Love Made Me an Inventor: The Church’s Entrepreneurial Moment and Why it Matters for Empowering Young Leaders

Despite our stodgy reputations, churches were once cradles of cultural creativity.  We’ll explore some of those innovative origins, and some of the reasons young leaders find the church's current “entrepreneurial moment” so appealing as they redefine “church" for the twenty-first century. 

Kenda Creasy Dean

Kenda Creasy Dean

Kenda Creasy Dean is an ordained United Methodist pastor and the Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary. She directs Princeton’s Young Adult Innovation Hub which helps churches find new ways to build relationships and nurture the spiritual lives of 20-somethings, and she advises the Log College Project, an initiative that helps churches move youth ministry beyond youth groups.

Kenda is the author of numerous publications on faith, innovation and young people, including Almost Christian and The Godbearing Life (with Ron Foster). She has two books coming out this year:  Under the Dragon Scales: Restoring Joy to Youth Ministry and Consensus and Conflict: Practical Theology for Congregations.

A graduate of Miami University (Ohio) and Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, Kenda served as a pastor and campus minister before earning her doctorate at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1997. She is a co-founder and “permissionary” for Ministry Incubators, a consulting group to help Christian leaders, churches, schools, and judicatories create cultures of innovation.

Kenda was blessed by incredible youth leaders and camp counselors as a teenager who believed God was at work in her long before there was really any evidence, and she’s spent forty years trying to pay that forward. In the off-hours, Kenda and her husband Kevin love binge-watching Netflix, digging their toes in the sand of Ocean Grove, NJ, and hanging out with their grown children and the grand-animals.