We covenant with a movement of mission-empowering churches that envisions: Every pastor growing, Every church healthy, and Every community transformed for Christ. With roots that go back to 1869, Transformation Ministries is dedicated to building a strong association of churches committed to Biblical authority, and who join together as partners to accomplish God’s mission-objective of transforming unbelievers through personal encounter with Jesus Christ. Click here to view the TM website.
Currently numbering close to 200 churches and in 13 states and Mexico, TM’s covenanting churches are located mostly in Southern California, Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Nevada, and Utah which include Asian-American (Chinese, Vietnamese, Kachin, Indonesian), African-American, Euro-American, Hispanic-American, Native-American, and Multi-racial congregations.
TM is a member of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) founded in 1942. The NAE extends the Kingdom of God through a fellowship of member denominations, churches, organizations and individuals, demonstrating the unity of the body of Christ by standing for biblical truth, speaking with representative voice, and serving the evangelical community through united action, cooperative ministry and strategic planning.
TM is a member of Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) which is committed to helping Christ-centered organizations earn the public’s trust through developing and maintaining standards of accountability that convey God-honoring ethical principles.TM is led by a staff of 5 Ministerial, 4 Administrative, 5 Church Ministry Coaches, 4 Camp Executive staff, and partners with Missionwell for accounting, auditing and financial oversight. TM’s CFO and Mission Lead is Rev. Dr. William C. Nolte. TM is governed by a board of 20, including an ordination standards committee of 15, and a camp advisory board of 10. They also have 17 Pastor Mentor Groups, and 19 new church plants begin in the past few years. They maintain three camps: San Marcos and Thousand Pines in CA and Tonto Rim in Arizona. Our senior pastor, Bruce Schipul, served with TM for ten years as Church Resource Minister and, for seven years as our pastor, also served as part-time Church Coach, Liaison to Arizona Indian Ministries, and leader of a Pastor Mentor Group in Arizona.
Transformation Ministries goals (2015-2020) TM is trusting God for 85 new TM churches – that’s growing by 50%. Of those 85, 50 will be new churches planted, and 35 will be existing churches who have been invited to join our mission. TM will grow toward one of its original visions to become a National Movement of God-Dependent Churches on Mission Together by establishing 4 to 6 strategic ministry centers (HUBS) outside our traditional Southern California center.