The Innovative Church

How Leaders and Their Congregations Can Adapt in an Ever-Changing World

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The church as we know it is calibrated for a world that no longer exists. It needs to recalibrate in order to address the questions that animate today's congregants. Leading congregational researcher Scott Cormode explores the role of Christian practices in recalibrating the church for the twenty-first century, offering church leaders innovative ways to express the never-changing gospel to their ever-changing congregations. The book has been road-tested with over one hundred churches through the Fuller Youth Institute and includes five questions that guide Christian leaders who wish to innovate.

1. How the Church Is Calibrated for a World That No Longer Exists
2. The Meaning of Christian Innovation
3. Leadership Begins with Listening
4. Making Spiritual Sense
5. Reinvented Practices as Shared Stories of Hope
6. A Process for Innovation
7. Organizing for Innovation
8. Innovation and Change
9. The Next Faithful Step
10. Recalibrating Church for the Smartphone Generation
Appendix: Systematic Listening


"Scott's thoughtful and practical insights on innovation have helped countless churches and ministry organizations. Now they can impact yours as well. He is a reliable voice and trusted resource for all leaders who want to bring adaptive change to the people and contexts they serve. Trust me, you'll keep this book close and refer to it often!"

Kara Powell, executive director, Fuller Youth Institute; coauthor of Growing Young and Growing With

"We live in a moment when the need for churches to innovate has become undeniable. Yet that innovation must carry forward the best of Christian traditions so that they might faithfully offer life, hope, and healing to the world today. This book distills enormous wisdom in an accessible and practical, yet intellectually rigorous, guide for all those seeking to lead the church to adapt and flourish in trying times. Scott Cormode speaks to the heart of the challenges facing the church and offers hopeful ways forward."

Dwight Zscheile, vice president of innovation and associate professor of congregational mission and leadership, Luther Seminary

The Author

  1. Scott Cormode

    Scott Cormode

    Scott Cormode (PhD, Yale University), an ordained Presbyterian minister, is the Hugh De Pree Professor of Leadership Development at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. He is a senior fellow at the Max De Pree Center for Leadership and the Fuller...

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