Creativity and Innovation

Creativity and Innovation

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ci1During Soul Action’s AGM and Network Gathering in July of this year, Phil explained how the total number of Christians in South Africa is expected to rise to 42,926,000 by 2020, almost 82% of the population (Center for the Study of Global Christianity 2013:30), with about 72% of these Christians belonging to mainstream denominations, i.e. Protestant, Pentecostal, Catholic, Orthodox, etc. Which means we live in a country with a high proportion of Christians and huge disparities between rich & poor.

Phil argued how the stats would suggest that perhaps some of the current approaches to addressing the gaps between rich and poor – gaps that are meant to be bridged by the daily outworking of the Christian faith – aren’t working. He challenged those present to consider the possibility that maybe we need to find more creative and innovative ways to empower all Christians to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly.

ciAs a Soul Action team we were also challenged and as a result have continued to explore what this means to us as a group of people during our team meetings. We’ve been thinking about how God might be calling us to be more creative and innovative in the ways we work with Christians in general and not just charities.

We have been able to spend time creatively thinking about the areas where God is asking us to be more innovative and consider ways forward. The discussions have been so fruitful; life is being bought back in to some areas of our work.

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