Good ideas don't come ready made!
April 27-29

Overview: Are you nursing an entrepreneurial idea for ministry? Is it something that has a clear ministry objective and an economic model beyond traditional fundraising, but you don’t know how to get it started (much less fund it)? Do you want to learn a creative process for moving a concept for mission from idea to action? Then let us invite you to be part of the Hatch-a-thon, April 27-29, 2014, a pilot program offered by Ministry Incubators, Inc. that is designed to help you and your church answer those questions.

Cost: $150 (includes program and meals)
Limit: 20 participants.

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Kenda Creasy Dean

Kenda Creasy Dean Kenda Creasy Dean is an ordained United Methodist pastor and Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church, and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary.  She also supervises the student interns at Kingston United Methodist Church in Kingston, NJ (which is way more fun than it ought to be).  Along with Mark DeVries, she is a Primary Permissionary for Ministry Incubators.  The author of several books on youth and the church, Kenda's current projects include A More Excellent Way: How Youth Ministry Is Changing the Way Churches Prepare Leaders (with Christy Lang Hearlson) and a book on innovation and missional entrepreneurship with Mark DeVries. Her guilty pleasures include watching Sherlock with her husband and digging her toes in the sand in Ocean Grove, NJ.


Mark DeVries

Mark DeVriesMark DeVries is the founder of MINISTRY ARCHITECTS, a hands-on coaching service for churches whose ministries are in transition or who hope to move their ministries forward strategically.  The company includes the following specialty groups, with others in the works: Youth Ministry Architects (2002), Children’s Ministry Architects (2010), and Small Church Ministry Architects (2011).  Since 1986, Mark has served as the Associate Pastor for Youth and Their Families at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee, where he continues to oversee the youth ministry on a part-time basis.  Mark's work at First Presbyterian includes a combination of volunteer and staff development, teaching and preaching, relational ministry with youth and their families, as well as regularly participating in the worship and mission life of the church.  Mark and his wife, Susan, live in Nashville and have three grown children (Adam, Debbie, and Leigh) and two granddaughters (Parish and Nealy). 

Good ideas don't come ready made!