Church Within An Ecosystem Pt. 1

Are you seeing your church within an ecosystem? We tend to work diligently on the ecosystem that is our church and neglect the ecosystem we are within.

Here’s why it’s important see your church within its ecosystem.

An ecosystem is  a community of living organisms in conjunction with the nonliving components of their environment, interacting as a system.

Surrounding your church are components contributing to, working against, and even unaware of your vision. Do you know what these components are?

I recently read the book The Wide Lens by Ron Adner. In the book Adner challenges innovators within all industries and even walks of life to see the things many people often miss. I’ll summarize it like this: 

The reality is this:

  • You are innovating towards a goal components around you are contributing to (knowingly and unknowingly).
  • You are innovating towards a goal components around you are working against (knowingly and unknowingly). 
  • You are innovating towards a goal (necessary and unnecessary) components around you are unaware of.


What is your church doing to orchestrate these components for the sake of the gospel within the ecosystem God has called you to?