What Is a ‘New Initiative?’ A Working Definition for Ministry Innovators
A new initiative might be a project built on a bare foundation that seeks to utilize the gifts already present in a community to embody the good news of Jesus Christ in a particular time and place as we address concrete needs, build community, empower leaders, etc.
A new initiative might also be an advancement to a pre-existing effort that makes a long-standing initiative more holistic, expansive, and faithful to what it can mean to be the church in a particular time and place. The invitation to dream about new initiatives is an invitation to adapt ministry, guided by the Spirit, to the changing community in our pews and the changing world around us as participants in God’s mission of reconciliation.
Click below on helpful resources on understanding and dreaming about new initiatives:
- Key Questions for Ministry Innovation
- ABCs of Grant Writing
- Design Thinking Resources
- Matryoshka Haus: A Game Designed for Dreaming About New Possibilities
- Definition of a New Worshiping Community