This book offers a practical theology of innovation. It provides rich insights mixed with stories of change in establishing young adult formation, nurturing reconciliation, planting community gardens and rural cafes. Built for Change demonstrates that collaborative change is both practical and possible.
Innovation is not the mysterious pursuit of what is new and hip by a heroic leader. Rather, innovation grows out of a set of collaborative, practical actions shaped by the Biblical story and Christian traditions of innovation. Innovation requires six strengths: being a servant, gardener, builder, resource manager, fool and parent. This makes innovation a team project, emerging as each discerns their strengths, defines their limits and grows as a differently gifted group.
Innovation therefore offers an invitation to spiritual practices that are deep and wide, inward and outward. It emerges from our followership of Jesus the innovator.
I wish Steve had been my Principal. I wish I had something like this to read when I started out as a minister.
The practical examples are wonderful.
Author of Church for Every Context and Fresh Expressions Director of Network Development
Steve Taylor prompts us to change. He is a go-to person for challenge and ideas, grounded in a deep love of God’s world and the varied people in it.
The stories of innovation in this book describe our lived reality. The reflections on leadership help us understand how to do so strategically.
They invite us to stretch – deeper, inward and outward. Change is possible.
Rev Dr Amelia Koh-Butler
Executive Officer Mission Resourcing, Uniting Church of Australia
When it comes to innovation and leading in change, Steve Taylor is a must read. His mix of stories, practical wisdom and depth of theological reflection are a rich blend of positive input.
Presbytery participants kept asking for more from Steve, inspired by his mix of encouragement and challenge.
Rev Barry Ayers
Executive Officer, Alpine Presbytery
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