A cohort-based learning and practical experience for religious institutions to reimagine their role and instill a culture of innovation.

Why should startups get to have all the fun? It's easy to get stuck when leading a religious institution or house of worship toward embracing a culture of innovation. Glean Network gathers small, diverse cohorts of leadership teams at religious institutions to chart the path together.

The SPARK Fellowship equips leadership teams with the tools, mindsets, and structure through which institutions can initiate and sustain change without losing their identity. We guide teams, step-by-step through a process of: 


Designing likely-to-succeed innovations

Testing innovations through low-cost and low-stakes prototypes

Learning to manage resistance to change within the community

To do so, we guide institutions and houses of worship, step-by-step, through the following process of Learning, Researching, Designing, and Implementing. Completed just one time, this cycle births one new innovation. But through many iterations, institutions will build up a sustained culture of creativity and experimentation, one innovation at a time.


Clarify your metrics and assessment of success as you unveil your prototype and continue to iterate and refine it.


Reading, audio, video, and webinar resources from field experts demonstrate successful innovations by example.


Gather insights from the group you're seeking to engage by conducting an extensive interview campaign.


Use tools of design thinking to develop strong ideas for low-stakes and low-investment innovations to pilot

Want to see some examples? Check out our iteration of the SPARK Fellowship at the UJA-Federation of New York here, in which we gathered 13 institutions over the course of two years.