Innovation Next

Exploring New Ideas for the Future Church

Our World is Rapidly Changing…

We haven’t been this way before. What’s next?

A new culture is emerging, and the Christian story has lost its central place in a society it did much to shape. Nothing has shaken the foundations of the church more than the collapse of Christendom and today North America is being described as post-Christian and even anti-Christian. Innovation will be crucial as we address the new challenges facing our culture and the church.

Innovation comes from the Latin word novus or “new”, and to innovate simply means to introduce something new. We serve an innovative God. Isaiah 43:19 tells us, “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” God makes all things new.

Innovation NEXT provides an opportunity to look behind the curtain and better understand how God is moving through innovative ministries. We also provide a platform for highlighting and funding innovative new ministries through our Future Church Gathering. Listed below you will find articles, interviews, podcasts, and other resources to better serve you as you seek to invest in the future church.

  • The Spirit of Innovation

    God can do more in one divine moment than all our efforts combined. Innovation begins with prayer, fasting, and seeking a fresh move of the Spirit.

  • Collaboration over Competition

    The church and culture are facing large-scale issues that require a collaborative spirit of learning and growing together. We are grateful for our Venture Partners and those that value collaboration.

  • Practical Solutions

    We are biased toward action and will highlight ministry practitioners who have implemented their ideas in the trenches of ministry.

  • Future Church Gathering

    Our desire is to provide a platform and funding for innovative projects around the world by hosting an annual Future Church Gathering.

INNOVATION NEXT is fueled by Exponential’s NEXT Ventures.

NEXT Ventures is designed to foster innovation by making a significant kingdom investment in ministry practitioners committed to shaping what’s next for the future church.

Through a growing group of Venture Partners, we have a front-row seat in discovering, connecting, learning from, and investing in dozens of innovative ministry leaders. We are convinced that twenty years from now, we will look back and see the profound impact this investment has made in changing the trajectory of the church and multiplying disciples, leaders, and churches.

Learn more here

NEW Video Series:


Join Jon Wiest, Leadership Network Innovation NEXT Director, for episode 1 of Innovation NEXT: Snapshots of Innovation.

In this episode Jon shares current cultural trends and highlights the need for innovation and the future of the church.

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Jon Wiest

Director of NEXT Ventures and Innovation NEXT

Jon Wiest (“West”) is the Co-Founder of Mobilize the Church, a global ministry mobilizing a growing wave of disciple makers, pioneer leaders, and church planters. He previously planted churches in Dallas, TX and Des Moines, IA and is the author of Banding Together and Pioneers. Jon has degrees from Wheaton College, Wesley Seminary, and is pursuing a D.Min. from Asbury Theological Seminary. He is a rabid San Francisco 49ers fan, loves traveling, sports, and history, and currently lives in the Indianapolis, IN area with his wife and four daughters.