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Ministry Innovation-Tools for Solving the Problems Overwhelming Your Church

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Innovation for Stuck Churches: Problem Solving Strategies and Creative Thinking Tools to Reinvent Your Congregation

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With so much change, people are tired, anxious and out of ideas. You need new skills for innovating creative solutions when faced with unexpected challenges.

This track of the Resilient Church Academy will equip you to unleash your congregation’s God-given creativity.

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  • Tuesdays from 11am - 1pm Eastern
  • Sept 15,22,29 & Oct 6

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September 15 - Session 1: Recovering Our God-Given Capacity to Create, Innovate, and Explore What do the scriptures have to say about the core capacities of curiosity, risk-taking, and playfulness that allow for innovation? In this session we will examine the permission and practices that flow from a theology of play and exploration. We will then focus our attention and curiosity on the places we usually get stuck as people and teams.

September 22 - Session 2: Cultivating Creativity in Your Life, Teams, and Churches Building a life and workplace where creativity can grow and flourish takes time and intentionality. In this session we will take a look at what is needed to help creativity grow in your personal life, acquire practices and techniques to foster creativity in your church, and learn how to hold an idea-generating meeting with your teams.

September 29 - Session 3: Understanding Human Centered Design / Design-Thinking This session will help you understand what 'Human Centered Design' is and the 'Design Thinking' process, used by some of the world’s most innovative companies, and how you can adapt this process in order to problem solve. We will do a deep-dive into the frameworks and methodologies and explore tools that you can use to utilize the process in your church leadership context.

October 6 - Session 4: Divergent-Thinking Tools We will explore how divergent thinking works and whether creativity is a gift from on high or a universally-shared muscle. We will demonstrate and practice divergent thinking together and apply those skills and outcomes to our respective ministry contexts.

About Your Instructors:

Dave Bindewald is the founder and director of the Center for Play and Exploration. His education in psychology, philosophy, education, and theology comes from Geneva College, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and Trinity School for Ministry. He is curious about almost anything, but a few of his current favorite things are baseball, history, the Large Hadron Collider, rock n' roll, and humor. Dave lives in Highland Park with his wife and three daughters.

Mitch Marcello is the Director of the Acts Network, a collection of fresh expressions of faith connected with the local church. He works with leaders to discover their creativity and playfulness in ministry contexts in order to explore what faith and church look like in shifting culture. Mitch works at First United Methodist Church in Williamsport, PA, and has helped start fourteen faith initiatives, communities, and worship experiences. Mitch holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts and an Artist Diploma from Carnegie Mellon University and is currently pursuing his Masters in Creativity and Innovation through Drexel University. He and his wife Elizabeth share a passion for play, curiosity, and discovering the goodness of God in every square inch of creation.

Sarah Keasler serves as Director of Innovation and Ministry Effectiveness with Fresh Expressions US. She is responsible for fostering innovative approaches and growing the importance of user experience (UX) research and innovation in service of Fresh Expressions’ strategic initiatives. Keasler is a leader in non-profit management and human-centered design methodologies, and has received her undergraduate degree from University of Miami and her MBA from Friends University, with a concentration in Change Management and Innovation. Sarah and her husband Keas live in Wichita, KS with their baby boy Theo.

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