Steve Jobs and Innovative Church

Sociologist Gerardo Marti, who has studied the emerging church movement, weighs in on the influence of Steve Jobs among entrepreneurial church leaders:

Over time I have seen how Steve Jobs became the patron saint of non-denominational church leaders who value creativity, technology and persistent vision. Jobs accomplished what few are able to do: connect with everyday lives, enrich people’s aesthetics with evidence of beauty, and offer tools for exercising personal gifts and talent. Jobs had a single-minded vision for the varied media he designed, making complicated technology supremely accessible and — more importantly — desirable. People wanted what he had to sell. He promoted his own genius while striving to bring out the genius of others. And his dedication to his vision was a testimony to unrelenting pursuit of promoting personal standards in the service of others.

Read the rest: Duke Divinity Call & Response Blog | Faith & Leadership | Gerardo Marti: Steve Jobs, patron saint of entrepreneurial church leaders.

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  • what a strange source of inspiration. Jobs created extraordinary products & companies, which set the pace for technology & business.

    but honestly

    “his dedication to his vision was a testimony to unrelenting pursuit of promoting personal standards in the service of others”

    Jobs was known for the disdain he had for all but a few of his employees – his blunt delivery of criticism showed a blatant disregard for fellow human beings. And “service of others”- c’mon. Jobs served his own vision – and a John Galt laser focus on profits over people at all costs.

    The convulsion of “grief” on Jobs’ passing mystified me. Don’t get me wrong – I am a fanboy of Apple products and have friends who work for Apple. But on the day day Jobs died, a real hero died – the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, a pioneer of the civil rights movement. Shuttlesworth founded the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights, as well as helping create the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. It was Shuttlesworth who asked Attorney General Robert Kennedy to protect freedom riders. In 1963, he persuaded the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to bring the civil rights movement to Birmingham.

    Imagine if the emerging church could learn from Shuttleworth, rather than a guru of consumerism. Imagine if people grieved at the passing of a real hero who survived beatings and bombings to being the incarnation of a Christian faith that liberates and transforms. Imagine if Shuttlesworth was the patron saint.


    • Bob, you look at any minister that does anything and you will find just as much Jobsism A-holism.

      This applies to Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, probably to Billy Graham as well. There main activity was before the times of twitter and blogging….

  • Lock, what a sad & cynical statement.

  • actually lock – its not.

    and trust me – I am so far from Neo

  • I recently wrote a blog about a TED talk I listened to that used Apple as an example of what questions to ask as an innovator. Successful innovators are successful because they ask questions that others aren’t asking. This can be almost a direct correlation to the church. In my view, “successful” churches often ask questions that other churches do not.