The Church Initiative, Inc.

Church Initiative is a nondenominational, nonprofit ministry, equipping thousands of churches in all 50 states, Canada, the UK, South Africa, Australia, and several other countries with small group resources that address point of pain and point of need issues.

Events such as divorce, loss of a loved one, substance abuse, addiction, financial crisis, and health emergencies are often used by the Lord to open people to a relationship with Him. Even if they are not facing a major life crisis, most unchurched people will admit to having significant needs in their lives. For some, it is financial security or independence. For others, it is a stronger marriage. Parents often have a strong desire to develop better parenting skills. Most people want a clear purpose for living.

Church Initiative was founded by Steve and Cheryl Grissom to address these needs through church-based support groups including DivorceCare: a recovery program for people dealing with the pain of separation and divorce; Choosing Wisely Before You Divorce: a ministry strategy to help save failing marriages; DivorceCare for Kids: a divorce recovery program for children; GriefShare: an ongoing ministry to those grieving the loss of a loved one; Facing Forever: an innovative, evangelical program exploring the issues of life, death and eternity; and Chance to Change: a Christ-centered ministry for people struggling with gambling addictions.

In connection with these curricula, Church Initiative has also published Through a Season of Divorce (Thomas Nelson 2005) and Through a Season of Grief (Thomas Nelson 2005).

Most recent project: Grieving with Hope: Living with Sorrow, Moving Toward Hope: A GriefShare Book (Baker 2011)