The Early Church as a Model for Innovation

Open Access
Badman, Robert
Area of Honors:
Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Orie Edwin Barron, Thesis Supervisor
  • Srikanth Paruchuri, Honors Advisor
  • Christensen
  • Disruptive Innovation
  • Church
  • Enlightenment
  • Scholasticism
  • Reformation
  • Patristic
  • Apostolic
  • Catholic
  • Luther
Christensen’s model of disruptive innovation is deservedly popular. This model can be applied to a non-profit and its innovations similarly to the way the theory is applied to for-profit companies in Christensen’s examples. The Church has been at the forefront of innovation multiple times in its history, and it fits Christensen’s model for some of its innovations. It has also been disrupted by others following Christensen’s model.