Innovating for Love

Featuring Kenda Dean & Hosted by Kay Kotan

Innovating for Love is a sixsession interactive experience for pastors and 35 lay leaders to explore how their communities can get unstuck, make a fresh impact, and follow God’s dream for the world.

(Don’t delay; registration is limited!)

Cohort Info

Cohort Overview

Gather your local church’s Innovation Team (pastor and 3–5 laypeople) and dive into this virtual, six-session, enlightening and interactive experience. Using the book Innovating for Love: Joining God’s Expedition through Christian Social Innovation (purchased by each participant at registration) and the Innovating for Love Guidebook (provided after registration), participants will discover:

The Map for Innovation
How to Determine the Church’s Readiness for Innovation
Having the Empathy Conversations
Chasing God’s Dreams
Determining What Makes a Good Idea
And Much More!

Each 90-minute session will include live time with Kenda sharing her insights and experience along with questions to guide your Innovation Team on their journey of discernment and discovery.  An inspiring, real-life innovation story will be shared each session.  Your Innovation Team will be provided time in a breakout room to process and determine next steps during each session.  The provided Innovating for Love Guidebook will provide direction and steps for your Innovation Team throughout the Cohort experience.

About Kenda

Rev. Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean not only wrote the book on Innovating for Love: Joining God’s Expedition through Christian Social Innovation (and other books, too) but also has extensive experience in new ministry development, nonprofit ministry, and social innovation.  Kenda is the Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church, and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary, where she teaches practical theology, education, and formation (specifically youth and young adult ministry, Christian social innovation, and theories of teaching).  She also directs numerous grants on youth, innovation, and the church, and is a cofounder of Ministry Incubators, LLC. You will not want to miss this opportunity to learn from Kenda!

Leading by Example

The sessions will spotlight inspiring stories of Christian social innovation through startup and evolution, including from

Vicente Del Real of Iskali
Chelsea Spyres with Wilmington Kitchen Collective
Monique Harrington with Way Club
Amanda Miller Garber with The Struggle Bus
Matt Overton with The Columbia Future Forge
Nate Stucky of The Farminary Project
Michael Scott of The Children’s Table

The Facts


First Session:  Asynchronous

(After Registration, Before January 11)

Cohort Sessions Two – Six 

Wednesdays @ 7:00-8:30pm (EST) on January 11, 18, 25, February 1, & 8.



$270 plus books

(The PDF workbook will be available by December 24.)



You can add optional individualized coaching for your Innovation Team with Kay Kotan or a team member from Ministry Incubators to assist your Innovation Team with testing, problem solving, and implementing.

Seven hours of professional, focused coaching for $1500.