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Tribal Church: Lead Small. Impact Big. Paperback – January 15, 2012
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Kurt Bruner is pastor of Spiritual Formation at Lake Pointe Church and president of HomePointe Inc., a network of church leaders creating a culture of strong family tribes. A former vice president with Focus on the Family, Kurt is the best-selling author of more than a dozen books. He and his wife have four children.
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Woven amongst the discussion of tribes are glimpses of the remarkable story of the growth and ministries of Lake Pointe Church since its start in 1979. Lake Pointe has grown to be a very big church, but the book is not about aspiring to be big; it is about being faithful to your present opportunities to minister to the tribe or tribes that make up your church. Lake Pointe has multiple campuses, but all are reasonably close, with the purpose of encouraging those who were already coming to Lake Pointe to be salt and light in their local community.
The family tribe is an important focus of the book, both with regard to the church leader's own family and the families in the church. The family is regarded as God's primary vehicle for spiritual formation, and Lake Pointe provides a number of family resources and runs frequent church-wide campaigns encouraging families to take responsibility for their children's spiritual formation such as by praying together at least 5 times per week.
There is always something to be learned from looking at how another church approaches ministry. Lake Pointe has clearly been influenced by others such as Saddleback and Willow Creek, but it has its own distinctive culture and practices. Most large churches experience some difficulties in trying to give attenders the "small church" experience as well as the "big church", and it seems to me that there is much to learn from the tribal approach advocated by the authors.
Here's my cover review:
'Steve Stroope is the wisest and most effective pastor I know! This book is a treasure chest of godly wisdom for church leaders. Steve gives us an inside look at the actual tools and methods he's used to lead Lakepointe from a handful of people to a thriving and healthy multi-site church of thousands. Every pastor needs this book in their library. '
-- Nelson Searcy, Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, author and founder[...]
small, medium, and large size churhes can learn from. I heartly endorse it to become a
classic like Rick Warren's Purpose Drive Church, and Randy Pope's Intentional Church.
I also thought chapter 3, the focus on families within a church, is something that more churches need to emphasize in their ministry priorities. We all say we love families but how much do we invest in developing the families in our churches? Lakepointe has put their money where their proverbial mouth is.
The final big takeaway for me was the philosophy of having medium-sized groups as a step between attending church and attending a small group.
Other than that, I felt the book wasn't as applicable or made a strong enough case to sway me to consider the Lakepointe way as a better approach to do ministry. Nonetheless, you can't argue with success and God has used Lakepointe to do some powerful things and impacted too many lives to count. So, if you are looking for a model to consider, look at Tribal Church. If you're already pretty far along in ministry, you'll get something from this book but you'll probably not abandon your way of ministry to embrace this wholesale.
Whether you like the paradigm or not, the author does delve into the processes and mechanics which allow the multisite megachurch with which he works to function. The book is filled with a number of practical matters regarding one's personal life and leadership, the way elders should function, the way leaders should function, the ins and outs of multisite churches, relational evangelism strategies, and so on.
It would seem that the author does not consider the types of leadership manifest in the New Testament as fully authoritative; there's some disconnect between the author's definitions of "pastor" vs. "elder" from the elder/bishop/pastor and evangelists of the New Testament. I also am not entirely sold on the "multisite" concept: let multiple sites be the multiple churches that we would see in the New Testament period. And then there are the matters of whether we should be trying to find ways to "break up" people into tribes, whether all "innovations" that lead to growth are really ideal, and other matters of that sort.
Regardless, the book has many practical suggestions worth considering.
**--galley received as part of early review program
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