Top 25 Fastest Growing Large United Methodist Churches, 2017 Edition

How do churches grow? The best way to know this question may be to look very closely at churches that are growing the best. Learning from other good ideas, or what’s called “Small I” innovation, can help. But in my annual list of the top 25 fastest growing churches, most don’t just practice Small I – they pursue Big I innovation, which is something totally different.

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Small Innovations are Neat, but Big I Creates Real Growth

There’s a spectrum of innovation that happens when we think creatively about our problems. Most of us aim for small innovations all the time. A better process for retaining guests. A more efficient way to track paper costs. A social media strategy that results in higher engagement. And so on. But while we spend most of our energy on Small I, it’s Big I that creates real growth. Further, Small I rarely leads to Big I. Big I is something else entirely.Further, Small I rarely leads to Big I. Big I is something else entirely.

Leadership to unlock team creativity, not destroy it

Most teams tasked with creating something will never be able to overcome the silos that prevent their creativity from spreading across an organization. Here’s why and what to do about it.

The Life Cycle of a Creative Idea And A Technique for Growth

There’s a life cycle to every creative idea. You can plot it, on a grid defined by Time on the X-axis and Awesome on the Y-axis. If you chart your current work on this map, you can learn where to apply your creative energy.

The Number One Reason Most Good Ideas Fail

Many people make the fatal decision to invest critical, precious time and money into ideas that are doomed for lack of this basic requirement.

How acting fast on your rough idea makes it better

Have an idea? Don’t wait – Use your momentum to activate it, now. Even if it’s not perfect, get it online asap, then if it’s worth it, make upgrades and improvements as you go.

If You Want To Create Great Things, Stop Punishing Failure

The fear that we might get in trouble is so intense that if there’s even a hint of judgment we will shut down our creative thinking. The way past? Stop punishing failure.

A Little Idea to Kill Clutter and Improve Communication with 3×3 Cards

Everybody wants promotion, but if everyone gets equal promotion, the result is a cluttered mess. How do you organize print collateral into a single presentation? I designed a new deliverable: 3×3 cards.

How To Find Your Creative Vision – Or Make It Better

Creative vision is a clearly defined, unrealized image of the future, based on our source of un-peace, that inspires others to join together in co-labor to inherit God’s lost gift. Every one of us has a creative vision for the future, but many of us don’t know it. If your vision isn’t something that makes you want to jump up and run around the room, then it’s not good enough. Here’s how to make it better.

Walt’s Breakthrough: 5 Ways Creative Vision Drove Disney’s Early Years

Most of us hope for a future with incremental growth. But what if you could just blow it all up and make something, without limitations? Thinking this way is what we call creative vision. It’s knowing what’s needed, not what already exists or even what’s requested. All great advances – in our personal lives, in culture, in business – start with it. Here’s how Walt Disney expanded his world.

Bring Your Vision to Life with These 8 Free Creativity Resources

Improve your creative thinking and discover great things in your ministry and personal life with 8 practical, free resources from my Creative Toolbox.