Bob Roberts on Catching Up With the Rest of the World

Innovation3, Bob Roberts of NorthWood Church (Keller, TX) discussed how we can catch up with the rest of the world.

There are two core fundamental ways in which movement and transformation take place in the context of society

We know how to help our local church, but we are old school about global ministry. Being missional is more than just doing a couple of projects for the poor.

What does the Great Commission say?
As you are going, make disciples.

How did the early church produce disciples so quickly, yet we take so long? When they make disciples, they abandon themselves to live for Christ. If we could follow Christ today, where would we go? Where it is tame? Or where all hell is breaking loose?

What does it mean to make disciples? When Jesus says make disciples of all nations, what is that all about?

Abraham in Genesis 12 is the ultimate disciple. He was a blessing to all nations.

The lowest common denominator is the disciple.

Gospel > Disciple > Society > the Church emerges

What is the Non-Western Church Like?

  1. We focus on the Holy Spirit, and the West is pragmatic.
  2. We focus on obedience to the Word of God.
  3. There is gratitude towards Abraham for what he did, but there is a focus on Ishmael.
    The Great Commission will not be fulfilled until Muslims come back to Christ.
  4. It is an integration of faith, and life, and everything.
  5. They is an absence of money that causes us to trust God for everything.

We need to engage the world. God is going to do it with or without you. Your only responsibility is obedience.

Nancy Ortberg on Provocative Leaders for a Dangerous Church

At Innovation3, Nancy Ortberg of TeamWorx2 discussed how to be a provocative leader for a dangerous church.

Sustainable innovation is imperative because of the gospel. Innovation should not be because of a gimmick but because the gospel of Christ transforms people. Innovation reminds us that the gospel is always provocative.

What must leaders of dangerous churches do?

#1 :: Manage Tensions

  • Infrastructure and Innovation
    You need both, but you must find your balance. Infrastructure stabilizes and supports an organization. Innovators like to create and compel. Change is always two-fold – incremental and exponential.
  • Passion and Humility
    Passion without humility takes us in the wrong direction.

#2 :: Have Teamwork

Innovation happens best in teams. Team is the word the world uses for community. An ego in check says I will put people on the team who are better than me. There is a magic of being on a team that is wired to do what God has called them to do.

What are the behavioral values that are necessary to set a culture of innovation?

Values inflict pain. They cause you to slow down and think about what you do.

#1 :: Learn to be a great question asker.

#2 :: Embrace risk.

Realize that risk comes with failure. What risks have you taken in the last six months that have failed and what have you learned from them? If you are innovating, you should have just as long a list of failures as you have a list of successes. Fear is the biggest thing that stands in the way of risk. The best way to get rid of fear is to increase curiosity. Fear and curiosity do not coexist.

#3 :: Collaborate.

Do not have silos in your organization. Learn how to work well together

#4 :: Trust

Needed everyone on the team and communicating that builds trust. Trust is something that is built. You have to do things to intentionally build trust.

Ed Stetzer on the Dangerous Church of 2010

At Innovation3, Ed Stetzer discussed what does the dangerous church look like in 2010.


The dangerous church over the next few years will have seized economic opportunity. If the current trends continue, some church workers will loose their jobs, and churches will loose money. But more people will come to Christ because in a bad economy they seek God more.

The dangerous church will address sexual brokenness. Homosexuality is an issue that the church must address in the next decade. Most churches don’t know how to address sexual issues of homosexuality, marriage, and other sexual issues in a biblical way.

The dangerous church will wrestle through the issue of gender inclusion. Can women be pastors?

The dangerous church will face increasing intolerance.


The dangerous church will have navigated the post-seeker movement. The dangerous church will have found new ways to reach people for the world.

The dangerous church will have regained confidence in the gospel. They will have clarity and biblical discernment.

The dangerous church will have addressed evangelical confusion. Evangelicalism is a broad term, a broad label.

The dangerous church will have rethought discipleship. Many churches are not making disciples well. Only 16% of Protestant church goers read their Bible daily.

The dangerous church will have worked through denominational catharsis.

The dangerous church will learn how to network will other churches. Networking should be more than interacting with clones of your church.

The dangerous church will innovate.