10 Greatest Kingdom Ideas of the Last 10 Years

01045 Participants at the Leadership Network-sponsored Ideation Experience began their 48 hours together by developing a "top 10" list of top
kingdom ideas over the last decade.

The winning ideas were . . .

• Externally focused churches as key idea for evangelical churches
• Shifting opinions on social issues in the 18-35 year old demographic that are shaping the emphases of the church
• Multi-site churches
• The rise of networks as the key focus for church planting and resourcing in other ways
• Open source content freely given away for church resources via computer
• The rise of church websites/pastor blogs/podcasts and videocasts as church communication tools
• Social networking tools (facebook/twitter/myspace/custom tools) being utilized by churches and parachurch groups
• Bringing management and leadership focus into church in a fresh way
• Greater awareness by U.S. megachurches and others to international missions and humanitarian efforts around the world
• From “marketplace to ministry” as strong source of staff members of churches. Emphasis on “homegrown”
• Deeper penetration and shifts in small group models (life groups, cells, etc.) into a broad variety of churches.

Does anything surprise you? Is anything missing?

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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4 thoughts on “10 Greatest Kingdom Ideas of the Last 10 Years

  1. Yeah, I didn’t mean to get nitpicky over semantics. I love the Leadership Networkers are good people. I like that some of the shifts are changes in thinking and some are changes in doing. Just the language about spiritual formation and Kingdom itself has had an impact on priorities and programming that have been good for churches.
    ‘Scuse me, but I have to go yell at some kids to get off my lawn.

  2. Thanks, Dave. I guess I react like a curmudgeon for the very same reason. I’m sure these ideas have reshaped ministry and made it much more efficient (perhaps even effective, depending upon how you define that). I’m just not sure they “advance” (or create or expand or even facilitate) the Kingdom of God. I think it’s more about submitting to God’s reign than contributing to or advancing it. Just one man’s opinion.

  3. Not my terms, the terms were Leadership Networks. Having said that, I can see the accuracy of the terminology if the intended meaning is, “New ideas that have facilitated the Kingdom’s advancement.” or something to that effect 🙂

  4. Good list. Gives a good sense of the way many churches have reshaped ministry in the last decade.
    I must be nearing curmudgeonness for allowing myself to say so, but it kind of seems like nearly all of these are more a result of bullet #2 than any discernment of how God’s ideas are working out in the world What makes these “kingdom ideas?”