The Chaordic Tension of Movements

chaosTrue, apostolic movements are continually torn between chaos and order. This tension will always exist inside a healthy movement. Chaos needs to be present for movements to emerge.

That is why institutions do not respond well to emerging movements. Most institutions tend to move towards stability and conformity. Churches and non-profits are no exception.

"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God's messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn't let me.” (Luke 13:34)

When God births a Movement

godbWhen God births a movement, He works through many different people. In a previous article we looked at two roles in the church that often have little tolerance for one another – the hunter and the herder. But when hunters and herders begin to appreciate one another and work together, we see healthy movements emerge. However, as much as hunters and herders often misunderstand one another, they often both misunderstand and under-appreciate the roles of the strategist, catalyst and activist. The reason we are so slow to recognize these roles, is because they are largely hidden. But in true movements, you will always find them. How do these people contribute to movements?

Mentoring for Movements

The concepts found in Disciple Making Movements are beginning to be widely accepted. But as this acceptance spreads, we are also experiencing a lot of confusion. Part of this confusion results from the application of Disciple Making Movements methodology in a variety of contexts.

Workplace Disciple Making

workplDiscovery Groups are taking off in cities – and one of the contexts is the workplace. This is the place where many people spend the majority of their time.

Watch as we visit a workplace Discovery Bible Study in Cape Town, South Africa. Listen to the stories of how it is changing lives – not only of the participants, but also their families and communities. Can we believe for more of these to be started in workplaces globally?


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