The D’ART Collective Pathways

About D’ART

Our World is Changing

Our world is ever-changing. The D’ART Collective acknowledges the plethora of research that discusses how technology has rewired our brains. Technology has shifted the way we live, work, play, worship, and practice our faith. 

These dramatic shifts require churches to reengage their congregations and develop a new way to effectively deliver the Gospel. 

The D’ART Collective seeks to strengthen the ministry of Christians, pastors, and church leaders to harness the power of technology and the appeal of the arts to draw youth, the religiously unaffiliated, and those who have become apathetic and unconnected to the Christian faith.

Introducing the pathways

The D’ART Collective Pathways, founded through the Lilly Endowment’s Thriving Congregation Initiative, is an exciting, innovative collection of 6 online courses, Pathways, designed to help Christians, pastors, and church leaders strengthen their ministries and impact their community and culture.

The Process

How the Pathways Work

These 6 Pathways are designed to be taken together, in order, and build upon one another to provide a complete, fully online experience for congregational groups. The Pathways are an integrated assemblage of research-based best practices, instructional strategies, activities, and assessments designed to induce and promote vital congregational thriving.


Establish C-SIL Lab Team

Each week, you are encouraged to meet with congregational leaders within your church as part of a Congregational Studies Innovation Learning Lab (C-SIL). Establish a day, time, and location where your C-SIL Lab will meet to prayerfully consider the impacts the week’s lesson will have upon your congregation.


Begin Course Work

Curated readings, intentional podcasts, and practical exercises build 4-weeks of content for each Pathway. Doctorate-level research provides easy-to-understand principles to help you develop a strong, thriving congregation.


Participate in Weekly C-SIL Lab

Meet weekly to discuss further and apply the truths learned in the week’s lesson. Each Pathway provides your C-SIL Lab with thought-provoking questions that will create a meaningful impact on your congregation.


Continue in Course Work

As you progress through the course content, continue to meet each week with your C-SIL Lab team until the Pathway is successfully completed. At the conclusion of a Pathway, you will receive a badge recognizing your work, and at the end of all six Pathways, you will receive a certificate of completion.

The Content

What’s Included

The 6 Pathways are Theology, Identity, Community, Process, Program, and Implementation. Each Pathway contains a 4-week, fully online course, along with a digital eBook code to activate the knowledge of both higher education and practical experience around each topic. 

Curated Reading

Curated readings and 6 eBooks with doctorate-level research provided in easy-to-understand principles to help you develop a strong, thriving congregation 


30 videos answering deep questions from Christian thought leaders in the community


7 video podcasts with our context experts and leaders in the community exploring topics of theology, faith, and the Church 



Exercises, quizzes, and group questions that encourage you to integrate your knowledge with your faith and take your ministry into your community 

Featured Courses

Pick a Pathway to Get Started


Pathway 1: Theology

An introduction to the place and role of theology in defining the Church, providing a foundational understanding for how theology underlies the nature, purpose, and function of the Church.

4 Weeks         100% Online         Readings, Videos, Podcasts


Pathway 2: Identity

An introduction and discussion of the importance of identity for churches and congregations with emphasis upon the elements of forming a biblical identity and its role/function both within and outside a church.

4 Weeks         100% Online         Readings, Videos, Podcasts


Pathway 3: Community

An introduction and assessment of community, which is comprised of the people in the surrounding areas, identifying their needs, wants, and the engagement of the men and women who identify with belonging in a thriving and growing community.

4 Weeks         100% Online         Readings, Videos, Podcasts


Pathway 4: Process

An introduction to the administrative, executive, and management roles conducted in ministry that provides success, good discipline, and order of a church organization. The execution of the work in ministry must be conducted adeptly, concisely, and with the wisdom of God for this great work.

4 Weeks         100% Online         Readings, Videos, Podcasts


Pathway 5: Program

An introduction and discussion along with application of the principles that support the spiritual growth and development of a congregation with emphasis on the importance of constructing community-targeted, relationship-based ministry programs to forge lasting relationships with the community, or communities, surrounding a church.

4 Weeks         100% Online         Readings, Videos, Podcasts


Pathway 6: Implementation

An introduction and discussion of the strategies and resources needed in ministry based on the model design and right fit for the movement of an organization to have a kingdom impact on the lives of the people who are committed to learning and empowerment in local congregations. 

4 Weeks         100% Online         Readings, Videos, Podcasts