The Transforming Center

The Transforming Center, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is headquartered Wheaton Illinois.

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Not an organization...a community gathered around the transforming presence of Christ

The first thing you need to know about us is that we do not see ourselves as an organization. We are a community of Christian men and women who gather around the presence of Christ for the purpose of spiritual transformation so that we can discern and do the will of God.

The Transforming Center desires to see churches and Christian organizations become communities of authentic spiritual transformation– and that begins with transforming leaders. Thus we seek to strengthen the souls of pastors and leaders, equipping them to guide their churches and organizations to become spiritually transforming communities that discern and do the will of God in their settings.

How is it with your soul?

Jesus indicates that it is possible to gain the whole world but lose your own soul (Mat 16:26). If he were talking to us as Christian leader today, he might point out that it is possible to gain the whole world of ministry success and lose our own souls in the midst of it all.

The heart of our ministry is the two-year Transforming Community® experience designed to provide you as a pastor or Christian leader with a safe place to be honest about the challenges of spiritual leadership, to experience rhythms of solitude, prayer and community, and to deepen your understanding of leadership that flows from your transforming self.

Continue exploring the ministry of the Transforming Center:

• Strengthen your leaders through Transforming Center leadership retreats and events
• Schedule a spiritual formation retreat and/or events for your congregation or community
Discover the Transforming Church™ network
• Find education and support through Transforming Resources