Innovative Churches: Definition & Is It Biblical?

Posted: January 23, 2007 in Philosophy

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Part 2 in a series on Innovative Churches. Be sure to contribute to the Most Innovative Churches list.

As a part of Outreach’s Most Innovative Churches list, I answered a questionnaire for Tony Morgan about what it really means to be innovative. Here’s the first of those Q&A’s:

How would you define innovation?

Innovation is the ability to look forward, leverage potential and lead change.

Is innovation biblical? Does God want churches to innovate? Did innovation happen in the first-century Church? Should the Church embrace innovation today? Why?

Yes, innovation is biblical to the extent that it fosters and facilitates God’s agenda. God is all about being innovative! He’s used things like a burning bush, a talking donkey and a huge boat to get his point across. God is all about getting our attention and using whatever means necessary to build his kingdom.

Acts 1:7-8 is a great example of strategic innovation in practice. Here, Jesus helps the apostles look forward (I’m coming back but you don’t know when), leverage potential (you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you), and lead change (start here with Jerusalem, and work your way out to Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth). This innovative approach was Jesus’ way of saying take my gospel to the people; don’t wait for them to come to you. That’s innovative!

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