As Christians, our first priority is to fulfill the Great Commission through the power of the Spirit and in the name and authority of Jesus Christ.
Then, from this bedrock position of faith in a sovereign Savior and King, we start to look at systems, structures, and methods, in order to build with wisdom. How do we pull the biggest and most effective levers of change? How do we honor Christ and manage the implementation of the Great Commission effectively, getting the greatest bang for the buck when it comes to transforming our lives, our churches, and our culture?
With this balance of reliance on Christ's power and practical, godly wisdom, we propose to use proven practices from leading authories in change management, behavioral economics, scientific psychology, learning theory, and teleology, to further the transformation in you and your organization.
The MIT Purpose Model
Massachusetts Institute of Technology's research in teleology and artificial intelligence has surfaced a set of fundamental principles of purpose that Erik Van Alstine has distilled into a Five-Law universal framework for change. In his upcoming book, Erik describes and applies these principles to help us better understand why we change and why we stay the same, individually and organizationally. "Once we understand these laws, and how they drive the way we think and act," says Erik, "we become incredibly empowered. Our thoughts and behaviors work to help us instead of hurt us. Our lives take a big leap forward." Project 28 is structuring its discipleship curriculum and systems with these universal laws of purpose in mind.
The Harvard Change Model
Harvard leadership guru John Kotter says, "Major change will not happen easily, for a long list of reasons....to be effective, a method must address these barriers and address them well." Kotter's eight-stage model for leading change in complex and diverse organizational environments is desperately needed in any church that seeks to be or is greater than a thousand members. Project 28 seeks to help church leaders break barriers to growth with proven, 21st century principles of organizational leadership.
The Yale Accountability Model
"There are two basic principles of behavioral economics," writes Yale University Professor and StickK.com founder Dean Karlan. "The first is, people don't always do what they claim they want to do. The second is, incentives get people to do things." Project 28's assessment and coaching system, along with online and small group accountability structures, are designed to provide the necessary incentives to get beyond good intentions and into transformation. As Erik mentioned in his recent blog about the unfortunate math of human nature, wanting to change isn't enough. Project 28 is developing cutting-edge ways to translate intention into behavior.
The Stanford Learning Model
Project 28 is working to develop learning methods that follow the proven principles of self-efficacy and social cognitive theory developed by Stanford University's Albert Bandura, one of the most celebrated psychologists of all time. Using Bandura's insights, we seek to develop processes and curriculum that accelerate learning and significantly increase learning effectiveness.
All these principles are incorporated into the Project 28 disicpleship methods. Our goal is to enable measurable transformation in individual lives and help transform families and churches into the world's great equipping centers God intended them to be.