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Innovation: the Discipline of Newness

So many congregations seek to do new things. Creativity doesn't just materialize. Innovation thrives in a culture of resilience, discipline, and openness to new life. This collection features a book, articles and a game; all pointing to the wonder of innovation. Congregations have always been changing and growing and expressing new ways to express time-tested spiritual wisdom.


5 Resources
From the Staff From the Staff
Your Congregation and Innovation
The Harvard Business Review defines innovation as “the difficult discipline of newness.” What...
Why We Aren't Learning
This article identifies four factors that keep congregational leaders from adapting.
Mission: Possible
This board game empowers teams to tackle problems by generating creative solutions, drawing on...
Something More
This visually-engaging report highlights 10 innovative faith communities to spark...
The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity
This resource offers rich descriptions of the various forms of congregations emerging, ranging...


Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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