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What are good theological resources on innovation? What are other good resources?

Pre-Meeting Work

Please listen, read, and reflect before the Zoom meeting:  


Interview with Scott Cormode, Fuller Seminary

The same interview is posted here in two different file formats.


C. Kavin Rowe, Traditioned innovation and Pentecost

Joy Bronson, ABC 2018 gathering (video)

Scripture reflection

Mark 6:30-44

This very familiar story recounts a series of improvisations, from a planned quiet getaway, to the unexpected arrival of a crowd, to a long day of teaching, to an unforeseen need to feed people. Not everyone finds it easy to shift gears from one expectation to another.

What is the theological grounding for faithful improvisation and innovation in this story?

What seems to guide Jesus’s unfolding decisions?

What one thing in this story reminds you of something you are encountering as you guide congregations in processes of innovation?

Zoom meeting dates

August 14, 8:30 am, 10:00 am, 11:30 am (CST)

August 27, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:00 pm (CST)

Discussion Questions

How does innovation relate to important theological commitments of your congregations?

What theories and models of innovation have proven useful for working with your congregations?

How are you making the theological and biblical connections? Is something missing?

What are you learning about innovation from the congregations themselves?

Additional Resources

See Faith and Leadership on:

Several good resources include Disruptive Innovation, David Odem; Interview with Roger Martin, author of The Opposable Mind and discussions of books on innovation by Alan Deutschman and David Bornsteinlearn more