Greater Things: Unleashing Christian Innovation
By Michael Beck
Desperation is the seedbed of innovation. The last several years seem like an unending series of disruptions to life as we have known it. Amid the challenges, churches of all shapes and sizes started to become more innovative – discovering sparks and signs of new life.
What is different – or should be different – about Christian innovation? Len Wilson, author of Greater Things: The Work of the New Creation, will explore two critical benefits of doing ministry in today’s climate in a webinar on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 5:30 p.m., Central Time. He will offer:
- a thought-provoking exploration of the theological and philosophical history of innovation
- a new vision for how Christians can be creators of change in the world – the kind of innovation our culture desperately needs.
At Fresh Expressions United Methodist, we believe the ultimate act of innovation is the formation of new Christian communities. Jesus founded and is forming the church as his ongoing incarnation in the world. The church can be a key instrument of this new creation work.
The key to a thriving future lies in every single follower of Jesus cultivating new Christian communities among friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers in the everyday spaces where life happens.
We often think about the church in terms of durability. Can we build something that will last? This is the wrong question. “Can we form disciples who will multiply?” is the true question. The church has survived for two thousand years not by staying the same, but by finding unique enculturation among every people, culture, and place across the world. This will be true in the globalized network society as well. The uniqueness of these innovative faith communities will be as diverse as the people who cultivate them, as they proliferate across both onsite and online spaces.
Pulling from the stories of great Christian changemakers throughout history, Len Wilson will introduce a six-step blueprint for Spirit-fueled innovation, helping you discover how you can be part of creating and cultivating authentic flourishing for all, now and for eternity.
Dr. Wilson is an expert in communications and creativity in church life. He is known for his pioneering work in visual storytelling, and he has taught and consulted with organizations and ministries across the country. His life mission is to use oral, written, and visual communication with equal effectiveness in sharing Jesus Christ and advancing God’s kingdom. Len is the author or co-author of ten books. He has been featured in dozens of articles for major religious periodicals, and he has acquired leadership books for Abingdon Press, a division of the United Methodist Publishing House. He currently serves as Director of Innovation and Strategy at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas, a worshiping congregation of more than seven thousand active constituents. He is also the Executive Director of Invite Resources and Publisher at Invite Press. As Invite Publisher, Len seeks to create a culture of ideation, where content makers have the opportunity to share their God-given gifts.
Grab a copy of Len’s latest book, Greater Things: The Work of the New Creation.
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Michael Beck is the Director of Fresh Expressions United Methodist (FXUM) with Path 1 at Discipleship Ministries.