The Innovation Crisis Review

Book Review: 

Tradition? Or Innovation?

Status quo? Or Disruptive change?

Same-old, same-old? Or something new and different?

Ted Esler, author of The Innovation Crisis: Creating Disruptive Influence in the Ministry You Lead, writes about the tension between these things. His primary focus is on innovation, the right side of the elements above: innovation, disruptive change, and something new and different.

Esler does a great job framing the problem(s) and providing solutions. Ministries, churches in particular, are not the best at innovation. Tradition and “we’ve always done it this way” seem to win out more often than trying a new way.

Why? Innovation is hard. Esler writes: "Innovation is hard work with no guarantee of success and there is real risk of failure."

But, in a world filled with innovation, if the church is unwilling to innovate, we will face even more issues down the road than we already do. We need innovation in discipleship, community, racial reconciliation, technology, even preaching. The mission doesn’t change, but the method requires innovation.

This was a great book to read on innovation. Esler does a wonderful job writing. He does, at times, get deep into some highly specific examples that could be pared down and still get the point across, but overall his examples are helpful and put flesh to the bones of the point he is making.

If you feel stuck, or nervous to innovate, I would definitely suggest grabbing a copy of this book from Moody Publishers.

*I was provided a free copy of this book by Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review*