Those characteristics are essential to engaging “disruptive innovation.”

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Our problems don’t start with politicians. They start with our self-absorption. Language creates culture, and when we are railing at the problems of our nation, we should look in the mirror. Our very words betray a narcissism that revolves the world around ourselves.
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Wednesday, 23 November 2011 00:00

TRENDING: Evangelism from macro to micro

Refreshing is a recent trend of using the biblical language of evangelism with a “person of peace.” When Jesus sent out disciples, some found traction in one home and none in the next. Jesus’ counsel? Shake the dust off of your feet where there is no hearing, and remain in the house where there is.

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Robert Greenleaf coined the phrase “servant leadership” in 1970.  This idea became a counterpoint to power-based, hierarchical models of how we lead. Many others (Peter Drucker, Max DePree, Peter Senge, Ken Blanchard, etc.) later added harmonies to the melody, signaling notes about leaders.
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The churches of New Zealand (not to mention the Mid-Atlantic) are no longer the stack-pole around which the city gathers. But that is not necessarily cause for weeping. It may give us an angle from which we can address a healing, saving word to our community.
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It is standard Baptist practice in New Zealand Baptist life that congregations have appointed elders as the key leadership body alongside the pastor(s). I interviewed 20 of the 250 congregations in the nation, and every one of them was elder-led.
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Monday, 23 May 2011 00:00

TRENDING: Froth or prophecy?

While trends are often froth, sometimes they clue us in to the movement of the Holy Spirit. Part of the work of the Spence Network is to “scout” for where God might be at work so that the church might respond faithfully. It’s in that spirit that we begin this watchful column.
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Thursday, 13 October 2011 00:00

TRENDING: ‘Five-fold’ ministry

The 1980s brought a proliferation of “spiritual gifts inventories.” Trending today is a new iteration of the same impulse to align strengths with roles for serving Christ. It uses the “APEPT” or “five-fold ministry” language of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher. Google “APEPT” and see what pops.
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Monday, 12 August 2013 00:00

TRENDING: Continuous partial attention

Around the turn of the century, tech-industry veteran Linda Stone coined the term, “continuous partial attention.” This state is, in the words of her June interview in The Atlantic, “the modern predicament of being constantly attuned to everything without fully concentrating on anything.”
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Tuesday, 21 June 2011 00:00

TRENDING: Rhythym of life

Peter Drucker famously remarked that the three most difficult jobs in the United States were university president, hospital administrator and pastor of a local church. Yet no one seems to be able to explain what a minister does. There are common (and usually passive-aggressive) jokes about it.
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