Across every sector of this economy, people are dreaming new dreams about how to create organizations and movements that are vital, sustainable, purposeful and reproducing. Here's a voice from within the mainline church who argues for "enterprise zones" where new ideas could turn into experimental projects and processes for the sake of figuring out how to be and do church in this new century. The author references one of our favorite bloggers, Seth Godin, as he writes about the value of creating space where "pilot projects" can take place:
Such pilot projects provide a way forward for denominations that are “stuck” without creating the risk of massive destabilization or fracture. By being self-contained, the experiments are less threatening to the existing institution than different new “churches” that suggest a new model for others. Of course, experiments do suggest new models, but providing an enterprise zone allows them to take risk and grow without directly threatening the status quo.
The new models can later be absorbed into the mainstream once they are proven, rather than stamped out before they are tried because they are risky or misunderstood.