With the recent shift in my position to look specifically at high school ministry and innovation, I have begun some continuing education in design thinking, which is a process for innovation that is widely used in the business world. My first online course I'm taking is centered on bringing out the creativity of teams, and the homework has included exercises to attempt with our respective teams.
One of the big lessons of this week was: sometimes, in order to get to one really good idea, we need to free our minds of the really bad ones. This creates space for the good ideas, AND sometimes the the bad ideas just need a little tweaking to become good ideas.
So...to practice this and test this out, the assigned exercise for this week was a "bad idea brainstorm." As a staff we identified something that's been a challenge, and from there we each spent 5 minutes coming up with really bad ideas that would solve that challenge.
The challenge: Only two families have registered for Sunday school so far. We KNOW there are far more than 2 families with Sunday school aged kids in our church, and we have been trying to figure out ways to activate families toward registration and partnership with us in their child's faith formation.
5 minutes turned out quit the collection of BAD ideas! Here's a glimpse at a few....
After we each came up with as many bad ideas as we could, we took time to talk them over, to laugh, and to process. And you know what? Amazingly just the processing of the bad ideas led to a few good ones! All our staff needed was a little bit of time, some reminders to laugh, and some joyful nudges from the Holy Spirit.
Over the next months and years at Christ the King you can look forward to innovation and new ways of doing things. A bad ideas brainstorm is just the beginning, but it is one small step toward helping us recognize the abundance of gifts and skills we have in our congregation. There's a place and a use for all God's gifts, and we can't wait to see how the Holy Spirit leads us to utilize the gifts of our congregation for the sake of the world.
Peace be the journey,