Desire Street believes that the best investment for lasting change in a neighborhood is time, presence, and relationship. None of those things happen overnight, and the revitalization of under-resourced neighborhoods is a tremendous undertaking by courageous leaders nationwide. Many of which intentionally decide to call those neighborhoods home themselves.

Our desire is to encourage, equip and connect leaders who answer that call.

That’s why our model for ministry is to work side-by-side with our Ministry Partners who share the calling to have a physical and spiritual presence in their neighborhood. Desire Street coaches and cares for these leaders so they can beat the odds. Not burn out. Not just survive. So that they thrive for the marathon set before them of caring for and investing in some of God’s most cherished neighborhoods.


Desire Street partners with leaders in developing thriving and sustainable urban ministries. We currently work intensively with ministry leaders in varying stages of a 3 – 5 year mutual partnership. Over that timeframe, we are honored to share what we have learned in previous partnerships with ministry leaders. Engaging in authentic relationships we have the opportunity to personally coach, share best practices and expertise, and offer much needed support for our leaders.

Below is an interactive map showcasing our current and past partners…and their reach in over thirteen neighborhoods. Roll over to get a glimpse of who they are, where they serve and why we support their work.

Want To Be A Partner?

10 Attributes of a Potential Desire Street Partner

1. Live in the direct neighborhood you seek to serve.
2. Certified 501(c)3 non-profit status or incorporated as a church.
3. Engaged in grassroots, holistic, Christ-centered offerings to an under-resourced neighborhood.
4. Actively serving in an official capacity for at least 2 years.
5. Active Board of Directors or Committee providing accountability and governance.
6. Humble Spirit for receiving coaching, consultation and engaging in vulnerable community.
7. Desire to engage in DSM network and supporting of other DSM partners.
8. Willingness to engage in a mutually transformative relationship with DSM.
9. Statement of faith that unequivocally affirms a faith in Jesus Christ.
10. Receptive to honest assessment, dialogue and accountability focused on moving towards thriving and sustainability.

Steps to Consider Before Becoming a Partner

1. Review the above criteria for official Partnership with DSM.
2. Familiarize yourself with the CCDA model for ministry.
3. Fill out a Community Ministry Profile.
4. Attend a Thriving Leaders Series.
5. Stay Engaged in our DSM network!

Our capacity for taking on new partners is tedious in order to maintain the quality of partnership we have experienced with our leaders. For more information or partnership or any questions please contact: Chris Fitzgerald at


We shepherd our leaders by offering perspective as they navigate ministry and relational challenges. As well as reassure them of the calling God has placed on them and champion them personally and professionally. 

Spiritual and Personal Support
Spiritual Refreshment and Growth
One on One relationship with Lead Coach
Mutually Transformative Relationships


We offer our leaders tools, principles and best practices that span across leadership and organizational development as well as ministry programming. With our Thriving Index, we help assess and pin point the best ways to equip our leaders and their organizations.

Leadership Development
Organizational Coaching and Development
Fundraising Strategy and Social Capital
Thriving Index



We create safe spaces for our leaders to cultivate authentic and mutually transformative relationships. Providing a place where leaders who intimately understand the pressures, needs, celebrations and heartbreaks of this kind of work can have a sense of community is imperative for leaders to persevere!

Collaboration with other Ministries and Leaders
Annual Retreats for Strategic Partners
Access to Desire Street Network
Connection to Community


A Lead Coach serves an important role for our partners. Through authentic and relationship, a Lead Coach invests relationally in our partner and their ministry. By calling their assigned partner twice a month and meeting with them face to face 4 times a year, a Lead Coach becomes immersed in the world of the ministry leader. Celebrating with them, hurting alongside them, offering perspective, giving counsel, and keeping a pulse on the overall well-being of the leader and the organization.  Lead Coaches have experience in community ministry and development, and are incredible resources and safe havens for our ministry partners.

Desire Street’s ministry partner life cycle usually lasts 3 to 5 years. During this time we work intensely to strengthen our partner’s leadership, solidify their board and organization, and build their ministry reach. After a leader goes through our life cycle and we mutually determine he or she has gained what they could from our efforts, they then “graduate” and become what we call Legacy Partners. They remain in our “family” – our network of leaders – but no longer receive the intense support we gave them when they were ministry partners.

As we have prayed to expand our reach (while also being good stewards of our resources), we have decided to deploy some of these Legacy Partners as Coaches. The guidance they received as ministry partners, coupled with their experience in the field, gives these leaders wisdom that is invaluable to others. Lead Coaches “pour into” other ministries through sharing best practices, and join our Desire Street ministry team in giving emotional and spiritual support for the journey.

Tim Mitchell

Legacy Partner & Lead Coach

Tim is a Lead Coach who thrives in Lakeland, Florida.

Trey Hill

Legacy Partner & Lead Coach

Trey thrives as a Lead Coach in Dallas, Texas.

Bryan Kelly

Legacy Partner & Lead Coach

Bryan thrives as a Lead Coach in Montgomery, Alabama.