I have been thinking again about innovation. Ed Bahler was challenging me with the idea from the Innovators Dilemma (which I have just ordered). The basic concept is that even the most innovative and best-managed companies (or churches), in spite of their attention to
customers and continual investment in new technology, are susceptible
to failure because these companies (or churches) tend to continue to do business the way they always have done business.
It seems to me that the only way to break out of that innovators dilemma is to continually surround yourself with innovators and people who are inventing the new tomorrow. And the best way to do that in the church world is to become a reproducing church. Start new sites with young emerging leaders and listen to their new ideas. Start new churches and get close enough to them that you can learn from them and break out of your old paradigms. Begin a church planting network and find yourself immersed in a conversation of new and innovative thinking about reaching people far from God. I think we need to be reproducing churches not only so that we can start new sites, churches and networks to help people find their way back to God; we also need to be reproducing churches so that our existing churches remain relevant to an ever-changing world! Agree? Disagree?