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Ed Vaughan

Part One The Church is broken. The key leaders in the Australian church at the moment are keenly aware that something is wrong with the Church. The paradigms and models that we have inherited for our churches and organisations are not sufficient to take us into the 21st century. Within the Arrow community itself, there is an acceptance that the Church will need to be significantly different if we are going to effectively engage in the mission Christ has given us.

Ed Vaughan

Part Two Every leader knows they need to be able to articulate a vision. But being a leader of vision can be a very daunting task when you walk into a situation that feels chaotic and messy. The language of ‘vision’ can be intimidating, especially when the future looks uncertain and no one (least of all you!) knows exactly where they are going! It’s possible that we might feel like a failure if we are not able to articulate a crystal clear picture of the ultimate destination.

Ruth Limkin

First dates can be filled with possibility but they can also be filled with painful small talk. There can be moments that point to a happy future or moments we’d rather forget. They can be the stuff of legend, as bad first dates get told and retold with usually increasing mirth the greater the passage of time. So what do first dates have to do with leading innovation?

Andrew Katay

If leadership is more or less about the art and science of mobilising and directing others towards a common goal, then the question of what motivates people to unite in effort for a cause is very close to its surface. One common answer to that question is vision - clear, compelling vision, a picture ofa preferred future which fires peoples' imagination and draws out their commitment.

Melinda Cousins

As far as I can tell, much of what has been written about women and leadership in the church has been about the challenges they face or the perceived boundaries on their roles. One of the things I have most appreciated about Arrow is its strengths based approach – instead of zeroing in on the areas we struggle with, how can we appreciate what we are already doing well and build on that? So I thought it might be interesting to explore what might be some of the strengths that women can have in exercising leadership and what these might have to teach all of us about leadership innovation. Given that the vast majority of leaders in the church have been, and continue to be, men, is it possible that some of the ways we think about leadership have been dominated and even limited by that perspective? How might hearing the range of experiences and perspectives of our women leaders help us think through new ways to lead that can benefit all of us?

Chris Edwards

Without question, today's organisational challenges have made recurrent innovation a requisite part of church life. Yet most of the innovation seems to be largely geared toward enhancements in ‘technology’, such as developing better Sunday services or redesigning church administration systems. How many church council meetings (or elders and deacons meetings) are dominated by property matters, or improvements to the audio visual equipment, or the latest ministry program fad? I do understand the need and importance of boosting this ‘technology’ but many ministry teams work on this so much they overlook a crucial dimension of church life: leadership

Karina Kreminski

Karina Kreminski is Lecturer in Missional Studies at Morling College Sydney in Australia. Before that she was leading and pastoring a church for 13 years. She was ordained in 2002. Karina is looking into planting a church in the inner city and has a doctorate from Regent University in the area of missional church formation. She teaches and preaches at churches and events and also loves to mentor emerging leaders. She is also on the board of Forge Sydney which is a program that seeks to help leaders think missionally in our post-Christendom culture.

Zosia Ericksson

A little boy’s lunch becomes more than enough to feed five thousand hungry adults. The best wine at a wedding is poured from jars which moments before were filled with water. An entire nation survives in the desert for forty years by eating food that falls from the sky, every day. A battle is fought and a city is destroyed without the use of a single weapon. The entire world appears in an instant when a word is spoken. From the very beginning, God has been in the business of innovation. Throughout history, He has been right beside the leaders He has appointed, whispering strategy and prompting action, inspiring solutions to impossible problems, and going before them as they navigate uncharted territory

Ronnie Fung

TIME Magazine listed the selfie-stick as the one of the top-25 great inventions of 2014. Personally, I’m not fascinated about the selfie-stick as much as I am fascinated about it making this top-25 list. When you break it down, a selfie stick simply allows a phone device to be attached to a long metal rod. Many innovations are more about modifying an initial idea than it is a new idea. For example, the selfie stick enables people to take a better selfie, which, generally speaking is simply a photo. The selfie stick has modified the way in which people capture a moment, but it’s the innovation of the camera that revolutionised the way images were captured.

Jodene Watling

The world of leadership is an exploding industry - aiming to makeover and revolutionise even the least fashionable of us. I was beyond blessed to be part of the Arrow 11 cohort (2012-2013). Personally, it was a time of phenomenal teaching, encouragement and fellowship – without which, I would possibly be flailing somewhere in a very uninspiring wilderness. It’s an honour and a privilege to bring something to the leadership table regarding innovation. Whilst I’d like to plate up a mind blowing post-modern fusion dish of excitement, sometimes I can’t go past those simple classics whose uncomplicated elegance are to be savoured. Please take this modest meal with a sense of love and gentle encouragement towards those distilled, undeniable truths to which we hold most dearly.

Guy Mason

The rise and fall of Kodak has become a global case study in innovation. Kodak was founded in 1888 by George Eastman, who had a vision to “make the camera as convenient as the pencil.” By 1976, Kodak commanded 90% of film sales and 85% of camera sales in the U.S., according to a 2005 case study for Harvard Business School. By 1988, Kodak employed over 145,000 workers worldwide. And yet – on the 9th January 2012, Kodak filed for bankruptcy. As one writer from The Economist said, “After 132 years [Kodak] is poised, like an old photo, to fade away.”

Cath Tallack

A compelling vision is at the very core of leadership. In a recent survey by McKinsey and Company, more than 70% of senior executives said that innovation would be one of the top drivers of growth for their companies. If as leaders we want to see change happen through innovation, we must cast a vision to the people that we lead. Inspired leaders can change the world.

Karl Faase

The words innovation and leadership ought to be synonymous. To lead well should be to continually innovate but our experience in the world of ministry is that this is not always the case. Churches & ministries often run on a ‘business as usual’ basis and little of what could be called innovative takes place.