What are stories of innovative congregations?
Please listen, read, and reflect before the Zoom meeting:
Interview with Kara Faris, Indianapolis Center for Congregations
Co-Author, Divergent Churches
Innové Studios, Colonial Church Case Study by Amy Sherman.
Maggy Barankitse, Love Made Me an Inventor
Rev. Michael Mather, “Excerpt from “Having Nothing, Possessing Everything,”
The Kuhnekt Initiative builds relationships among church members
1 Thess 1:2-5
Note the order here: work of faith, labor of love, steadfastness of hope.
What makes doing new things in congregations a work of faith? How are the new things you are contemplating deeply faithful?
Love of what (or love of whom) is pushing you to make these changes? What are you learning about the labor of love?
What practices help you to maintain steadfastness of hope?
How would you describe the Gospel (“not in word only”) that is longing to become known through your congregations?
Some of the hardest work of congregations is in discerning what old ways to hold on to and what new things deserve attention and energy. Note that the master of the household is not bringing things out for himself, but in order to serve others.
What are some important principles for determining what is truly “treasure” (what to leave behind and what to bring out, in the present context)?
How might a process of innovation be an instrument for precisely this discernment?
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What are the motivations for innovation among the pastors and congregations you are working with? What language are you using with your congregations, in relation to innovation? Tell a story about a connection you are seeing between vocation and innovation.
See Faith and Leadership on: Congregational innovation
Some particularly good stories include:
Kit Ford, Do Good X Fellow, FTE