What’s Next? A Look Over the Hill for Innovative Churches and Their Leaders
I was on a conference call with a group of Christian leaders. They all had fairly wide views of the religious landscape across multiple regions and somewhat internationally.
But the landscape they described was much different than what I saw. Their views were sort of depressing. They saw a morass of disease and dysfunction. The leaders they described were different from the people I work with everyday. The predictions they made for the future were dire. I felt isolated.
So, I decided to write out my views for what I see now and into the near future. I put them in a small booklet titled: What’s Next? A Look over the hill for Innovative Churches and Their Leaders.
In the booklet I describe my views of the context, what we will see more of, what authenticators move churches today and the like. I describe six ideas that are obvious. But even though they are obvious to me and with the churches Leadership Network serves, they were not obvious to others.
So here is a preview to some of the ideas in the booklet. There are 20 brief section but here are four headlines, one from each section.
In the “more of” section one is the rise of innovative churches in “Second and Third” tier cities. This is not a put down of either the churches or the cities. But the expansion of creative and innovative churches in smaller locales is expanding rapidly. In other words – don’t say – It can’t happen here.
In the authenticator section, one is the growing requirement for transparency needed in churches. The obvious section includes the necessity of intern and residency programs in growing churches. In the final speculations section I describe the use of special purpose LLC corporations for kingdom purposes.
Admittedly the descriptions and ideas hit leaders in different ways. For those that get excited by ideas like these, check out the booklet here: http://leadnet.org/page/whatsnext
But if these ideas don’t resonate, that’s ok. There’s nothing wrong with that. You probably would consider the book a waste of time.
It’s an easy 60-90 minute read and available in small paper format or kindle on Amazon.
Dave Travis is the Chief Executive Officer of Leadership Network. That team helps entrepreneurial kingdom leaders move from Ideas to Implementation to Impact. Check out their website at www.leadnet.org. He is the coauthor of Beyond Megachurch Myths and Beyond the Box: Innovative Churches that Work.
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