"A great irony exists: many leaders are asking innovation-related questions (e.g., How do I lead my church or agency through change?) but doing little about it. Questions are being asked, guidance is being offered, few people are courageous enough to do something about their concerns." Read more of JD's blog post here.
"But just as humanity struggles to understand an infinitely creative God, we have also struggled to see how we might practice that creativity as creatures made in God’s image. Instead of relishing God’s refreshing new vision, we cling to the familiar and hold on to what we think we understand. Our minds crave control and our hearts desire certainty; neither of which God owes us. Thus, I believe the term “kingdom innovation” can serve a real purpose to describe the creative force within God’s kingdom in such a way that we can appropriate it and begin to practice it as we join God on his mission." Read more of Jon's blog post here.
This conversation is sponsored by Innovation In Mission, an annual Live Web event focused on innovation for nonprofit leaders and practitioners.
In the final Kingdom Innovation Conversation, J.D. Payne and Jon Hirst share innovation case studies that they have been personally involved in. Take some time to listen to their examples and consider the lessons they learned as they implemented Kingdom Innovation.
It is one thing to have an innovative idea, but it is very different to act on it and bring that idea into reality. In this conversation Jon Hirst and J.D. Payne discuss practical ways to affirm whether this is your idea to pursue, overcome barriers to implementation, use tools effectively and modify you plans based on what you are learning.
Join Jon Hirst and J.D. Payne for a conversation on what it means to listen to your audience as you innovate in your ministry efforts. Being close to your audience and understanding their needs is critical for your innovation efforts. But this is not a natural process. It takes intentional effort and some skills that the Bible can teach us.
It is easy to send your team an article on innovation and hope that some of the content rubs off, but how do you approach innovation in a way that fits your Kingdom efforts and honors the people you serve with?
It is one thing to talk about innovation in an abstract or theoretical sense. But what does it look like in unique settings around the globe? That is what this conversation between Jon Hirst and J.D. Payne focused on. Take a few minutes to listen in to their dialogue and get some insights into how you can apply innovation in your unique setting.
Jon Hirst and J.D. Payne are holding six conversations on Kingdom Innovation and the role it has in the Christian Life. This first conversation is focused on the Biblical Mandate for innovation and how we as believers should view innovation as we live out our faith.