Imitate or Innovate?

Imitate or Innovate?

Do the following questions resonate with you?

Are you a church that is not experiencing the growth you desire?

Are you struggling to reach the unchurched and dechurched in your community?

Is the only growth you see by transfer of membership?

Do you feel like you are struggling to connect with your community?

Do you see dramatic changes in the culture and nothing you are doing is working to reach them with the gospel?

Do you keep doing the same ministry the same way, over and over again and expect a different result?

Have you ever looked at your church and thought it is not reaching its full potential?

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you did things differently?

If these questions hit home with you then you are in good company with the vast majority of churches in our country.

My next question to you is how will you address your situation? Will you imitate what you’ve done in the past and hope it works again or will you imitate what another church is doing to reach their community and hope it works in yours?

Where will you find the answer to the challenges you are facing? I must admit that borrowing someone else’s ministry model or resurrecting one of your own is easier. Just plug it in and play. Problem solved, right? I’m afraid not.

God has a design for your ministry and you have to work for it. If you want things to be different then you have to lead change. This takes courage. I agree with Steve Jobs who said “innovation distinguishes between Leaders and Followers”. So, which is it? Are you a leader or a follower? Are you going to blaze a trail or follow one?

Click on the link below to discover an innovation process for your ministry. 

A Catalyst for Leading Change: An Innovation Process for Ministry

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