Whitworth University Office of Church Engagement

Spokane, WA. (509) 777-3275


This organization within Whitworth University partners with churches and other Christian ministries as they discern how to do ministry in the western region of the United States. They also offer a certificate program, summer ministry internships, and a program for developing new forms of ministry.


certificate program, summer ministry internships, Ekklesia Project for developing new forms of church ministry

Recommended Audience

Clergy and lay leaders


Varies per service

Practical Applications

  • Consider participating in a certificate program for ministry engagement if that is something your congregation is looking to improve.
  • Receive resources and support regarding new forms of ministry, and in discerning how to best do ministry in the western region of the United States.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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