Ministry Incubators helps creative people and congregations transform harebrained ideas for ministry into sustainable social enterprises.
We work with early stage entrepreneurs who want to harness the momentum of social enterprise for the sake of ministry and mission. By becoming a Ministry Incubators partner, you will receive tools, skills, networks, access to legal and financial resources and a community of peers who help you “hatch your hunch” and develop it into a spiritually rich and financially viable missional venture.
“Try Pie is excited to partner with Ministry Incubators as we seek to employ and empower teen girls through making and selling great pie! We are grateful that God has connected us to Ministry Incubators, and we've already benefited so much from the relationships formed and the coaching offered at the Hatchathon. We can't wait to see how God will move as Try Pie walks with Ministry Incubators into a future of Kingdom ministry with youth through business!”
- Laura Turner, Ministry Incubators Partner
“Let’s face it: time with Kenda Dean and Mark DeVries is good for anybody’s soul, but for entrepreneurs who spend time with these brilliant ‘permissionaries,’ there is a special value. Ministry Incubators provides a great structure to help outline ministry plans and proposals—but an even deeper value lies in the confidence, hope and downright joy that can only be found in the instant community of ecclesiastical entrepreneurs who are brave enough to dream about what the church can be, and foolish enough to try to make it happen.”
- Michael Baughman, hatchathon advisor
Community Curator/Pastor, Union Coffee
"We both participated in a 36-hour hatchathon with Ministry Incubators. Holy Cow. The energy was high and the sleep was minimal. The conversation was invigorating and one of the 'crazy' ideas has now become a reality. Kenda and Mark are the two most creative thinkers in ministry right now. They are passionate about helping people turn their exciting entrepreneurial ideas into sustainable ministry opportunities and they have the networks and knowledge to do so. Our generation is aching to usher in the kingdom of God in new ways-- and Kenda and Mark are crazy enough to believe that we can."
- Ashley Higgins, hatchathon guest
Director of High School Ministry
First Presbyterian Church
“Often there is not enough time to explore ideas and directions. The Hatchathon forced me to look at the “why’s and how’s” of Crosswinds. It was both challenging and exciting to be poked and prodded by others with an eye on ministry and an eye on the world, often addressing questions I didn’t know I had. The weekend forced me to be more intentional about recognizing ministry opportunities in a unique environment.”
- Geoffrey Vande Kuyt, hatchathon guest
Owner/mentor, Crosswinds Contracting
Inglewood Christian Reformed Church
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
“Hatchathon was an incredibly valuable experience for The EcoTheo Review. The structured and intensive time set apart, the sage advice and encouragement of Kenda and Mark, and the outside feedback from our sister teams provided an invaluable boost to our efforts. In 48 hours we progressed further in our vision and planning than we had in months. Hatchathon exposed our blind spots, reinforced our strengths, and brought much needed clarity and excitement to our organization. Thanks, Mark and Kenda!”
“I had been nurturing a dream in the back of my mind for a number of years. It excited me, but seemed beyond what I could realistically accomplish. And then I talked to Ministry Incubators, and Mark uttered those three game-changing words: ‘Let’s do it!’ Kenda and Mark not only affirmed the relevance of my dream for ministry, they helped map steps to make it a reality, and are providing endless encouragement along the way.
Ministry Incubator’s sweet spot is not merely championing big dreams for God’s Kingdom; it is strategically and passionately giving flesh and bones to those dreams.”
“As a new, relatively young pastor, I approached the Start-Up Clinic with a
"lots to gain and little to lose" mentality. I couldn't have been more spot-on: the Start-Up Clinic delivers enormously in the "gains" department. The fantastic presentations, imaginative group and individual exercises, and useful resources were both inspiring and practical. The weekend ultimately offered me the opportunity to both dream up and realistically plan an outside-the-box ministry--one that would not only serve a congregational need but would do so sustainably!”
- Jennifer Lewis, Hatchathon Participant
“The Start-Up Clinic is a great place if you have an idea in mind and want to launch it in the real world. Through workshops on creativity, project-management, communication, and accounting, you get out of this training equipped like a pro! The Start-Up Clinic is a lab filled with laughter, caffeine, and friendships.”