Saturday, August 8, 2015

Hubs, Networks, and Teams

Whether in vocational church or marketplace ministry, our ability to respond quickly and adapt is critical, and it's becoming even more so as technology and disruptive forces increase the pace of change.  We are "surfing the edge of chaos", living in liminal space (the "in-between" but on the threshold), and learning to embrace paradox alongside paradigm.  The challenge of "holding truth in tension" is formidable at times as we shed old wineskins and develop and embrace flexible new ones that will not burst as the New Wine is being poured out.  The world seems to be changing faster and faster, thus requiring our creativity to become a collaborative effort and our innovation a team sport.  We are also being required to reinvent ourselves, which involves breaking down "silos", working across divisions, and mastering the flexible responses that come from true teamwork and collaboration.  The greatest innovations will not come from lone inventors and neither will solving problems come from older conventional models of leadership.  Instead, the greatest victories, successes and accelerated growth will come from teams working together in the pursuit of KINGDOM.  This requires ADAPTABILITY.

The Gathering Fresno is "morphing" into a "purer" model of collaboration and embracing a polycentric model of leadership.  I believe that a rapidly changing world (marked by speed and dense interdependencies) means that ministries everywhere are facing dizzying challenges and disequilibrium, which can only be solved by creating sustained adaptability through the establishment of collaborative teams, where real-time innovation requires integrative and transparent leadership that empowers individual team members.  Entire structures of "how we do business" are morphing and shifting.  Enough said...

The Gathering Fresno is a growing network of church, parachurch, and marketplace ministries who want to collaborate for synergy and catalyze a sustainable move of God in the region.  We believe in a "ring of fire" approach, little fires coming together to create a firestorm that will sweep through the central valley with overwhelming LOVE!!!

As a result, we are adding not subtracting, and increasing not decreasing our influence in the region.  This will be done experimentally and innovatively, and we hope you will jump in!!!  Future blogs from members of our team will outline some of these innovations that have emerged from prophetic dreams and visions.  Stay tuned!!!  One of my favorite words these day is FIRE!!!


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