Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The Persistent Innovator

One of the realities of innovation is that it takes time . . .

It takes time because we live busy lives. It takes time because unlike the inventors of 100 years ago who locked themselves in closets and came out with a prototype, we are working 60-80 hours and still trying to be innovative.

The key to innovation in our day is persistence. We cannot hope to have the time and focus of Edison or Einstein. Especially because we are talking about holistic innovation here. We are not only out there thinking grand thoughts but we are in the field working as well.

But if we take time and make many little steps, we can still see innovation happen. As we chip away at a problem - try this and try that - we will begin to see the bigger picture. It is then that the major innovation might just break through.


Monday, February 19, 2007

What is Kingdom Impact?

In the subtitle of our book we talk about "Insights into Practical Innovations Creating Kingdom Impact," so the question is very relevant. What is it?

The parables of Jesus come to mind as we consider this question. Both the parable of the sower and the parable of the talents talk about resources that were at a person's disposal. Some of the resources were used wisely and had great benefit and others were not used wisely and were waisted.

Kingdom Impact is really about the marrying of resources with God-sized results. This means that Kingdom Impact is not something that people can do - it is something that God must do. But God chose to work through us in this world so we have an opportunity to share in that impact.

The question that I consider quite often in the ministry world is this, "How much of our ministry efforts are creating Earthly Impact vs. Kingdom Impact. Every time we roll out an initiative, plant a church, use a new technology, we should be asking this question. Is it being done in our power at our suggestion or is God breathing life into this effort?

Innovation within a Kingdom context is a tricky thing because innovation is all about proactive creativity. It is very easy in that environment to do things that we want to do instead of listening to God and doing things that He wants done.

As innovators we must seek to be intentional about our time with God so that we can discern which of the "cool" ideas we are processing really have "Kingdom Potential."

Innovation in Mission Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECompany Contact: Dana CarringtonCompany Name: Authentic
Address: 285 Lynnwood Ave
Tyrone, GA 30290
Phone: 1-678-327-3486
Email: dana.carrington@stl.org

Authentic launches Innovation in Mission

February 7, 2007 – STL/Authentic is pleased to announce a timely and relevant title that will change the way the church embraces new ideas and practices in missions.

In Innovation in Mission: Insights into Practical Innovations Creating Kingdom Impact, Jim Reapsome and Jon Hirst bring together creative national and international mission practitioners to describe new practices in their specialties. Roger Peterson, CEO of STEM Intl, addresses the new ideas surrounding short-term missions and shares case studies from churches, sending agencies, and a radio station. Joseph Vijayam, founder and president of Olive Technology, delves into the realm of tentmaking while Kurt Wilson, president of Compass Outreach Media, concentrates on what he calls “media missionaries.” The innovations they present are real and are influencing the method of missions today.

Scott Moreau, editor of Evangelical Missions Quarterly, said, “Innovation in Mission excites me like no other missions book I’ve ever read; I came away energized and full of new ideas and possibilities.” Greg Yoder, executive director and anchor for Mission Network News, said this book “force[s] reader[s] to think outside the box and become innovators themselves in evangelism, discipleship, and church planting.”

Authentic has long been known for its continuing contribution to the subject of missions. For more information about this resource as well as others, please visit www.authenticbooks.com. For more information about the book, please visit www.innovationinmission.com.

Established in 1962 as the literature distribution division of Operation Mobilization, STL is a not for profit corporation whose mission statement is to “Advance the Christian Faith”. STL UK is the largest provider of Christian product in Great Britain and Europe while STL, Inc. serves the US Christian publishing and retailing community with excellence through its seven distinct divisions:
· STL/Publisher Services offers a full line of distribution services to clients in the US, UK, and Europe.
· STL/FaithWorks provides sales, marketing, warehousing, and fulfillment services to small and mid-sized Christian publishers.
· STL/Appalachian Distributors is one of the two largest wholesalers of Christian product in the US and provides industry leading customer service, fill rates, and delivery speed.
· STL/Homeschool Headquarters provides retailers with quality educational resources as well as professional marketing assistance.
· STL/Authentic publishes resources to engage the global community in relevant issues of mission, evangelism, discipleship, and biblical studies while STL/Paternoster continues its 70-year tradition of publishing books for the thoughtful Christian reader. STL/ Authentic is also the publisher for World Vision.
· STL/Great Value Books is the overstock and remainder division of STL US and offers high discount products to North American markets.
· STL/International provides affordable books and Bibles to overseas markets.
STL’s goal is to provide the highest quality products and services to the Christian publishing and retailing community.


Wednesday, February 07, 2007


One of the keys to innovation is beginning to build a network around a new idea. The seeds of innovation can be developed individually, but it is in community that they thrive.

So many times we have this view of the inventor back in the garage who comes out with this incredible new concept. Sure that does happen, but it is much more likely that a person will come up with an idea and then shop it around to their peers.

As this interaction happens, the idea is tested, debated, improved and modified. Out of this process a successful prototype can emerge that is well rounded and grounded in reality.

So lets get practical. I work with HCJB Global and we are beginning to test the use of YouTube.com as a tool to share what God is doing in missions. I am not alone - Jews for Jesus, SIM, World Venture and a few others are also doing this.

So I am forming a YouTube Group called MissionalTube in order to share and discuss how this new social network can be harnessed to share about missions.

Do you want to join - send me a note at our site www.youtube.com/hcjbglobal.