The Innovation Process In Church Congregations.

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The purpose of this study was to describe and explore the process of innovation by using a collective case study with four congregations. The research was organized by four key questions. (1) What is the role of individuals and especially the leader in the process of innovation? (2) What is the structure of the organization in the process of innovation? (3) What role did the culture of the church congregation play in the innovation process? (4) What is the effect of available resources in the process of ...
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Overview

The purpose of this study was to describe and explore the process of innovation by using a collective case study with four congregations. The research was organized by four key questions. (1) What is the role of individuals and especially the leader in the process of innovation? (2) What is the structure of the organization in the process of innovation? (3) What role did the culture of the church congregation play in the innovation process? (4) What is the effect of available resources in the process of innovation? The research was conducted according to the collective case study methodology and included four congregations. Elements of the research included site visits, organizational documents and records, press accounts, internet web sites, and interviews with at least two participants from each congregation. Interviews were transcribed and coded for themes by using qualitative research software. The findings of the research underscore the systemic and complex nature of the innovation process. The significance of major themes of leadership, organizational structure, culture, and available resources was supported by the research data from four congregations. Minor themes of trust, organizational fit, and timing came to light during the research. The research supported the concept that innovation occurs in congregations of differing denominational affiliation; with diverse leaders; and with a wide range of structures and cultures. The role of resources in the innovation process was critical, but closely linked to other factors.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781243688927
  • Publisher: BiblioLabsII
  • Publication date: 9/8/2011
  • Pages: 94
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.19 (d)

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  • Posted December 30, 2011

    Highly recommended- If you are a church leader you'll need to read!

    Innovation and new ideas in church! Sure seems like an oxymoron or paradox to many church leaders. Yet this study clearly shows the process of innovation with the interaction of the individual, the culture, the organizational structure, and the level of resources. If you've wondered why some congregations seem to move ahead and others stay the same you will find some valuable insights in this book!

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