Adapt Or Die: 6 Steps to Becoming an Innovative Church
How to foster an atmosphere where new ideas are celebrated and the gospel is honored.
  • They need to know what’s better about the new thing
  • They deserve not to be surprised when it happens

6. Lead By Example

Pastors, how have you changed in ways that the congregation can see?

In the 23 years I’ve pastored my current church, I’ve changed how I minister in every imaginable way. From the way I dress, to the way I preach, and just about everything in between. It was painful at first. It’s fun now.

An innovative church is only possible when it’s led by an adapting pastor.

No, I didn't make those changes to be cool, different or even relevant. I changed on the outside because I’m still changing on the inside.

God is still working on me. I’m not a finished product any more than our church building or programs are. And neither are you.

Pastors, take a serious and realistic look at yourself. Is the growth of Christ on the inside of you evidenced in any way on the outside? If not, is it possible you’re not really growing at all?

An innovative church is only possible when it’s led by an adapting pastor.

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