Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Steve and Laura Smith

Steve and Laura Smith

In December 2005 I had just left China and was passing through Singapore where James Creasman introduced to two men named Smith who were devoting their lives to training and coaching movement pioneers across Asia. I knew movements as a careful observer, they knew movements as participants. I shared the lessons that ultimately ended up in my first book, Movements that Changed the World. They listened and encouraged me to keep going, as I was on the right track. One of those Smiths was named Steve.

I understood movement principles, Steve Smith helped ground those principles in action. I met Steve again in Singapore in 2010 at a gathering of movement trainers. I think there might have been 40 people. Steve got us in the room and facilitated peer learning and application. I watched the way he drew people together, among them some strong personalities and opinions. He led with skill and spiritual authority. He was a man committed to building coalitions to fulfill the Great Commission.

When I stop and think of Steve Smith right now, two words come to mind — grace and determination.

We met many more times at various gatherings, I can recall Houston, Dubai, Dublin and England.

This is what Steve Smith taught me—give your life to obeying Christ’s command to make disciples of the nations. Pursue it with all your might. Don’t be content with your own efforts, train and mobilize God’s people, build coalitions, learn from other practitioners. Go deep with God as you depend on the Holy Spirit and obey his Word. Steve and Laura modeled what it means to go this journey together as a family. Lastly, Steve taught me that you can face anything in this life, even the horror of cancer and the confusion of unanswered prayer, and with Christ, you can triumph.

After a long illness, Steve Smith died on March 13. He was fifty-seven. He leaves behind Laura, three grown sons: Cris, David, Josh and wife Caroline and twin grandsons.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Tim 4:7

167-Steve Smith talks about Spirit powered movements

I interviewed Steve Smith recently on a range of topics. In this live webinar with Nate Vander Stelt, Steve Smith goes deep on the topic of Spirit powered movements.

Thanks to our friends at GACX for making the interview available.


166-Finishing the Task: Steve Smith


The gospel of the kingdom will be preached as a testimony to all nations,
and then the end will come.

Matthew 24:14

Steve Smith shares his journey with church planting movements. He discusses his latest book, Spirit Walk: The Extraordinary Power of Acts for Ordinary People. Finally, Steve outlines the 24:14 Coalition and answers the question: What will it take to finish the task?


Pursuing Spirit-powered Movements with Steve Smith

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A key for movements is God-empowerment through the Holy Spirit. It is the foundation which allows believers to faithfully and fruitfully obey God. New Testament disciples well understood this ancient path, which has largely been forgotten by our generation.

In his recently released book, Spirit Walk, Steve Smith takes a practical look at what the Bible has to say about living and working out of the fullness of God — whether for personal life transformation or fruitfulness in ministry.

During this live and interactive webinar, Steve will discuss how to move beyond methods and principles to true empowerment by the Spirit with examples from movements around the world.