Luke 4 Initiative

"The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." Luke 4:18-19

For individuals/teams that completed the January 2017 Training, click on the links below to register for additional coaching

Training in Collaborative Leadership for Individuals and Teams

The Luke 4 Initiative provides opportunities for group training and coaching
– offered to teams AND individuals.

Develop your personal leadership skills

Discover how to craft a compelling story that links your passion with the needs of your community

Learn how to build effective teams that lead their churches and communities to transformation



To inspire and equip church leaders to partner and engage with their communities for transformation; and to create a Conference-wide movement for prayerful and prophetic action. Uses the Marshall Ganz model of community organizing adapted for use in the local church by the Leadership Development Initiative in conjunction with the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.




For Teams:

Church based teams will develop leadership skills through spiritual practice, learning and local action. Teams will connect and partner with community resources to work towards transformational change in their communities.


For Individuals:

Church leaders, committee chairs, or individuals seeking to start a new mission or ministry will sharpen their leadership skills through learning to craft a narrative that inspires others to join their efforts, and developing practices in building strong teams that achieve their purpose.



Discover 5 key practices to build powerful and effective teams – and learn how effective teams can move your church from surviving to THRIVING as you engage with your community. This training is open to individuals (clergy or laity), or teams who have already formed around a common vision and call to action in their local context.

Upcoming Trainings

When you look at the world today, what breaks your heart? This workshop will teach you how to share your passion through the power of personal and public narrative. Story-telling is both a spiritual and relational art. Learning to craft your story in a way that connects your heart with the hearts of others inspires community transformation and healing. This workshop also includes training on relationship-building through the proven organizing practice of 1-to-1 meetings. Learn how, when, and with whom to share your story in effective and inspiring ways.

Luke 4 Initiative Workshop - Collaborative Leadership

May 31 | 9:30-5:00pm

NTC Ministry Center

Additional Coaching

Beyond our group training sessions, we will offer additional coaching calls with one of our L4i coaches for individuals or teams who want to continue to sharpen their leadership skills, or help their team grow and dive deeper into the work they are called to do. (Coaching fees apply.)

Coaching Information

Register for Leader/Team-Builder “a la carte” Coaching

Register for Coaching Packages

What NTC Clergy are saying about Luke 4 Initiative

“Perhaps the most critical component of the training for my ministry at CitySquare and my pastoral leadership at Church at the Square has been the Story of Self training. Not only has this helped me condense and effectively communicate mission and purpose, but it is the model by which we are training our congregants at CATS to tell their story. The L4I model is helping our neighbors learn how to clearly tell their stories, and in doing so will change our culture in Dallas. We are working hard on ending homelessness and we must have the homeless tell their story and share their wisdom to do so. L4I has given me the tools to help teach my congregants how to be prophetic.” - Rev. Jonathan Grace, Pastor, Church on the Square at CitySquare

“The Luke 4 Team helped the laity to bring their ideas together. The issue that broke their heart was low performing schools in the neighborhood of the church. We have decided that the Luke 4 work will continue as our focus for 2016-17. One other important item I want to mention is that we have had three children and two adults join our church as a result of the Luke 4 team’s work. We are thankful.” – Rev. Dianna Masters, Senior Pastor, Warren UMC and Metro District Urban Strategist



“The L4I team members all have grown exponentially this past year in how they focus ministry around what God is doing and not what we think we should be doing. This team has learned much about being in ministry with and not to our community. The best news of all is that we have people from all races, ages, incomes, social status, and orientation coming together to be a people bonding through love.” – Rev. Carol Sparks, Senior Pastor, Holy Covenant UMC



“L4 has given our church a concrete objective with our closest public school. We have seen great buy in from our members and it is beginning to flourish into real relationships. We have seen the congregation become more aware of wage inequality in regards to teachers, the difficulty situation DISD finds itself, and we are taking serious the mission to make a real difference among a community of folks that don't know what about our church.” – Rev. Mitchell Boone, Senior Pastor, White Rock UMC



“There is a growing sense that the members of this congregation have their own calls and ministries, and the Luke 4 practices give them the tools to follow through on their own call. L4I is one the most positively astounding congregational equipping tools I have

had the privilege to learn of in my ministry.” – Rev. Valarie Englert, Senior Pastor, First UMC Garland


Click the link below to download and print our flyer and our theory of change! 

2016-2017 Luke 4 Flyer

Our Theory of Change



For more information contact Rev. Becky Hensley.