Innovation in Ministry - Salvation Army Canada

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Innovation in Ministry

4 Sessions (One a Month)
February 19 - May 21, 2021 1:00 P.M. EST



What will we Learn?

Practical models of developing new innovations will be explored. Opportunities for innovation in frontline ministry (gospel, corps, and community) will be reviewed in a peer learning environment. As this is the first time this has been offered, collaborative evaluation and design for the next year will be requested during the last session (this series will be an innovation to be evaluated and adapted).

Dates Seminar Description Pre-Session Preparation
Feb 19, 1:00 PM EST Why, What, and How of Innovation Theologically, what do we think of innovation (and innovators)? . “The Spirit of Innovation,”The Permanent Revolution, 183-201.
Mar1 9
1:00 PM EST
Working the Process  Process for reflecting on innovation amidst the cultural changes of society will be explored Chapters 1-3, Ready or Not.
Apr 16
1:00 PM EST
Celebrating and Learning Learning from innovation

Chapters 4-5, Ready or Not.

“Putting God in the Logic Model,” The Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation.
May 21
1:00 PM EST
Collaborative Review and Design   Review of the 3 previous sessions, recommendations for the future of this webinar.


Why a Learning Cohort?

Reflection on God's mission and how it finds expression in our leadership is important. We can increase our learning by hearing and reflecting on the experience of others. The time commitments are intentionally brief, however having several other people to share in the journey over a five week period provides support, encouragement and peer accountability in the process. 

How does Coaching Contribute to the Experience? 
A coaching appointment (in person or by telephone) after the video conference provides an opportunity to personally work through the issues facing you with regards to your particular context. Coaches have been trained to ask good questions, understand confidentiality and are aware of congregational life issues.
You will be provided with a list of available coaches and their biographic information so that you may indicate your preference of a coach for the duration of the cohort.  The number of coaches is limited, so you are encouraged to register your preference as soon as possible in order to ensure that you will be able to benefit from this opportunity.
You will meet with your personal coach for a maximum of one hour of coaching monthly during the cohort. The intent is that you can use the coaching time to focus on what you will want to do in your local setting. A confidential coaching conversation will help you to clarify the focus and organize your steps. The coach will ask you to define what you have as goals for the coaching, will ask you questions to help you clarify what you need to do to accomplish your goals and will follow up in your monthly meetings.  This is done in the style of a "life coach" or "executive coach." The coach may or may not be familiar with the teaching material of the cohort. Scheduling of coaching appointments with your coach is your responsibility. The Corps Ministries Department is covering any necessary costs of training or reimbursement of time for any of the coaches who are on the recommended list.

What will it Cost to Participate in this Cohort?

The registration fee for this cohort is $25.00. Your Corps may be able to help with the cost of you participating in a cohort. Please see your Corps Officer. The cost of the presenters, resources, coaching appointments and administration is being subsidized by the Corps Ministries Department at Territorial Headquarters.

Who are the Presenters?
Dr. James Watson, Corps Health and Planting Consultant, has worked alongside congregational leaders from a variety of denominational traditions across Canada. He has earned an MDiv from McMaster Divinity College and a PhD from Fuller Theological Seminary.

What Is the Format of the Learning Cohort?
The learning cohort will include the following elements:

  1. Reading or Viewing before the Monthly Videoconference: There are a few resources provided before some of the the monthly videoconferences to provide you with material for your reflection. Sometimes it may be reading and at times there may be other helpful online content.
  2. Monthly Videoconference: The videoconference allows us to meet and learn together from very different parts of the Territory. While the videoconference from a computer or smartphone is encouraged to get to know the cohort, there will be a dial in option for telephone as well. A fourth optional session.
  3. Monthly Coaching: As indicated above, the coaching experience is designed to help you apply your learning to your ministry setting in a concrete way.

Annotated Bibliography -

Hirsch, Alan and Tim Catchim. “The Spirit of Innovation” in The Permanent Revolution. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2012, 183-201.

A chapter which opens up discussion about the relationship between gospel and culture in the innovation process.


Janzen, Rich and David Wiebe. “Putting God in the Logic Model.” The Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation 25, no. 1 (2011):1-26.

An explanation and example of how a logic model can provide a custom framework for doing thoughtful review of a new idea and providing opportunities for changing the framework.


Paul, Doug.  Ready or Not: Kingdom Innovation for a Brave New World. 100 Movements Publishing, 2020.

An explanation of the process of innovation with many examples drawn from the church and social movements.


Any Questions?

If at any time you have questions, you are welcome to contact   Questions about the content of the Cohort should be directed to the individual Cohort facilitator.