Speaker: Charles Lee
Topic: Celebrating My Ministry Time and Era

  • “In a world that’s full of ideas there’s bound to be many that don’t make it.”

  • “If you want to find the greatest collection of ideas on the planet, just visit your local cemetery, because millions take them to the grave.”

  • “Ideas aren’t just about creativity and innovation, they are about stewardship.”

  • “90% of innovated products fail because of our inability to execute ideas well.”

  • Common myths about innovation:

    • Innovation is about creativity.

    • Innovation is about hiring the right person.

    • Only start-ups innovate.

    • Senior leaders must initiate innovation.

    • Innovation happens organically.

  • “Innovation generally falls into three types- system, core product, and customer experience.”

  • 5 important components of an organization: Vision, Culture, Innovation, Growth, Value.

  • “Think big. Start small. Keep moving.”

  • Steps to development:

    • Stage 1: Seed money to develop concept.

    • Stage 2: Small bet to develop strategy.

    • Stage 3: Medium bet to model and experiment.

    • Stage 4: Large bet to launch into market.

  • “Put your ideas on paper first. Talking about it actually makes you feel like you’re doing something about it, even if you aren’t.”

  • “The creative adult is the child who survived.”

  • “Is our God done with innovation?”

  • “We were created to be creative.”

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GJ Farmer is a husband, a dad, the founder of ChildrensMinistryBlog.com, and is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in Somerset, Kentucky. He has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and a Master’s degree in Children’s Ministry. He has also been fortunate to lead and teach groups at children’s ministry conferences and to have had some of his writing published. Apart from working with kids, he enjoys reading, performing magic tricks, playing video games, and University of Kentucky basketball.