Category Archives: Movement Principles

Pioneering Movements: 2. The role of outsiders

When at least four generations of new disciples and new churches becomes the norm, you are in the middle of a church planting movement (CPM). What do the best practitioners observe about the role of outsiders, or cross-cultural workers, in a CPM? This is what the best outsiders do: Encourage. Meet with you people regularly […]

Uneducated leadership

The second common objecting levelled at church planting movements (CPMs): New believers are rushed into leadership without academic theological education. This was charge levelled at Jesus followers, they were ordinary men who were untrained in academic theology and without proper credentials (Acts 4:13). The same charge was levelled at John Wesley’s workers and preachers. Every […]

Lessons on movements from a leader who is finishing strong.

An Interview with George Patterson from Southeastern Seminary on Vimeo. George was one of the early pioneers in church multiplication and remains one of the most influential figures in the field. You can listen on two levels: 1) how to make disciples and multiply communities 2) how God led and shaped George over time. This […]

51% empty or 49% full?

Researchers asked 1094 Australians who do not regard themselves as Christians: How open are you to changing your religious worldview? A majority of 51% are not open at all. So you can agonize over how to change the 51% who are resistant, or you can change your perspective and ask, How do we connect with […]

Leading change

A number of years ago I developed a program for denominational teams on fueling church planting movements. We met six times over two years for two to three days each time. Each time we met for two to three days and tackled a topic related to applying church planting movement principles: vision for church planting […]

026-Movements and Money [podcast]

A while ago I heard this short talk by Simon Pillar on the link between generosity and the spread of the gospel. The Gospels and Acts identify many people who used their wealth for the advance of the Christian movement. It’s a bootleg recording from the Arrow graduation dinner so the quality is less than […]


Why we can’t change the world

Most of the books on the topic of Changing the World were written in the last twenty years. Before 1900 we can’t find any books written on changing the world in the previous 500 years. OK I jumped on the bandwagon and called my book, Movements that Change the World. Who says we’re going to […]

Salvation by faith and mission by works?

Working on this next book got me thinking. . . Are we saved by faith, only to carry out our mission by works? Pull down off your shelves every book you have on evangelism, church planting or mission. Flip through them. What premise are they based on? Who is the main character in their story […]

Apostolic ministry

Sixteen years ago I wrote my Doctor of Ministry dissertation on Apostolic Ministry. The project got me thinking about Movements. Every now and again I get a request for a copy. Usually someone has heard Alan Hirsch referring to it. One day I’ll rework it and turn it into a book. Meanwhile if you want […]

Organization vs movement vs philosophy

Some wisdom from Seth Godin: An organization uses structure and resources and power to make things happen. Organizations hire people, issue policies, buy things, erect buildings, earn market share and get things done. Your company is probably an organization. A movement has an emotional heart. A movement might use an organization, but it can replace […]