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Author: Scott Cormode

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Mental Models

The best leaders change the way that we see the world by changing “mental models” – just as Jesus did.

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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.

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Enlightened Eyes

The Apostle Paul prays that not that God will do anything new, but instead that the Ephesians will see what God has already done.

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Tumbleweeds

Christian leaders do not have followers; they have people entrusted to their care.  And sometimes God rolls those people into our lives like tumbleweeds.

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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. We do not operate an assembly line; there is no guaranteed outcome. We nurture our people by creating an environment conducive to growth, then we hand our people over to God. Only God can give the increase. If we are to innovate our way into the world that just now exists, we will need to think like farmers.

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With Ideas, Quantity Creates Quality

Ideas are like saplings; you measure them in quantity, not quality. Because we cannot know which saplings will grow into great redwoods and we cannot postpone evaluating our work until the ideas have grown, we measure innovation in numbers, not size—just as Edison did.

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Christian Leaders Transform Mental Models

Transforming mental models is so powerful because the new mental models change the way people act in the world.

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MLK in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, August 28, 1963. The purpose of the march was to advocate for the civil and economic rights of African Americans.

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.

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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.

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Webinar: Innovation for Vocation

View the Webinar Now: This webinar was co-sponsored by Fuller’s De Pree Center and the Oikonomia Network. It was recorded on Thursday, October 22,…

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Webinar: The Innovative Church

Watch the Webinar Now: This webinar was presented by Fuller’s De Pree Center and recorded on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 10:00AM (PT) via…

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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.

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Tumbleweeds

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.

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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.

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Listening with Empathy

The difference between empathy and sympathy has to do with the effect each one has on the person in pain. “Empathy fuels connection,” according to Brené Brown; “Sympathy drives disconnection.” And “what makes something better is connection.”

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