Control vs Organic Growth

On his blog yesterday, Seth Godin offered several examples of organizations or movements that have achieved organic and viral growth. Here is his brief analysis of what these groups do well: Invent a connection venue or format, but give up some control. Show it can be done, but don't insist that … Read more about Control vs Organic Growth

Hoping for Polarity Management at GA221

One of the most influential mental models that I came across during my time serving on the first Mid Councils Commission (2010-2012) was the concept of polarity management. On the recommendation of one of the executive presbyters we met with, I picked up Barry Johnson's book Polarity Management: … Read more about Hoping for Polarity Management at GA221

The Church as Blueberry Pancake

It was either Rocky Supinger or Greg Bolt that turned me on to marketing guru Seth Godin. I subscribed to his blog and read it with interest. I often find in his posts compelling connections or challenges for the church. I've considered writing posts that tease out these connections, so here's a … Read more about The Church as Blueberry Pancake

Our Preferred Connectionalism

This week I have written a few posts about connectionalism and reform in the Presbyterian Church (USA). If I were to summarize the basic idea I've been working on, it is this: a kind of relational networking---as opposed to existing forms of regulated and structured Presbyterianism---is emerging as … Read more about Our Preferred Connectionalism

Toward a Better Connectionalism

When asked what it is about Presbyterianism that people most value,  connectionalism always emerges as an essential element of this way of being Christian. Yet no one really seems to know what this means. Some might quote the Book of Order: "Congregations of the Presbyterian Church (USA), while … Read more about Toward a Better Connectionalism

Non-Competitive Christianity (Part 2)

Yesterday I outlined a vision of non-competitive Christianity that primarily focuses on articulating and living out the gospel as we each understand it rather than engaging in endless polemics with Christians who understand the gospel differently. In a helpful comment, Michael Kruse adds insight and … Read more about Non-Competitive Christianity (Part 2)

Where is the Connectionalism?

I was in a meeting today discussing the rationale for why a presbytery should be involved in camping ministry. As a starter, a member of our team took three responsibilities of presbyteries as outlined in the Book of Order (G-11.0103) and suggested how a presbytery camping ministry corresponds to … Read more about Where is the Connectionalism?