We are excited to announce that the Beam Mission Foundation (BMF) and the Disciples Center for Education (DCE) have officially joined forces to form Chord Leadership Center, or just Chord, a new organization that aspires to shape leadership culture in current churches and in next-generation leaders.

The Beam Mission Foundation has faithfully served Tom Beam’s vision and financial legacy since 2006. Under the care of the eldership of the Boston Church, millions of dollars have been administered in grants to assist training programs around the world with an eye towards high-impact missions. The entirety of Tom Beam’s generous gift (and even more) has been spent according to his vision. Accordingly, the BMF board began considering the organization’s next steps.

The Disciples Center for Education has been building infrastructure and programs to develop long-term spiritual nourishment for partner churches and their members. Launched in 2020 and driven by the initial vision and financial support of Patti and Alex Hunter, along with Irene and Valdur Koha, it has aspired to provide education platforms to shape church culture towards collaborative and gift-based leadership.

After a year of joint meetings, each organization became convinced that by combining resources, expertise, and networks, we could better serve a shared vision of holistic biblical leadership together. We envision a future of church cultures rooted in spirituality and giftedness that nurture and mature faith communities towards fullness in Christ in both current and next-generation collaborative contexts.

We recognize that spiritual leadership gifts are cultivated differently, yet they need to be developed in community. We also recognize that shaping this biblical culture of leadership will require a shift from our historical approach and will need to be modeled, providing examples of teachers, evangelists, and shepherds working together “until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the son of God (Eph 4:13).”

As we integrate our operations, there will be changes; however, all 2024 programs will be fully honored and our commitment to partner with churches who share our vision is steadfast. Further details regarding operational changes will be communicated to all involved as we figure out the next steps.

We are thrilled to introduce Chord to our fellowship. We envision a future with multiple voices leading together in harmony to equip the saints.

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The Chord Founding Team

Valdur Koha
Alex Hunter
David Pocta
Yannick Le Noan