiatives, PneuMatrix, based on the West Coast with ties to Presbyterian life, and the Center for Healthy Churches, with offices on both the East Coast and in Texas and affiliations with Baptist life, recognize the diminishing impact of denominational ties on congregational life. Additionally, technological advancements have eliminated geographical barriers, making consultation and discernment more accessible. In response to these shifts, both organizations envision the necessity of a robust, trans-denominational approach to better serve congregations.
The partnership between PneuMatrix and the Center for Healthy Churches began during the early stages of the COVID pandemic with the creation of the Changing Church Webinar. This weekly conversation, featuring an ecumenical group of thought leaders, has provided valuable insights and support to congregations. With over 200 guest panelists from 21 denominations and an audience of more than 2,000 individuals representing nearly 1,400 congregations, the webinar has become a vital resource for navigating the challenges of the evolving landscape of church life.
Formalizing their collaboration, the two organizations are launching a joint consulting ministry under the banner of TheChangingChurch.org. This partnership aims to offer diverse services to congregations across the trans-denominational spectrum. The joint bench of services includes coaching during pastoral transitions, minister search assistance, congregational transformation, conflict prevention/response, and staff “right-sizing” for individual congregations or larger denominational judicatories. Emphasizing “Traditioned Innovation” as advocated by L. Gregory Jones, the partnership encourages churches to align their unique DNA with emerging forms of missional leadership.
While PneuMatrix and the Center for Healthy Churches will continue to operate independently, their collaboration provides a shared pool of consultants available to serve congregations through either organization. This approach allows churches and pastors to access comprehensive services tailored to their specific needs. The shared content and consulting services can be accessed through the joint website.