The Innovative Church: How Leaders and Their Congregations Can Adapt in an Ever-Changing World

The Innovative Church: How Leaders and Their Congregations Can Adapt in an Ever-Changing World

by Scott Cormode


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The church as we know it is calibrated for a world that no longer exists. It needs to recalibrate in order to address the questions that animate today's congregants. Leading congregational studies researcher Scott Cormode explores the role of Christian practices in recalibrating the church for the twenty-first century, offering church leaders innovative ways to express the never-changing gospel to their ever-changing congregations. The book has been road-tested with over one hundred churches through the Fuller Youth Institute and includes five questions that guide Christian leaders who wish to innovate.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781540962263
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/15/2020
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 702,710
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Scott Cormode (PhD, Yale University), an ordained Presbyterian minister, is the Hugh De Pree Professor of Leadership Development at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. He is a senior fellow at the Max De Pree Center for Leadership and the Fuller Youth Institute. Cormode founded the Academy of Religious Leadership and the Journal of Religious Leadership.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xv

1 How the Church Is Calibrated for a World That No Longer Exists 1

2 The Meaning of Christian Innovation 17

3 Leadership Begins with Listening 39

4 Making Spiritual Sense 65

5 Reinvented Practices as Shared Stories of Hope 93

6 A Process for Innovation 113

7 Organizing for Innovation 151

8 Innovation and Change 173

9 The Next Faithful Step 203

10 Recalibrating Church for the Smartphone Generation 229

Appendix: Systematic Listening 243

Notes 245

Index 275

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