Built for change : A practical theology of innovation and collaboration
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.
- Paperback | 204 pages
- 148 x 210 x 12mm | 272g
- 13 May 2016
- Mediacom Education Inc
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 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. Michael Moynagh Author of Church for Every Context and Fresh Expressions Director of Network Development This is the book to read, re read, reflect, buy for leadership teams, read, re read, reflect. It's not a quick fix, it's adaptive leadership and way more. It's the story of adaptive leadership in practice and much more. He uses image of Servant/listener, Gardener, Builder, Resource Manager Fool and Parent to unpack Adaptive leadership in I Cor 3 and 4 and applies this to National Church life survey. I have already done a Elders/leaders seminar for another Church using the models in this book and it really connected with them, we meet again in Six months to review progress. This by the way was in preparation for a new placement coming in 2017 to the Church so in my words they can be built for Change. Congratulations Steve Taylor Rev Peter Overton