Movements that change the world..
I finished this book by Steve Addison on the weekend.. thanksgiving weekend.. and found myself thankful that Steve took on this task. The book represents an eclectic survey of movements and data – a unique hybrid of research, observation, passion and faith. I really enjoyed the last third. My only criticism is that a systems perspective would have added depth and color to his analysis; but really haven’t Alan Roxburgh and Alan Hirsch given us enough of this already?
Addison’s approach is different enough from The Forgotten Ways that it is a nice complementary volume. He is working at integration of theory and practice and does an admirable job. Overall his work is both inspiring and convicting: we in the west are in deep trouble and the maps we used in the recent past do not show us the way forward. Will we relearn dependence on the Holy Spirit in this liminal place?
The last third consists of two sections: Rapid Mobilization and Adaptive Methods. He opens with a quote from a contractor who is less interested in the buildings than in building builders. This kind of vision and passion is the sort that forms dynamic movements. The chapter closes with a look at Ralph Moore and the Hope Chapel movement. I love this, “we’re not smart, we’re relentless.”
I was also struck again by the parallel between LTGs, Wesley’s bands and classes, and the triads being employed by groups like Life on the Vine. FORGE Canada will also use triads to anchor discipleship and formation on mission. I loved the simple little formula employed in the mini churches of Hope Chapel while reviewing bible material:
What did you learn (head)
What did God say to you (heart)
What will you do (hands)
Ok, more later..