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Leading Kingdom Movements Paperback – January 20, 2015
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The "Everyman" notebook on how to change the world. From the beginning, God has been in the business of movements. Starting them. Multiplying them. Changing the world through them. And in Jesus, we see this come together in practice. HOW. How do you start a Kingdom movement that can change the world. But in Jesus, through his life and taking his teachings seriously, we see how we can lead a Kingdom movement. In this book, Mike explores the key components of how to lead a Kingdom movement. Starting with Jesus, then through the lens of Paul and stories an principles seen in his own life, he offers a humble way forward in creating, growing and multiplying a Kingdom movement.
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But it's also a remarkably challenging resource, because so much of it deals with the inner journey of brokenness and humbling that leaders must undergo if they are going to be used by God in this way. It ends up being a journey that's SIMPLE (easy to understand and access) but HARD (difficult to engage in the death to self required to operate this way).
Overall, this is a phenomenal resource for anyone wanting to see God's kingdom breakthrough in their neighborhoods and relational networks. Highly recommended if you want a window into the ethos of a kingdom movement.
1) Orbits: Breen talks about developing leaders by expanding their orbits. Imagine two objects in space: one a mature object and the other a younger object. The younger object orbits around the more mature object, learning along the way. Over time, the younger object begins to broaden it's orbit, moving farther and farther from the mature object, but still circling back for input and guidance. This is an image of discipleship.
[On a side note, I think this orbits idea also has a significant application to parenting.]
2) Oikos: The oikos is an extended family, the network of 20-50 people who made up a Greek household. In Breen's ministry model, the oikos is a significant place of ministry and vehicle for mission. He calls it the "social space." This is a space that is mostly missing from the ministry models I've experienced.
Think about the environments you see in ministries. "Public space" shows up on Sunday morning services. "Personal space" shows up in Small Groups, 6-12 people. "Intimate space" shows up in Discipling as we meet with one or two people for accountability and coaching. Think of these as family reunions, nuclear families and (to put it awkwardly) marriages. What's missing is the extended family, something that's often missing in the Western culture from which we often derive our ministry models.
I'm excited to put this model to work and see what sort of fruit Jesus produces from it. Definitely worth checking out.