Read between January 07 - February 03, 2020
A ministry is what you can achieve helped by others. The vision is limited to your sphere of control. A movement mobilizes people to act without your direct supervision.
Strategy is how a movement operates.
Jesus’ strategy had four recurring aspects: Pioneering Leaders, Contagious Relationships, Rapid Mobilization, and Adaptive Methods. Multiplying movements typically display these patterns.
God has a way of tearing down our constructions and confusing our efforts to bring us back to the question of Identity.
We must continually evaluate our Methods, just as we need to make sure that our Methods align with the other elements of Identity and Strategy.
Has your church started other churches, or did history stop with you?
Churches and ministries must serve a greater cause than themselves. One church alone can’t fully reach its own community, let alone its city or nation or the nations.
A church with a ministry mindset finds it hard to see beyond its own achievements; a church with a movement mindset is not impressed with the numbers in the auditorium, but with generations of new disciples, new workers, new churches.
Christ in us is the key to leadership at every stage of the lifecycle. Remaining in him is the key to the rise of movements. Abandoning him is the key to the fall of movements.
Remaining in him is the key to the rise of movements and abandoning him is the reason movements fall.
Wherever the Word goes, the fruit is new disciples and new churches.
Christianity, if it is true to itself, is a missionary movement.
The spread of the gospel to the ends of the earth, the training of disciples to follow and obey Christ, and the formation of churches are all at the very heart of God’s Mission.
Jesus gave his followers a universal Mission — make disciples of all peoples. This is the core missionary task.
Movements made up of a collection of casual acquaintances will lack energy, commitment, and focus.
A multiplying movement is both tight and open.
The church is a living organism that grows through its union with Christ.
Whereas realists adapt themselves to the world, founders of movements want to change their world.
Although a movement may make use of methods and organizational forms, it is not an organization: it’s a cause.
vision is a by-product of knowing God, sharing his heart, and understanding his purposes revealed in Scripture. Vision is the fruit of a surrendered life.
Jesus refused to be bound by the expectations of those around him.
conflict between progressives and traditionalists becomes counterproductive when the goal is institutional survival rather than the cause for which the movement exists.
In the early stages of Growth, founders are carried forward by conviction and intuition, not evidence.
Movements tire of maintaining the tension with the world around them. They begin on the fringe of society but eventually want a seat at the table of acceptance.
Will you hold on to the ideal and cause reality to move toward it? Or will the vision be dragged down toward reality?
God is the author of the renewal of the church in its Mission. We must follow Peter’s example of obedience to the Word and the Spirit — even if the immediate result is confusion and conflict.
The fruit of God’s intervention in the life and mission of the early church was conflict; important matters that went to the heart of the gospel were at stake.
These are the signs of a movement in decline: The world invades the church
Declining institutions reward leaders for serving the organization rather than the cause.
At its heart, institutionalism is not just an organizational problem, it’s a spiritual and moral problem. The only hope is a return to Identity.
their authority came from their Identity.
People trapped in declining institutions feel powerless. That feeling can be an excuse to do nothing.
Theological liberalism is beyond recovery as it recognizes no authority beyond itself.
Christian progressives talk about reaching those unreached by traditional churches, but I see no evidence of that happening.
the Christian progressives’ mission has become about political, economic, and social transformation. There’s no reason to seek and to save the lost because they believe nobody is lost. God is not offended by sin; Christ died as an example, not as a sin offering.
Liberal and progressive Christianity are not just a failure of the intellect; they are a moral and spiritual failure.
One of the recurring themes in the story of God’s people is our forgetfulness. We forget God’s great deeds on our behalf. We forget our Identity. We form gods in our own image and worship them.
how can a church be renewed if it recognizes no authority higher than itself? What hope is possible if the church places its own word above God’s Word or if it exchanges the spirit of the age for the Holy Spirit?
The valley of dry bones teaches us there is no life without the Word of God, no breath without the Spirit of God, and no direction without the Mission of God.
Rebirth begins with repentance: it begins with a return to Identity in God’s Word, Spirit, and Mission.
movements must adapt to their changing environment while remaining true to their Identity.
Pruning is painful, but it’s necessary for deep change in our Identity.
Teaching the Word is not enough. Disciples must learn to obey it.
Multiplying movements like NoPlaceLeft make evangelism, discipleship, and the multiplication of churches their primary mission.
The 3-Circles is a simple method for sharing the gospel.27 You can learn it in a session, practice it, and immediately share