Innovating for Love - Cohort Experience

Featuring Kenda Creasy Dean

Hosted by Kay Kotan

“Innovating for love means holding our ideas for ministry loosely to make room for the
Holy Spirit’s work as well as ours, lest we drive ourselves (or others) into the ground. 
Love surpasses our need to succeed. Innovative ministries mutate, adapt, change,
and when we no longer need their scaffolding to love people well, they fall away.
But love never fails.”

Kenda Dean

Is your church stuck?

Are you looking to impact your community in a fresh way?

Does your church have the desire to innovate, but just not sure where to start?

Gather your local church’s Innovation Team (Pastor and 3-5 lay people) and dive into this virtual six-session enlightening and interactive experience. Using the book, Innovating for Love: Joining God’s Expedition through Christian Social Innovation, (purchased by each participant at registration) and the Innovating for Love Guidebook (provided with registration), participants will discover:

The Map for Innovation
How to Determine the Church’s Readiness for Innovation
Having the Empathy Conversations
Chasing God’s Dreams
Determining What Makes a Good Idea
And Much More!

Each 90-minute session will include live time with Kenda sharing her insights and experience along with questions to guide your Innovation Team on their journey of discernment and discovery.  An inspiring, real-life innovation story will be shared each session.  Your Innovation Team will be provided time in a Breakout Room to process and determine next steps during each session.  The provided Innovating for Love Guidebook will provide direction and steps for your Innovation Team throughout the Cohort experience.

Rev. Dr. Kenda Dean not only wrote the book on Innovating for Love: Joining God’s Expedition through Christian Social Innovation (and other books, too), but also has extensive experience in new ministry development, nonprofit ministry, and social innovation.  Kenda is the Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church, & Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary where she teaches practical theology, education, and formation (specifically youth and youth adult ministry, Christian social innovation, and theories of teaching).  Dean also directs numerous grants on youth, innovation, and the church.  Kenda is also the co-founder of Ministry Incubators, Inc. You will not want to miss this opportunity to learn from Kenda!

The sessions will spotlight the inspiring Christian social Innovation start-up, evolution, and stories of the ministries from…

Vincente Del Real of Iskali
Chelsea Spyres with Wilmington Kitchen Collective
Monique Harrington with The Way Club
Amanda Miller Garber with The Struggle Bus
Matt Overton with The Forge
Nate Stucky of the Farminary
Michael Scott of The Children’s Table


First Session:  Asynchronous

(After Registration, Before January 11)

Sessions Two – Six 

Wednesday January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8

Cohort Time 

7- 8:30 pm Eastern

Virtual Cohort

$297 plus books

Optional Coaching Encouraged for your Innovation Team

with Kay Kotan or a team member from Ministry Incubators
to Assist your Innovation Team with Testing, Problem-Solving, & Implementing,
Seven Hours of Professional, Focused Coaching, $1500

Kenda and Kay can’t wait to meet you and begin this
expedition together through Christian social innovation!