In a time when congregations and related institutions need to experiment to make the work more sustainable, we need to discern which innovations to nurture. The discernment process starts with a simple question: Why?
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Mainline Protestants can still have an exciting and life-giving future -- if they learn the lessons of disruptive innovation from the steel industry and other organizations, say three Christian institutional leaders.
Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen says innovations need, among other things, independence, leaders with varied experience, a new economic model and commitment from the top.