Who’s Messing with the Church?!?!

Dr. Donahue works with catalytic leaders and leadership teams to help leaders maximize their leadership capacity, sharpen missional clarity, build transformational groups and teams. He is a growth coach to senior leaders who act as catalysts for change personally and organizationally.

Clayton Christensen of Harvard Business School argues for “disruptive innovations” because organizations that only invest in “sustaining innovations” leave the door open to disruptive innovations. Here are some examples from his innovation model.(You can read more in the links in this article).

Disruptor
Cellular phones
Community colleges
Discount retailers
Retail medical clinics
Disruptee
Fixed line telephony
Four-year colleges
Full-service department stores
Traditional doctor’s offices

Q:What “disruptive innovations” have taken place in the church?

Multi-site, missional communities, on-line training, simulcast conferences, multi-leader staffs. Each has disrupted the conventional thinking or models that prevailed (like single site churches, traditional small groups, on-campus training, single-site live conferences, hierarchical staff models, etc.)

What about the future of the church? Who amongst us is willing to make a mess, becoming what you were NOT allowed to be in school or even in seminary — DISRUPTIVE!

Sounds like fun.

Hand me the paint and the crayons!

Dr. Donahue works with catalytic leaders and leadership teams to help leaders maximize their leadership capacity, sharpen missional clarity, build transformational groups and teams. He is a growth coach to senior leaders who act as catalysts for change personally and organizationally.

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2 thoughts on “Who’s Messing with the Church?!?!

  1. Great post and great timing. I just came back from a teaching team meeting in which one leader was challenged to really think outside of the box (paradigm) when it comes to Sunday Celebration gatherings. This is a brother who is already very innovative and ahead of the game when compared to the typical “Disruptee” as outlined in the innovation model. However, we all get to a point in our paradigm expansion when a ‘disruptor’ pushes us beyond a mere stretch, and on to the point of a paradigm shift. It should go without saying that all disruptions are not from God. However, when they are, they not only stretch, but they also bust our paradigm, ushering in what the physicist Thomas Kuhn described as a Revolution (Kuhn helped coin the phrase paradigm shift). The tension lies in moving with the Spirit’s call to ‘disrupt’, while firmly keeping our roots anchored in the unchanging truth found in Scripture. Yet, the more I listen to the Spirit, feast on His Word, and take an honest evaluation of the church, the more I sense that He is calling us to a disruption beyond our preconceived innovations could have ever imagined! May we live to see a disruption that leads to Spirit led Revolution!

  2. Very insightful and you honor the tension we must balance (and the pride we must avoid) if we think we are disruptors when, in reality, we are just being annoying, or seeking innovation for innovation’s sake. – Grace.