BIG IDEA In A Few Words

Missionary methodology is linked with creativity. Creativity is an essential component of innovation. Everett Rogers’ bell curve for how ideas spread within a social system can be used to help us understand five stages of the lifecycle of innovation in a field of study: innovation, adoption, routinization, tradition and disruption. When widely held assumptions about methods go unchallenged for more than one generation of leadership they become traditions. The problem with traditions is not that they are ineffective but rather unchallenged. Our greatest challenge is not if paradigm pioneers will emerge but how will vanguards of tradition respond?

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