Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Innovative vs Effective

I recently read a Swerve blog by the name above. It stirred up a subject I have been thinking about a lot lately. I have talked a lot about innovation over the past 2 years as we have been planning to plant a different kind of church in Paris. In France, there are very few churches really doing anything outside of the traditional mainstream. So we have insisted that we would be innovative to reach the emerging (not 'emergent') generation in Paris.

At the Ethos conference back in November, Erwin McManus really challenged us to realize that there is very little innovation in the church. He points out that most of what is called innovation is really early adoption at best. He was calling for real innovation to take the church to new places. I have really struggled with this concept of real innovation. I tend to think that most of our innovation comes from experiencing things that are new to us. Read my original post on new boxes.

The bottom line of the Great Commision is bringing people in to new life with Christ. I love Mark Batterson's core value "everything is an experiment." He often says that there are ways of doing church that no one has thought of yet. I want to be there. But like that Swerve blogger Bobby Gruenewald, if I had to choose, I would rather be effective than innovative. I hope that we can find new ways of doing church that will more effectively reach more people, but if we find our greatest success in reproducing things that are effective for others, I'll be happy.

I also read a Seth Godin blog tonight on creativity. In the end, if we can come up with great, creative ideas, we still have the difficult task of implementing them. 1% inspiration - 99% perspiration!

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