LEN WILSON

GREATER THINGS: THE WORK OF THE NEW CREATION

Len's life mission is to use oral, written and visual communication with equal effectiveness in telling the story of Jesus Christ. He is a “master wordsmith and communicator,” “creative master,” “thought leader,” and according to one Fulbright scholar, “captures the future of language.”

Len is Executive Director of Invite Resources and Director of Innovation and Strategy at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas. Len is formerly the Senior Leadership Editor at Abingdon Press, the main imprint of the United Methodist Publishing House. A pioneer in the use of visual media and storytelling in church life, Len first practiced his calling as a 24-year old Media Minister, leading the creative arts ministry of Ginghamsburg Church, one of the great stories of late 20th century United Methodism in America.

Six Ways to Engage in Christian Innovation

Doing the work of the New Creation is not a matter of executing a plan of best practices. Yet there are sectors and boundaries within which we must work if are to make positive change. I sometimes get asked basic questions about where to begin. To help jump start your inspiration, here is a simple list of six powerful ways to create change.

Greater Things: The Work of the New Creation

COMING AUGUST 2021

The future belongs to Christian innovation.

The turmoil at the dawn of the 2020s are not an anomaly, but best understood in the context of a larger sea change that has been growing for the last generation. If the world is truly ending, then all is moot. But we would be wise to explore the alternative: instead of the end of the world, perhaps we are living through the birth of a new era.

It is impossible to go back in time and space to where we were before the pandemic began. The old ways are done; now it is time to build. Restoring culture requires innovation. But innovation has been a trending idea for a generation and we are no better off. 

What our culture desperately needs is not just innovation, but Christian innovation. 

Christians do not have a sterling reputation for new ideas, noteworthy solutions, and needle-moving systems. For the last two thousand years, real change that creates flourishing societies has often come through the work of Christians. Over and over, followers of Jesus have demonstrated a supernatural ability to build culture and create opportunities for human flourishing. Jesus has a simple name for this: greater things. 

Christian innovation is what happens when Christ’s people leverage their creative gifts and allow themselves to be used by the Holy Spirit through the work of Christ’s community for the inauguration of God’s purpose.

This book is an exploration of the implications of Jesus’ promise that we can do greater things. Its goal is to define and make simple the idea and process of Christian innovation. This groundbreaking work offers a means by which anyone can move to the forefront of positive societal change.

The time to tear down is done; now it is time to build. Learn how to do greater things today.

“Every now and then a book shoots across the sky like a bolt of lightning, cleansing the air, clarifying the subject matter, silhouetting the challenges, and lighting up the horizon for new vistas and ventures. Len Wilson’s Greater Things is that rare, out-of-the-blue bombshell of a book that will electrify anyone concerned about innovation, creativity, and imagination in the church.”

— LEONARD SWEET
Best-selling author of over 60 books, distinguished visiting professor at five colleges and universities, and founder/president of SpiritVenture Ministries, PreathTheStory.com, and The Salish Sea Press.

"Sometimes a book comes along and it is clearly the book for this moment. Greater Things is just that book for Christian leaders today. Len Wilson, a trusted innovator and an accomplished practitioner, takes us on a journey to better understand where we are at and where the Spirit is leading.  If you have felt stuck in ministry or are looking for ways to use your creativity for God’s Kingdom, this is the book for you!"

— JACOB ARMSTRONG
Pastor, Providence Church, Mt. Juliet, TN

"Greater Things gets to the heart of innovation from a deep, holistic biblical perspective. This is really great, theological writing. Truly a much needed reading for connecting to God's next!

— MIKE SLAUGHTER
Pastor Emeritus, Ginghamsburg Church, Founder and Chief Strategist, Passionate Churches, LLC

"This is the best book on Christian innovation I've ever read. For too long the Western church has blindly embraced the ideology of progress as our core narrative. Through faithful and penetrating Scriptural engagement, Len replaces the common adoption of 'creative destruction' with a proper theology of 'new creation.' This is not simply a book; it is a hitchhiker’s guide to the future for church teams desiring to explore Christian innovation.”

— DR. MICHAEL ADAM BECK
Author, pastor, professor, and cultivator of movements, Director of the Fresh Expressions House of Studies at United Theological Seminary, Director of Re-missioning Fresh Expressions US, and Cultivator of Fresh Expressions for the Florida UMC

"In Greater Things, Len shares so much wisdom on Christian innovation and what it truly means for Christians to be the work of the new creation. Len’s passion and creativity is so evident on every page, it’s motivating me to continue to think outside the box, take risks, and bring my ideas into community like never before. Let’s make 2021 and beyond a new era of Christian innovation and growth. Reading this is the perfect place to start.”

— REV. ADAM WEBER
Lead Pastor, Embrace Church, author, Love Has A Name

"For some Christians, the notion of innovation can bring anxiety, especially when compared with an 'old time religion' that feels so comfortable. We need a guide with a love for the Church and experience in Spirit-led innovation. Fortunately, Dr. Len Wilson is this person. In Greater Things, this pastor, entrepreneur, creative, and innovator provides a map to guide the Church in adaptation and innovation which are critical for the future. As a professor I can confidently state this book will become required reading in our degree program.

— DR. RICK BARTLETT
Program Director, Ministry Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Tabor College

"In this groundbreaking new book, Len Wilson - author, innovator, entrepreneur, and follower of Jesus   - takes the reader on a much-needed journey exploring Christian innovation in the church. If there has ever been a need for church leaders to think creatively and with imagination, that moment and the opportunity is now. Over the backdrop of the pandemic, its financial implications, and the current tensions in our culture, Len helps the reader see that innovation and tradition are not at odds, but that innovation actually builds on tradition. This trailblazing book explores the promise of Jesus that if we believe in Him, we will do even greater works than he did. I highly recommend this challenging and thought-provoking book!

— JOEL MIKELL
Consultant, Author, and Senior Vice President, Horizons Stewardship

Think Like a Five Year Old: Reclaim Your Wonder and Create Great Things

Creativity is today’s hot topic of corporate, educational, civic and personal life. It has been named the #1 most critical trait in corporate life today. The all-time #1 TED Talk is on creativity.

We all want to be more creative and to work with more creative people.

Yet few of us feel creative. Not coincidentally, we aren’t very interested in what we do. In fact, 87% of us are disengaged from what we do. We may have good educations; we may have decent salaries. We are busy yet we are bored—at work, at home, in our personal habits, and in our spiritual lives.

Think Like a Five Year Old demonstrates that the problem is not that most of us are incapable of creativity. Both science and faith say that each of us has this power within us. The problem is that while we have the power to create, it’s latent. We’ve lost sight of it.

In order to recapture this lost power, you need to know the story of creativity: why you had it to begin with, how you lost it, and how to get it back. Only then can you find the secrets to a more fulfilling life.

““I can’t recommend this book strongly enough. Len Wilson’s work is not only significant and inspiring, but critical for our society in this time. His insights are especially important for church leaders as we attempt to discover how to make the Gospel message authentic in our ever-changing and isolating landscape. Spirituality and creativity cannot be separated. We all need to be called again to become childlike in our faith, our imagination and our sense of wonder and possibility that we may recapture the creativity the Creator placed in all of us.”

— GARY RIVAS
Pastor, Gracepoint Church, Johannesburg, South Africa

"Creativity is critical to most endeavors, yet at times in everyone’s life, and in every organization, the wellspring runs dry. Len Wilson’s book is a gift that will inspire and foster creativity. Filled with terrific examples, this book will benefit leaders and teams in any line of work."

— ADAM HAMILTON
Senior Pastor, United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, KS

“I love this book so much. As a pastor and counselor, it has always burdened me to see a person stop taking risks, stop creating, stop living life to the fullest. God is a Creator God and we are made in His image. Thank you Len for encouraging us to dream again!”

— RON EDMONDSON
Pastor, Blogger, Church Leadership Consultant, Director of Leadership Network

“In a world encumbered with dull and gray, Len Wilson offers us a brilliant, technicolor future by inviting us to harness our unique, God-given creativity. As creatures made in the image of God, each one of us has untapped ingenuity yet to be expressed. This book is for anyone who wants to tap into this well of imagination.”

— JORGE ACEVEDO
Lead Pastor, Grace Church of Southwest Florida and Author, Vital

Think Like a Five Year Old invites us to take a bold, surrendered risk into a more creative, fulfilling life.””

— REBEKAH LYONS
Author, Freefall to Fly

“This remarkable book is for all of us who long to recapture the wondrous creativity we once took for granted. Len Wilson draws from inspiring stories of real people who fought the battle for divergent thinking and practiced the disciplines required to innovate. I highly recommend this practical and inspiring work, and plan to give it to my artistic daughters.”

— NANCY BEACH
Worship Designer, Leadership Coach, Author, An Hour on Sunday