Online Offerings

Sourcing Innovation




Registration Deadline: Jan. 25, 2017

Course Dates: Jan. 30 – Feb. 27, 2017

Time Commitment: ~4 hours/week

Course Fee: $350 (Early Bird: $300)


Capturing true need through listening and observation

Chances are good that your institution needs to change in some way if it’s to thrive (or even survive). You know it. You embrace the idea. But you don’t know what to do, or even where to begin.

Join visual anthropologist and filmmaker Marlon Hall and a community of other Christian leaders for this five-week online course as we move step-by-step through the process of learning from a community, which is the foundational step to engage in innovative ministry.

Participants will learn practical skills:
Sourcing Innovation provides you with the skills to lead innovation to improve the common life. You will learn to examine your community to determine:

  • Where you want to engage;
  • With whom you want to engage;
  • How to develop meaningful partnerships with those people; and
  • What to do with what you learn.

Each week, you will read articles and watch short videos to prepare for some form of engagement with the community you select to observe. You will have tools to guide that engagement. Afterward, you will post written reflections and respond to other participants’ reflections, and then discuss these ideas further during an instructor-led online discussion.

Participants will leave the course with the following:
We will provide a set of questions that will guide you in developing an opportunity and needs analysis for a community. You’ll walk away with the skills to replicate this process and build upon it in the future.

When left to our own devices, we are prone to misconceptions. During Sourcing Innovation, we invite you to be open to surprise and to test your assumptions, knowing that some will change along the way. Meaningful innovation requires rooting ideas in community and being open to the movement of the Holy Spirit.


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