Scott Cormode, PhD, is a senior fellow at the Max De Pree Center for Leadership and is the Hugh De Pree Associate Professor of Leadership Development at Fuller Seminary. The Hugh De Pree faculty chair was established by the family of the late Hugh De Pree, an accomplished leader and former CEO of Herman Miller, Inc., and brother of Max De Pree.
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The Innovative Church: How Leaders and Their Congregations Can Adapt in an Ever-Changing World
The Innovative Church: How Leaders and Their Congregations Can Adapt in an Ever-Changing World The church as we know it is calibrated for a…Read Post
The best leaders change the way that we see the world by changing “mental models” – just as Jesus did.Read Post
God Gives the Increase
Christian leadership is like farming. There are no guaranteed outcomes. All we can do is create the environment for growth and then pray that God gives the increase.Read Post
The Apostle Paul prays that not that God will do anything new, but instead that the Ephesians will see what God has already done.Read Post
Christian leaders do not have followers; they have people entrusted to their care. And sometimes God rolls those people into our lives like tumbleweeds.Read Post
The Meaning of Christian Leadership
We Christians spend our days and nights like farmers; we are tending the people whom God has entrusted to our care. But we cannot make the people grow.Read Post
With Ideas, Quantity Creates Quality
Ideas are like saplings; you measure them in quantity, not quality.Read Post
Christian Leaders Transform Mental Models
Transforming mental models is so powerful because the new mental models change the way people act in the world.Read Post
Mental Models, MLK, and Christian Innovation
Mental models define how we think things “should” be. They create, without our knowing it, the boundaries of what is possible in our minds. The genius of Dr Martin Luther King, among other things, was his ability to create new mental models.Read Post
How to Learn to Listen Well
This little piece will offer an analogy for how to learn to listen so as to be transformed. Then it will offer some steps to help yourself and your congregation learn to listen well.Read Post
Webinar: Innovation for Vocation
Webinar by Scott Cormode, hosted by Michaela O’Donnell Long.
This webinar described how Scott’s research on innovation can help us reinvent the Christian practice of vocation.Read Post
Webinar: The Innovative Church
Webinar by Scott Cormode, hosted by Tod Bolsinger.
This webinar describes a process for innovation that any congregation can adapt to their own context and setting.Read Post
Calibrated for a World that No Longer Exists
There is no time, however, to wait to figure things out. By the time that the church figures out how to respond to this social change, a new one will be upon us. We cannot wait for things to settle down before responding to change. The tune keeps changing just as we learn the rhythm. We must figure out how to recalibrate on the fly.Read Post
We must define our neighbor the way that Jesus did. In the parable of the Good Samaritan, the priest and the Levite are so wrapped up in their own business that they never acknowledge the needs of the hurting man: they decline to be a neighbor to the wounded man; they never acknowledge him as their neighbor. In the same way, we in the church can get so caught up in our own agendas that we neglect to listen to the people entrusted to our care. If leadership begins with listening, then we must be neighbors and listen to the people whom God has placed in our lives.Read Post
The Wrong Mental Model Can Trap You
Congregations can also trap individuals within a story. For example, I was not sure I was a Christian until I could fit myself into the Christian story. Anyone who has spent much time in an evangelical congregation can testify to the pervasive power of the conversion narrative. The narrative structure says that people become Christians by turning from a life of sin to embrace the good news of the gospel. The structure presumes a dramatic turn.Read Post