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the
Faithful
Innovation
Framework

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Faithful innovation means learning new ways
to embody Christian identity and purpose
in a changing cultural context.


It's about adopting practices

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and habits

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that allow the treasures of Christian tradition

to speak afresh today.

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Often, it involves the rediscovery of ancient spiritual practices

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as much as the discovery of new technologies.

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Faithful innovation requires the entire people of God, not just the pastor, to participate in discerning where God is leading.

Who are faithful innovators?

 
 
 

A passionate community of lay and ordained leaders from across the Christian landscape

 
 
 

who want to grow in their capacity to live out a gospel witness in today's cultures.

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Why do we innovate faithfully?

Because we believe:

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The Triune God is actively creating, reconciling, healing, and restoring the world.

God is with us in Christ and invites us to join in what God is doing.

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The reconciling and renewing gospel of Jesus Christ is a matter of life and death for the whole world.

The Holy Spirit gathers and sustains the local church.

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The primary leader of the local church is God.

All baptized Christians are called to follow Jesus by joining God's work in daily life.

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Together with our communities, we engage in three core practices:

Listen

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to God,

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one another,

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and neighbors.

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Act

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experimentally,

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collaboratively,

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and reflectively.

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Share

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generously

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with the church

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and world.

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Leaders are called to embody and equip their communities in these core tasks:

Connect with God

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  • Christian communities need a Christ-centered identity,

  • grounded in theology, scripture, and spiritual practice,

  • that empowers them to live as disicples of Jesus Christ in everyday life.

Tell the Story

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  • All baptized Christians need to be equipped to tell the story of Jesus

  • and invite others in to Jesus’ way of life and love

  • in words secular neighbors can recognize.

Cultivate Community

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  • Christian communities need to be centers of deep listening,

  • where God’s presence is named

  • and life-giving relationships are formed

  • across all dimensions of diversity, both within and beyond the church.

Practice Justice

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  • Through mutual relationships with the neighbors among whom they’re hosted,

  • Christian communities need to join in acts of compassion, justice, and reconciliation

  • as a witness to the ministry of Jesus—

  • particularly in places of suffering and despair.

Shift Ministry Models

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  • Christian communities need to harness skills

  • of agile leadership, stewardship, social entrepreneurism, and management

  • to be nimble enough to respond to a changing cultural landscape.