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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Elevate: Faith (August 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937498131
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937498139
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.3 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeff Christopherson has a unique way of seeing things. I always enjoy talking with Jeff because he invariably offers a fresh, insightful perspective on issues that matter. This book is his magnum opus. In it he will challenge and inspire you and compel you to live your life differently after you read it. --Richard Blackaby, President of Blackaby Ministries

The Church needs to be awakened to the reality of the Kingdom of God--His global movement that will end around His throne with men and women from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation. There is no voice in contemporary culture that understands this more than Jeff Christopherson. I am so thankful for this book that speaks straight to the heart of this issue. May the awakening begin! --Vance Pitman, Senior Pastor of Hope Church in Las Vegas

Jeff Christopherson is one of the brightest missions minds in North America. In The Kingdom Matrix, he helps Christian leaders reconcile the altruistic impulses that so many unchurched people possess, with the hope of Christ that the church is uniquely positioned and commissioned to deliver. This isn't just a book of theories, but tested applications borne out of the context of his ministry. --Kevin Ezell, President of the North American Mission Board

The Church needs to be awakened to the reality of the Kingdom of God--His global movement that will end around His throne with men and women from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation. There is no voice in contemporary culture that understands this more than Jeff Christopherson. I am so thankful for this book that speaks straight to the heart of this issue. May the awakening begin! --Vance Pitman, Senior Pastor of Hope Church in Las Vegas

Jeff Christopherson is one of the brightest missions minds in North America. In The Kingdom Matrix, he helps Christian leaders reconcile the altruistic impulses that so many unchurched people possess, with the hope of Christ that the church is uniquely positioned and commissioned to deliver. This isn't just a book of theories, but tested applications borne out of the context of his ministry. --Kevin Ezell, President of the North American Mission Board

About the Author

Jeff Christopherson has a passion to see a Kingdom-centered church planting movement happen in North America. He has seen firsthand what can happen when a church 'gives itself away' through rapid multiplication. Jeff founded The Sanctuary network in Toronto and currently serves as Vice President of the North American Mission Board for the Northeast and Canada. Jeff and his wife, Laura, live in Toronto, Canada. They have two children.

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Kingdom Matrix is a great book that will give you a proper perspective on the church and God's kingdom.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charles Miller on August 13, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I received this book as a gift at a conference recently, and read it straight through without stopping. What I found so compelling was that it was written by a Southern Baptist who seemed to be challenging Evangelical practice and thought, but he did it in a way that brought me back to the Gospel, Christ and the Kingdom of God. It was convicting, empowering and concise. It is biblically surgical and compellingly narrative in scope and structure. I LOVED THIS BOOK! It's a must read for anyone serious about ministry in Western post-Christian cultures.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tobin on August 14, 2012
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WARNING! Don't buy this book unless you want your world rocked! The book was eye-opening for me and made me think more deeply about how God might use me in Kingdom work. But be careful. If you've been a comfortable church goer or ministry professional for years, this book will make you taken a long look at how you've spent your life and cause you to ask yourself questions you probably don't want to ask. The book centers on a matrix (duh, that's the title) built around sacred/secular & kingdom/darkness. Honestly, I hadn't thought as much as I should about the subjects Jeff approached in the book. I'm now glad I have. Get the book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David R. Blanton on July 22, 2013
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It's a concept book, it's not a "how to" book. The concept is good and presented well. I recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J Hogan on July 18, 2013
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Jeff Christopherson challenges our assumptions, deconstructs our methodologies, and lays out the road map for effectively engaging our culture. And he does so using biblical truth and his own experiences in being called to reach people for God's kingdom in a place where his area-wide neighbors are mostly known for indifference toward religion and, sometimes, antagonism toward Christianity.

Sound familiar? To many of us struggling to hold the line and desperate for kingdom gains in the face of a quickly changing culture, this book is, quite literally, a Godsend.

The book focuses on God and His kingdom, and how the church is meant to advance that kingdom, not as an end unto itself.

I highly recommend the book. It uses the bible to show how God's passions and ways have always been accessible. It is clear, well stated and story after story speaks to my heart in the same way as does the apostle Paul's utilization of the altar "To The Unknown God" to engage the people on Mars Hill--introducing them in their curiosity to the true God and advancing His kingdom through the gospel.

And Jeff Christopherson fleshes out the tales with "why it works" and "how to" information so the reader can grasp and apply the concepts, while leaving ample room for every Christian to adapt the principles shared for each of our individual contexts.

A great book. I've given numerous copies away and have one in my top desk drawer to revisit... and I'll soon replace that one as I give it away to another person hungry for Kingdom victories here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By niteews92 on June 2, 2013
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As a relatively new humble Christ follower, I've been hit in the face recently by the Holy Spirit for the importance and urgency of sharing the life changing news of the Gospel. The Kingdom Matrix has dramatically increased my understanding of God's true Kingdom as well as the people he has created to dwell within, lost and saved. It hits the nail on the head on many present issues in the 21st century American church, yet provides a powerful Jesus filled outline for every Christ follower and the church design that he intends. A definite recommendation for every believer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Fisherman on December 3, 2012
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Love my Kindle and Amazon does a great job with variety of downloads. Book is excellent narrative about Jeff's experience with building a new body of Believers. Love his observations and transparency.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Lamme on September 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
Kingdom Matrix is a paradigm shifting book for readers. For those of us in ministry it challenges us and our views of what we have been doing in churches and the starting of new ones. For those whom are on a Spiritual quest and asking question about Christianity and the church - this book will also shift your paradigms. Backed up with strong Biblical references this is a ground shaking work that has transformed my ministry 100 percent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dirty Clint on September 21, 2012
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Like some others here, I got the book as a registration gift for a conference and determined nearly immediately never to crack it. Why you ask? The title. I tend to be a bit cynical and I've noticed that for some reason Christian leaders seem to like to title books, blog posts and sermon series' after popular entertainment (i.e. Extreme Home Makeover: Jesus Edition) I have generally filed this kind of thing in the same mental compartment that I keep Weird Al Yankovik parodies. So a book with the word "Matrix" in the title was an immediate turn off (even though I've never seen the movie and know nothing of the plot)

A few days after the conference I noticed that the author and I were had a lot in common. We were both church planter's and both serving in the same denominational organization... so, I decided to overlook my Weird Al complex and give the first chapter a read. I'm really glad i did.

I was gripped by the story in the introduction of the book (the one about Jack Conner and Jeff's parents) I was hooked for the rest of the book. It's not often that you read a book with such a balance meaningful, thought provoking concepts and practical instruction for church leaders. Every few pages my reading nook was illuminated by the "ahhh" light bulb hanging over my head. Very helpful book I highly recommend it particularly for those who live with a since that modern churches aren't exactly hitting the bulls eye when it comes to the churches mission. I'm even a little motivated to see The Matrix now.
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