The church as we know it is calibrated for a world that no longer exists. The world has changed and we in the church have not. So, we will need to recalibrate – and that will take innovation. But there is a problem. The secular literature on innovation tells us that the best way to innovate is to abandon the past. “Burn the boats,” they say, “Cut the ties.” But we Christians cannot abandon the past. We will never stop loving our neighbor and we will never stop saying, “Jesus is Lord.” We cannot abandon the past.
So the question of innovation is this, “How do we maintain a rock-solid commitment to the unchanging Christian gospel, while at the same time create innovative ways to express that gospel to an ever-changing world?”
Join this conversation, hosted by Tod Bolsinger, with Scott Cormode, the author of The Innovative Church, a book that is the fruit of five years of innovation work with hundreds of church leaders. He will describe a process for innovation that any congregation can adapt to their own context and setting.