DISCOVERY PHASE: A 12-week ONLINE course preparing you for your journey toward spiritual innovation, the practice of it and the need for it. Move swiftly through theories of innovative theology, finance, technologies, culture, coupled with training on lean methodology and why this matters for the future of your context.
The landscape of Christianity is shifting in deep and profound ways in the West. What are the philosophical trends that are enacting upon these shifts? What do new cultural contexts and new economic realities have to do with some of what we are seeing? It is time to redraw the map.
How do we move our faith forward in the 21st century in ways that do not compromise our passions and our narratives but at the same time allow our notions of god and community to be innovated upon? We have to release our grip on belief so it can give way to being. Innovative theology helps move our theological frameworks forward in ways that make sense and are made meaningful.
Love your problem and not your solution is just one mantra of Lean Methodology. What if we were focused on the need and allowed that to dictate how we moved ministry forward rather than a concrete vision that is only informed by our own passion and will? How do we create transformation around need and how do we move it forward in ways that are sustainable and viable into the future?
ARE YOU A SPIRITUAL ENTREPRENEUR?
Hatchery LA defines Spiritual Entrepreneurship as:
Responding to the shifts within culture and the world, motivated by the goal of common good, Spiritual Entrepreneurship is an invitation to engage new questions of god and new ways of engaging god that promote community, sustainability and viability.
Spiritual Entrepreneurship innovates and iterates to anticipate and address the changing needs of spirituality in the 21st century.
Join us as we start a new online cohort of Spiritual Entrepreneurs! An hour of lecture a week-you can tune in live or watch at your convenience. You will have full access to the Hatchery LA team of instructors as well as be given countless resources to move your venture forward. You will also connect to a wider community of Spiritual Entrepreneurs with shared language and a shared vision.
Tash Holmes shares how this course has benefited her and her work as a Church Engagement leader for the Uniting Church in Australia. She is a part of a team that explores the destiny of the church as it moves forward. As a Spiritual Entrepreneur, hear why she sees this journey as both challenging and exhilarating.
Here is some of what you can expect to engage in this course that explores this new discipline and framework:
12 weeks, fully online with live lectures each week
Develop an understanding of the cultural shifts and spiritual implications while engaging in God and community in the 21st-century
Discovery how to innovate your theology in the context of your ministry/project
Explore the benefits of Lean Methodology in a world of ministry uncertainty
Rethink how you minimize risk, ask the right questions and address sustainability
Experience the community of a cohort with other dreamers and risk takers creating spiritual transformation
If you have been on the fence about joining us then maybe this is your moment! Maybe you are rethinking how ministry is done. Perhaps you are starting to ask new questions of God and engaging community? You might be wondering what the future of all of this looks like. If this is you, I would invite you to join us. If you think you don’t have the time, I promise you do! We have designed the course with the busiest of persons in mind!
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The religious landscape is changing. The business the church has been doing no longer fully addresses the business of the 21st century. Christianity is fundamentally shifting in the West and religion has lost its central place, especially among younger generations. The questions we must now ask will birth a new understanding of life and god that addresses culture on its own terms, rendering impotent and irrelevant the need for mechanisms of certainty that answer questions people are no longer asking.
The postmodern world not only gave us Secularism but it gave us Fundamentalism and it is between those two axises that religion ping pongs today. While religion is dismissed by many, it hasn't disappeared. Since 911 religion has experienced a massive resurgence and the entire world has been affected by it. There is an influx of interest but a mistrust of structures. What is being addressed in culture today that helps to connect with god and each other? How do we contextualize?
There is no easy way to say churches are broke. Money has dried up. Everybody is running after less and less dollars. Local churches compete with mega churches, TV preachers, philanthropists and rock bands that do good. Money is a constant problem because religion is about immateriality and not materiality. Money has become invisible and what it can be exchanged for in our world has shifted drastically. There is a fundamental relationship between money and power and control. How deep does this actually go? And how do we contextualize stewardship for a new age?
It is not enough to just 'do good.' It is about confronting the questions and taking on systems, engaging with them critically and prophetically calling for iteration in a way that hasn't been done. We are living in an unprecedented time, a time of new possibility because the breakdown of systems that is happening currently allows us to reframe, rethink and rework. This opportunity doesn't come along often. This is an invitation into a new discipline that engages the questions and not just the symptoms while also calling into question unjust systems.
This is about a shift away from abstract ideological opinions and a shift towards a way of being in the world. And being in the world is where theology has to happen. Not in your head but in the world. Engaging with life in its full spectrum reality. Grappling with questions of ultimate meaning as they play out in the world in which we live not in some idealized world we long for. How do you do theology with integrity in a world of multi-valence?
Everyone knows that their passion informs their project, but what informs their passions? Spiritual Entrepreneurship gives the project creator the opportunity to work out their theology of god in the world beyond traditional notions. As a Spiritual Entrepreneur we have to address the conflicted reasons why we work for god.
Don't love your solution, love your problem. This is the basic mantra of Lean Methodology: build, measure, learn. It is easy to be blinded by the latest trends including cult personalities and shrink wrapped programming. Spiritual Entrepreneurs know that profitability isn't the goal but sustainability is a must.
The struggle is real. The challenges that we face are monumental. The answers of yesterday do not fully answer the questions of today. The old ways don't work so what is the solution? How do we name our own particular set of challenges? The Spiritual Entrepreneur doesn't go for the easy answer.
What does it mean to tell your tale in a world that rewards click bate? In the marketing world it is about getting people to listen to your story. The Spiritual Entrepreneur invites others into the story to live it out together, while writing it at the same time. Instead of selling a story, we understand we are writing one together; one that is dynamic, alive, fluid, changing and evolving.
What do we do when it feels like the problems in the world are too big, too messy, too complex to even approach? Human-Centered Design is a methodology that challenges the notion of an un-solvable problem. Using empathy and innovation, we can create possible solutions for the most wicked problems of the world.
Technologies change the way we see the world and technological shifts always herald new directions in human self-understanding and notions of the divine. Spiritual Entrepreneurism embraces and utilizes possibilities made by new technologies. The central issue for Spiritual Entrepreneurism is who we are becoming with technology not simply what we do with it.
Values for the new world: Attunement to what is going on in the world, malleability and being open to embracing exploration, we don't know what the future holds but we are building it anyway, standing against all the things that impede love in the world.