Our Innovation Programs are designed to keep pace with the demands of today’s church leadership.
Here’s how it works – in three simple steps:
A pastor and/or leadership team usually know in what area of ministry they could use innovation. So, the first step is to select from the following tracks of becoming more:
- Digital-first – Meaning, what the local church used to presume was driving everyone towards an in-person gathering is replaced with a basic attitude of starting with the everyday (digital-first, on-demand) life of the community (outside of the church) in mind.
- Multi-ethnic – Similarly, what may currently be presumed to be the “normal” way of being a follower of Jesus Christ is transformed into one that makes more sense to people of different backgrounds.
- Lay-centric – Perhaps the most fruitful, yet demanding, track, this affirms every life as a ministry of which every person is a minister and enables the current ministry structure to adapt in support of everyday lay persons.
Time is of the essence. Yet, it takes time to know whether or not a consultant relationship is going to work out.
Our method is to start with an intensive effort on a smaller-scale matter (related to your selected track), a shorter-term commitment (a maximum of four weeks, 8 hours), and an affordable, non-refundable fee (a maximum of $700).
This way, the decision-makers are either clearly convinced that this is a good thing or that they should pass. More importantly, that “smaller-scale matter” that was just solved becomes the platform for implementing innovation throughout the ministry.
When innovation takes place properly and appropriately, it actually feels natural (even to the skeptics). The first such experience builds up momentum (and credibility) that opens doors to change throughout the ministry.
Still, while innovation can be enabled, it cannot be forced – at least, if genuine fruitfulness is the goal. So, an effective innovation program will both initiate action as well as wait until support is needed.
That’s why, if the church wants to move forward with the program, we ask for a one-year period of working together. Included in that process is a specific set of goals to achieve along with an agreed upon strategy – we put down the times when we anticipate initiating action and also when we will wait to be called upon for support.