How the church can innovate like Indiegogo

I love gadgets.

One of my favorite places to check for the newest gadgets is Indiegogo. It’s a place where people who want to solve real-world problems put together a prototype, invite others to dialogue, comment, and ultimately invest in their ideas.

This a solar-powered water bottle is something I’ve personally been fascinated by recently – it takes humidity from the atmosphere and collects it in the bottle. What if I was stranded and didn’t have access to clean, drinkable water? This product solves my problem.

So my question is, why in the world is the church not investing in ingenuity and innovation?

That is what we are doing at the Hatchery. Meeting with our students on campus, I hear how they are tackling a wide range of real-world problems, from food insecurity, the challenges facing people with disabilities, to language barriers in second generational ministries. These are the kinds of things I want to invest in.

What are some real-world scenarios and problems that you think the church should be addressing? Not just through helping and teaching, but in providing real solutions to real problems.

I’d love to hear what causes you are passionate about. And who knows, maybe there is something we can work on together at the Hatchery

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  1. Joseph Carson on December 13, 2016 at 3:51 am

    Does our unprecedented global civilization increasingly resemble a “suicide machine” or not? If so, then I suggest the Common Cause Communities the Hatchery is midwifeing – or a good percent of them – should be focused on addressing, even if more locally, a global issue that is generally recognized by recognized experts as one that is relevant to the “redemption of the world” in 2016 – by that I mean the chances our civization evades large scale collapse in coming decades – what “world” will there be to redeem if civilization collapses with attendant billions of unnatural deaths?

    I suggest the admission questionnaire for the Hatchery ask “what are you willing do die for and why – and how does that connect to the common cause community you are proposing?”

    Thanks for asking my input.

    Joe Carson, PE
    Knoxville, TN

  2. Joe Middelkoop on December 13, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Good question.
    I’ve been asking these questions for the past 20 years, and have grown increasingly restless and impatient.
    Of course, it’s fairly obvious that one answer is due to doctrine and the assumption that orthodox belief is equivalent to conventional wisdom.
    A second possibility is due to cultural taboo: you can talk about how money is used, but not how the system measures the results.
    The third is insular club mentality. By design, corporatism is used to level out both market volatility and innovative change.
    I have two master’s degrees in theology and cross-cultural studies, and I still haven’t been able to utilize them the way I would like.
    Some of that is due to bias toward organizational specialization and because of the push for inexpensive lay leadership at the pastoral level.
    I’ve been working on mentorship models, but still need to develop these further.
    I’d like if I could keep in contact with you further. I’m also talking with Frontier Ventures up in Pasadena (Ralph Winter’s old re-branded USCWM).
    I’ll be out visiting Los Angeles sometime in February. Let’s me know if you’re interested and I can send you my CV.

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