Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean, Ministry Incubators co-founder and Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church, and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary, has published a new book about innovation that is being called “the book the Church has been waiting for.”
Featuring the inspiring stories, deep theological reflection, and practical application that Dean is known for, this book does for missional innovation work what her earlier work did for youth ministry: pushes it it out of the fringes of church life and into the spotlight. For the church to thrive it needs innovative ideas and institutions willing to try them, and Dean makes the argument that that innovation isn’t just about financial sustainability but more faithfully being God’s people.
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What Christian leaders are saying about the book:
This is the book the Church has been waiting for. Kenda Creasy Dean leads us humbly to discover love’s relentless creativity and imagines a new kind of flourishing. Innovating for Love quickens us to love as we are loved. Indeed, our collective grief has loosened us to receive her timely invitation, to embody God’s new thing. We are all hungry for this message.
Gregory Boyle, Author, Tattoos On The Heart
Kenda Dean knows exactly what time it is in the church. It is time to come to terms with our common weariness about a church that is excessively compromised and accommodated to culture. More than that, it is time to let the deep mandate of love energize new entrepreneurial efforts to explore new ways of ministry. Dean is utterly serious and completely convinced that the church, because of its singular mandate to love, can indeed be innovative in ways that add real value to human life, citing numerous specific examples of innovative church initiatives and an extended battery of “practices” in the art of innovation. Dean invites us to a fresh breath in the church that is nothing less than the gift of the Spirit.
Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary