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Faithful Innovation at the Intersections

It is no secret that the gap between young adults and Christian congregations is widening. There are many factors to this dynamic reality. Certain characteristics of today’s young adults and their culture make them less inclined to seek out a congregation, or any institution. Certain characteristics of today’s congregations make them less appealing to young adults. We do know young adults are not rejecting faith or religion. We do know many are living out their faith in vibrant ways at innovative intersections such as: faith and political activism, faith and the arts, faith and environmental stewardship, and interfaith engagement. The Riverside Innovation Hub will help congregations become engaged with young adults at these intersections and at others we may discover along the way.


The riverside is a place of transformation. We are made new at the riverside.


Innovation happens as we respond to God’s call and our neighbors’ lives.


We are called into transformation and innovation together, as a community.

Partnering & Innovating with Congregations

In the spring of 2018, faith communities discerning a call into deeper ministry with young adults submitted applications for a learning partnership with the Riverside Innovation Hub. Sixteen unique faith communities from the Twin Cities were invited Track 1 Partnerships which includes a four-year commitment to coaching, innovating, experimenting, and evaluating around the learnings that emerge in their work with young adults. After year-one of participating in intentional listening and learning work with a young adult Innovation Coach, partner faith communities will be invited to submit sub-grants of $25,000-$30,000 to fund ideas for ministry informed by their contextual learning.

Program Information

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Current Partnership Opportunities

We welcome interested faith communities to apply to become a Track 3 Partner. Faith communities in this track are committed to attending learning events at Augsburg throughout the life of the project and taking back insights to their own context. Without an innovation coach or sub-grant funds, Track 3 faith communities benefit from participating in the larger conversations emerging from this project and have the freedom to customize how they utilize the relationships and learnings through RIH in their own communities.

Apply to Track 3 Partnerships

Innovation Coach Asefa M Wakjira visits with Partner Congregations Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Minneapolis and St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Minneapolis

Phase 1

Research & Development

June 2017 - July 2018

Phase 2

Equipping & Discerning

August 2018 - August 2019

Phase 3

Experimentation & Adaptation

September 2019 - August 2021

Phase 4

Evaluation & Dissemination

September 2021 - July 2022

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