What if?

One of the biggest questions right now, whether it be personal or business, is how to innovate and move past what has come before. In fact, whole companies have grown up around the idea of innovation and fostering it within staid organizations. But really it comes down to a single question. What If? Throughout the ages, innovation has been fostered by imagining what is possible instead of what you can do with your current resources. The key way to innovate is to question the status quo and “ask the right questions” – not what can we do now, but what is possible. via How To Innovate By...
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Innovational Culture

How do you develop a culture of innovation in your church? Rick Warren has some ideas for you: You need a theology of innovation. We are the most like our creator when we’re creative. God wired us to be creative. Children are very creative. They are born creative. It’s normal. We get the creativity kicked out of us as time goes by. We learn to be afraid. But a theology of innovation always reminds us that God intends us to be creative. You need a creative atmosphere. There are certain environments I can be very creative in, and certain environments where I can’t. We’ve never...
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The Five Stages of Innovation

The Five Stages of Innovation: Phil Cooke shares this recipe for innovation.  They are order specific… Take a look and see if these five stages of innovation ring true with how you and your church implement new ideas and ministries: 1. People deny that the innovation is required. 2. People deny that the innovation is effective. 3. People deny that the innovation is important. 4. People deny that the innovation will justify the effort required to adopt it. 5. People accept and adopt the innovation, enjoy its benefits, attribute it to people other than the innovator, and deny the existence of...
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Innovation can happen anywhere…

… even with condoms. Well… take a look here, and you’ll see. The idea for a condom that can be opened with one hand wasn’t an innovation to make condoms more accessible to the masses, but rather to help people with people afflicted with Hemiplegia, a condition that leaves one side of the body paralyzed. You see… most people what have control of both sides of their body never thought about having a condom that would open with one hand (although it’s a much better design for the product for reasons we won’t go into). So… I begin to wonder… What...
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Innovative Church Idea

This is a novel idea.  I sense a marketing campaign coming on. HT:  Ed Stetzer
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Someone should do this

Acts435.org.uk I don’t know of another website like this in the US. This is a creative ministry idea from the UK. People tell local churches their specific needs and it gets posted to the internet.  Then people can give to specific needs. Simple, innovative, and solves problems. How many requests for help do you get at your church, especially around the holidays.  Most churches don’t know how to help (and can’t help everyone).  This seems like a great solution. Maybe someone reading this would like to start something like this. You start it… I’ll help promote...
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5 Ways to Kill a Brainstorming Session

Inc. Magazine recently had a great article on brainstorming.  Here’s part of it… Brainstorming is big at most creative organizations today, but in becoming ubiquitous it has lost something. The invitation “let’s brainstorm about that” typically leads to a gathering in a conference room where the convener asks for ideas then shoots them down as fast as they come up. And brainstorming sessions have come to resemble any other meeting—veering off topic, sucking up time, and causing impatience or boredom. That’s in part because brainstorming has been compressed and...
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Five Habits of Great Innovators

Kaihan Krippendorff writes:  For more than a decade I’ve studied history’s most creative strategists–from Napoleon Bonaparte to John Boyd–and compared their thinking habits with those of their modern peers–Grameen Bank founder Mohammad Yunus or Tesla CEO Elon Musk. I have found five thinking habits that stand out: 1.  Mental time travel 2.  Seeing the interconnected system 3.  Frame-shifting 4.  Disruptive mindset 5.  Influence It really makes for a fascinating read: The Five Habits of Great Innovators When are YOU at your most INNOVATIVE...
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How do you innovate? Charles Lee

This week’s question at 30SecondLeadership.com is “How do You Innovate?” Here is the response of Charles Lee, the founder of Ideation and Idea Labs: Check out 30SecondLeadership.com every weekday for another great question/answer that will help you ministry in just 30 seconds! Thoughts? Share Sign up for our Weekly Email for Church...
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How do you innovate? Derek Bell

This week’s question at 30SecondLeadership.com is “How do You Innovate?” Here is the response of Derek Bell from Fellowship Bible Church in Nashville: Check out 30SecondLeadership.com every weekday for another great question/answer that will help you ministry in just 30 seconds! Thoughts? Share Sign up for our Weekly Email for Church...
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