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Creativity chosen as the most crucial factor for future success

March 6, 2011

This comes from a survey conducted by IBM of 1,500 Chief Executive Officers from 60 countries and 33 industries worldwide. It found that

[M]ore than rigor, management discipline, integrity or even vision — successfully navigating an increasing complex world will require creativity.

Below is an image from the article explaining why creativity is such a vital skill to have.

I think this is a pretty fascinating result and one that many non-profits and especially churches could learn much from. It is really frustrating to me when I see organizations doing things a certain way “just because that is how it has always been done.” I hear this a lot in churches.

However, creativity says that we won’t do things one way just because that is the way they have always been done. Creativity says we are willing to re-evaluate what we do and look for news ways of doing things even if that new way seems crazy or radical or dangerous.

Now I am not saying we use creativity to make the gospel relevant to our culture and times.  That is ridiculous. That is not our job. And to be really honest, the gospel does not need our help to be relevant to people of any time or culture. I am pretty sure God can handle that.

No, I am just saying that sometimes what the church could do with more of is disruptive innovation. A look around many congregations would find that most people have settled for a version of Christianity that is passive, small, and safe. A Christianity that doesn’t change them. And then we wonder why people don’t get involved. Why they don’t give sacrificially or at all. Why people don’t share the gospel with those around them.

So, isn’t it time we took a lot at how we do what we do as a Church and ask ourselves these questions: is this the best way to do things? Is what we are doing leading people into a deeper level of relationship with God?  If the answers are no, then maybe it is time for a little creativity?

What do you say? Are you up for it?

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