Point of Origin

Point of Origin

A little more than a year ago, I told you all about the Compelling Preaching Initiative that was being funded by the Lilly Endowment. I told you all about how excited I was to be working with the Mountain Sky Conference on their application and how Bishop Oliveto (who...
Clarity is Kindess

Clarity is Kindess

We’ve talked on this blog before about the importance of being crystal clear on who you are as a community before embarking on the work of innovation. About how, when a community doesn’t have a clear sense of mission and values, change is difficult, because, without a...
What Your Coach Wants You to Know

What Your Coach Wants You to Know

A dear friend of mine in ministry (we’ll call him Brian) was recently assigned a coach by his supervisors. Their relationship is beginning with an on-site visit, and in the lead-up to the visit, his mounting unease about having an outsider in his space led to a lot of...
No Lone Rangers: Part 5

No Lone Rangers: Part 5

We have spent the last four weeks establishing the basics of an innovation team: why you need one, how to build one, how to equip one, how to use one, and finally, we’ll cover how to make it work for you long-term. One of our co-founders, Mark DeVries, wrote this book...
No Lone Rangers: Part 4

No Lone Rangers: Part 4

Over the last three weeks, we’ve been talking about innovation teams – why you need them, how to assemble them, and how to equip them. But now that you have this team – what do you do with them? Here, it bears a moment of reflection back to our first entry...