The Gospel Initiative

The Gospel Initiative exists to assist church and ministry practitioners in creating a compelling, compassionate, and credible gospel presence while addressing important social issues in society.

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The Gospel Initiative: An Introduction

Executive Director

"We are a bridge to help churches thrive for the sake of the gospel."

Executive Director and Principal Investigator

Mark G. Harden

Dr. Mark G. Harden is the Executive Director of The Gospel Initiative at Denver Seminary in Colorado. As a theological educator, Dr. Harden has served in higher education for over twenty years in the role of Vice President of Academic Affairs at a Christian college and as President, Dean, and Program Director at multiple institutions, including several leading theological schools. As an ordained Baptist minister, he has the honor of serving on national boards such as the Association of Theological Schools, Accrediting Commission, and the American Baptist Historical Society. Dr. Harden has assisted over 250 churches in the United States and in Europe. Related ministerial accomplishments include founder and Executive Director of Streetwise, Inc., an outreach youth organization, while serving as a Police Officer. He has also served as Executive Director of Detroit Love, Inc., a community development organization for churches. Dr. Harden’s passion and vision for The Gospel Initiative is to establish it as a vital resource for best practices in Church mission and evangelism for churches around the world.

Project Coordinator, Instructor

Jason Woodman

Jason Woodman is the Program Coordinator for The Gospel Initiative at Denver Seminary. He served for 15 years with Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) working predominantly in contextualized ministries to minority students. He lived on assignment in Hangzhou, China; Manhattan, KS; New York City, NY; and since 2012, Denver CO. He formerly coached and trained 85 Cru staff in working with Hispanic and Latino student populations. Mr. Woodman earned a graduate certificate in theology, a Master’s in Public Administration, and is an advanced Cultural Intelligence certified facilitator. A licensed foster parent for over 10 years, two of his four children were adopted from the Denver foster care program. He is currently enrolled as an M.Div student and is an elder candidate at his local church.