Innovations happen when a person who knows two very different areas well introduces a learning from one area into the other, even if it seems at first completely disconnected. Innovations are neither good nor bad in themselves; they are simply something new. So a parish pastoral council leader who sits on a nonprofit board might bring in a way of meeting and doing business that is influenced by an experience of the nonprofit board. A pastoral musician who also plays on the side in a Protestant church from time to time might take certain music or styles into a Catholic Mass. What sorts of innovations do you observe in parish life? Which ones are helpful and which ones less so? Dynamism in organizations requires a certain kind of network. Radial networks—ones that connect out to many others, like outward embracing spokes on a wheel—are much more dynamic than the other type. The other type of network is interlocked. Such a network is inward looking, interbred, tightly connected. It is one more often associated with fear than hope, more afraid of loss of strong ties than in connecting to others. Radial networks seek out new connections and build in new ways of doing things. They are expansive and optimistic about the future, seeing more value added the more communal connections increase. What kind of parish is yours? © 2007, Bryan Froehle.
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