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The Riverside Innovation Hub is a 5-year project designed to help congregations innovate new connections with young adults at the intersections of their faith and their public lives. It is a collaborative effort sponsored by Augsburg University’s Christensen Center for Vocation and supported by Lilly Endowment, Inc.


The riverside is a place of transformation. Jacob wrestled with God at the riverside and was blessed. Joshua built a memorial of 12 stones at the riverside to remind the Israelites how God brought them through the Jordan River from the wilderness into the promised land. Jesus came to the riverside to be baptized by John. New life is created at the riverside. The Riverside Innovation Hub is a place of newness and blessing. It is a place to wrestle with God and with our call. It is a place to hear God call us beloved. It is a place to be built up for the work at hand. It is where we explore the new ways we are called into ministry with God’s world. It is at the riverside where we become aware of challenges we face, opportunities that lie ahead, and new ways to move forward.


Innovation is gritty. It is not flashy. Innovation happens when we become aware of and responsive to our vocation God’s call to be a fully engaged neighbor in a certain place and at a certain time with certain people. It emerges from the movement of God’s Spirit, the freedom we receive in Christ, and demands placed upon us by our neighbor. When we are opened to these streams of call and respond out of our gifts and passions and power, our ministry becomes innovative. To become innovative, we must learn to listen deeply to God’s call and our neighbors’ desires.


Transformation and innovation cannot happen alone. We are called into this work together. The Riverside Innovation Hub does not have all the answers but we do have the power to convene faithful people. Together we will learn about our young adults. Together we will learn how to engage, accompany, and empower these young adults. Together we will learn to listen to God’s Spirit. Together we will learn how to become innovative congregations for the sake of our world. Our Hub will be a place to share ideas and resources and a place to find new ideas and resources. This endeavor will happen together as leaders and as institutions.


Key LearningS

We’ve compiled a document that summarizes the first two years of this project as well as invitations and ideas as to how we continue to wonder and learn about what God is up to in our communities.

RIH Learning Report



Innovation Hubs

We are one of 12 innovation hubs around the country in the Lilly Endowment’s Young Adult Initiative.

These hubs are located in 10 states and the District of Columbia with projects at local (several neighborhoods), state (several cities), regional (several states nearby), or national (across the country) scale.



Riverside Innovation Hub  |  2211 Riverside Avenue  |  Minneapolis, MN 55454

612-330-1410  |