About Pivot Northwest

Origin & Overview

In Fall 2016 the Seattle Pacific University School of Theology received a $1.5 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help congregations in the Pacific Northwest engage young adults, working with them to design innovative ministries that support and enrich their faith lives.

The Endowment’s $19.4 million Young Adult Initiative will establish innovation hubs at 12 colleges, universities, and seminaries across the nation to help congregations as they design and launch new ministries with young adults, ages 23 to 29. The institutions are located in 10 states and the District of Columbia and reflect diverse Christian traditions. SPU is the only institution in the Pacific Northwest to be a part of this new initiative.

Dr. Jeff Keuss, professor of Christian ministry, theology, and culture will lead the five-year SPU Young Adult Initiative, from which the PNW Faith Innovation Team (Pivot NW) was born. Under his leadership the Pivot NW team will identify area faith communities to work with, helping them better understand the experiences of young adults and working with them to design, launch, and evaluate new ministries.

Please see below to learn more about the other members of the team, including (eventually) the churches that are selected to innovate in ministry to 23-29-year-olds in the Pacific Northwest.


Research Method

Research methods are being designed and will be published soon.


Our Team

Get to know the Pivot Northwest Learning Team here.

Faith Community Innovation Hubs

TBA upon selection (Hopefully sometime in June 2017 with individual congregation profiles to follow)