Date of Award


Document Type

Project Portfolio

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)



First Advisor

Ekaputra Tupamahu, PhD

Second Advisor

Jeffery Savage, DMin

Third Advisor

MaryKate Morse, PhD


In this project, I am addressing my NPO: A healthy church nurtures a culture of humble exploration and responsive innovation. One of the key findings is that there is not enough material focused on how a healthy church can process and explore ideas. In addition, church leaders often feel ill-equipped for a process that requires creativity. Believing that God made everyone creative, especially the church, this project is a book that details a system to explore ideas, properly discern strengths and weaknesses, and prepare leaders to make informed decisions. I created the Gather-Discern-Decide (GDD) Process from research findings, personal experiences, and feedback to guide ideation for churches. The project targets pastors and church leaders with 400 or fewer members in congregationally led systems. The book currently contains six chapters plus an introduction and a conclusion. Part 1 (chapters 1 and 2) of the book seeks to establish humanity’s partnership with God in the works of creation. It includes four values that a healthy ideation process reinforces in a congregation. Part 2 (chapters 3-6) details the GDD Process and its ability to leverage low-risk creative endeavors into larger, risky church goals. The GDD Process helps build a culture of humble exploration and responsive innovation.

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Christianity Commons