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Part 4: Leadership to Foster Innovative Church Cultures

Part 4: Leadership to Foster Innovative Church Cultures

As the cultural managers of their churches, there are three timeless and placeless attributes of leaders who successfully foster cultures in which people eagerly participate in the ideation, development, and implementation of new ideas. Part 3 of this 4-part series covered the first two: risk-taking and trust-building.

The third key characteristic church leaders must personify to cultivate an innovative church community is collaboration. Innovation simply does not happen in isolation.

Part 3: Leadership To Foster Innovative Church Cultures

Part 3: Leadership To Foster Innovative Church Cultures

In the first part of this 4-part series, we looked at why millions of people worldwide are leaving our churches and Christianity as they know it, but also how Jesus eliminated all the barriers to the Gospel. In the second part, we looked at the role church leaders play in fostering innovative church cultures that provide significant positive change in people’s lives. And the three timeless and placeless attributes of leaders who successfully foster cultures in which people eagerly participate in the ideation, development, and implementation of new ideas!

The first key leadership characteristic church leaders need to exemplify to foster an innovative church culture is risk-taking. Doing anything new inherently involves risk. According to innovation historian Scott Berkun, “there is no way to avoid all risks when doing a new thing.”

Part 2: Leadership to Foster Innovative Church Cultures

Part 2: Leadership to Foster Innovative Church Cultures

In Part 1 of this 4-Part series, we looked at why millions of people worldwide are leaving our churches and Christianity as they know it. We also saw how Jesus eliminated all the barriers to the Gospel and that the same needs to be said of our churches today. So what role do church leaders play in fostering innovative church cultures that provide significant positive change in people’s lives?

Church leaders obviously provide theological direction for their congregations. What might not be so obvious is that they also determine the culture of their churches.

Part 1: Leadership to Foster Innovative Church Cultures

Part 1: Leadership to Foster Innovative Church Cultures

As Christ-followers, we dream of being part of a Gospel movement that not only transforms people’s lives but the world around us. And yet, the world over, ministries are shrinking, and church attendance is declining. From the inside looking out, it appears that there are more time-consuming, inferior activities than ever creating overloaded schedules and leaving us increasingly frustrated with the demands of contemporary culture.

The reality is that around the globe, people are leaving churches and Christianity as they know it citing irrelevance, a disconnect between head and heart, and unrelatable church cultures as their primary reasons. In this four part series, we’ll be looking into how church leaders can help their Gospel communities better respond to this global trend.

Culture Changes Save Churches

Culture Changes Save Churches

Today’s Star Tribune article highlighting the trend of church doors closing and mainline denominations declining is sadly not surprising to a leadership consultant to churches. While there are a number of great things still happening in these aging congregations from soup kitchens to care for widows and the elderly, a glaring reality is that the congregations are in fact aging. The average member has been a supporter for over a decade. New people don’t stick out like a sore thumb for they haven’t walked in the doors in years. With an inability to reach new people with the Good News of Jesus, the doors will inevitably close as members lives come to an end this side of heaven. But it doesn’t have to end this way for mature churches if a few cultural changes are heeded.