Dr Richard Green looks at five necessary skills for innovation and skill in planting and leading a growing church.

1. Cognitive association 

The ability to make connections across seemingly unrelated areas, questions, problem and ideas.

2. Questioning 

“What if”, “why”, “why not” – challenges the status quo and opens up the bigger picture.

3. Observation of details 

Particularly of people’s behaviours

4. Experimentation 

Willing to try and fail, then trying again while diagnosing causes of failure.

5. Networking with very smart people 

The ability to network very smart people with little in common for the purpose of learning.