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Some really good info on various cities in the world: 2007 Fast Cities – Global – Innovation.

It’s good to see Raleigh & Austin on the list. Raleigh for Research & Development and Austin for business start-up’s.

Also, Austin just got recognized for being the “best business city” in America. Of course these lists change all the time. But it’s a g0od indicator that Austin is emerging from a small Texas college city to a global innovator.

When I lived in Seattle in 1999, I was able to see that city go through some unique transformation. Now it’s arrived as a legit global city. When I moved there for 6 weeks last summer-I also saw the downside of city transformation. High cost of living, congestion problems, true Seattleites who had to move out of the city to the local suburbs because of cost issues etc. It’s always sad when your normal middle-class folks can’t afford to live in the city that they created.

Austin seems to be tracking with Seattle. Housing is cheaper in the “burbs” but it going to cost you at least $350-$450 to buy a house downtown or in the uptown area. The big issue I have is this-we do not have the Puget Sound. C’mon, at least in Seattle you had spectaculars views, deep blue water, ferries, and snow-capped mountains.

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Is innovation overrated? It seems like we church leaders are always trying to innovate right? And I’m cool with that. But how much innovation does it take to teach people how to pray, read the bible, love others, and know their theology?

Has technology got in the way of God. Have we over-emphasized the power and need of technology in the church?  I’m not anti technology. I think we are called to redeem technology for God’s glory.

Maybe we pastor’s are more into innovation then seeking God. If our churches reflect the pastor, what should the pastor being doing? In my weekly schedule I’m going to be adding a lot more time to study, pray, fast and be still. Less is more!

Not to be over-spiritual, but I have this deep conviction that I’m not truly doing what I’m called to do. And what scares me is the fact that someday I will stand before God and give an account.

Mark Batterson shares some wisdom on growing churches. Click here to read the entire post.

But, I want to focus on number 7) The more we grow…the easier it is to do ministry out of MEMORY instead of ministry out of IMAGINATION.

I like that. The first example that comes to mind is churches communicating an event with tagline “fun, food, & fellowship.” Whenever I see that tagline I stay away.

Our world changes so fast…Churches can’t stay stagnant. We must always be pushing the envelope. Allowing our creative God to use us to “show-off” his creativity. Boring is out, therefore most churches will not be able to reach and connect with the current complex generation in which God has called them to reach. Simply because they refuse to do what it takes to “compel” their generation to seek and pursue God.

If you want to check out something that is futuristic, scary, innovative, other-worldly, then you have to click the link below. What does this mean? So many possibilities. So many fears. When i get a spare moment. I’m going to dive in and learn.

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