The End of the Hunt kIn August I received a copy of The Church As Movement Starting and Sustaining Missional Incarnational Communities by JR Woodward and Dan White Jr from their publisher Intervarsity Press I was excited to dig into the book as I havenown JR for a long time and I m regularly impressed by his thoughts on church and faith When I first met JR he had recently transitioned from an incredibly successful church plant on the campus of Virginia Tech to starting a cluster of neighborhood churches in three different communities in Los Angeles Since that time he has been on the forefront of missiology and church planting in various contexts in the US and abroad While I am not familiar with Dan White I Rozvaliny Gorlanu (Hraničářův učeň, know that JReeps company with many thoughtful individuals who are serious about a fresh embodiment of what it means to be a Too many of us now how frustrating and even hurtful it can be to love Jesus s church but not fit into any local church anyone who uestions the elevated role of the Sunday service has felt the isolation In light of this Church as Movement is than the practical guidebook it sets out to be it s the resounding reminder that we re not alone that we re not crazy Reading Church as Movement is a similar experience to talking with the authors in person it leaves us exclaiming I ve finally found my tribe Even better Church as Movement is the rare book that inspires both the dreamers and the doers JR and Dan have done than dream of a fresh way forward for the church they have lived it They pour their dreams and passion into every chapter but they also punctuate their pages with charts graphs and other resources While many missional church books are heavy on vision but light on details this is a gift to all missional planters a vision of how to use the details to grow our dreams instead of drown themChurch as Movement builds to and flows from the central concept that the church is not a building a weekly gathering or a program but a people God has called out of the world and sent back into the world to redeem and renew it The trouble is this is an easier sentence to tweet than to live Okyou can t tweet it either because it has over 140 characters but you get the idea This book was borne from JR and Dan s failures and breakthroughs Then after they started and led communities they began to coach others how to do it too In fact this book was initially compiled as a coaching curriculum for church planters This is perhaps its greatest strength each chapter has undergone countless edits stemming from rich conversations with on the ground planters The final product is a must have for anyone interested in missional communities Among other things JR and Dan present how to lead a community with movement in mind the importance of scalable tools an understanding of mission and incarnation and how to structure leadership They walk through discipleship as an essential catalyst of movement first for who the leader is then how to lead others who lead others who lead others Community is explored as a recurring theme from the shared table to a collective rule and They also emphasize the neighborhood over the sanctuary stage as where God is moving and offer clear steps shifting both paradigm and practice Plus every chapter includes uestions for reflecting and notes with further resources Anyone would benefit from reading it on their own it is really designed to be used by group Church as Movement paints a refreshing vision for church as it could be and should be I can t express how much I ve benefited from its wisdom practical instruction and clear message of hope I m confident it will influence the missional church movement for years to come I m profoundly grateful that I ve finally found my tribe The Church as Movement JRWoodard We have failed to be and make disciples of Jesus The cost of non discipleship is the irrelevance of the church Transformation comes by following Christ through the Spirit with others We must die to self our infatuation with speed and size and devote ourselves to the work of making disciples Movement starts with our imitation of Christ Movement occurs when we answer our call to live in communion with God and out of the overflow of our life with God we live into our sentness as a community carrying out his
co mission to be a sign forestaste and instrument of his ingdom The mission to be a sign forestaste and instrument of his ingdom The industrial complex is a mindset about the church an unuestioned undergirding concept of the church informed by United States idea of success American imagination success means growing bigger collecting resources consolidating power creating strong hierarchical structures and growing rapidly These are obvious simplistic cultural signs of success what we can count We need a new lens programs property people in attendance paid staff The church as movement moves discipleship to the center Multiplication trumps addition in the long run it s a marathon not a sprint The church as industrial complex desires to be on stage The church as movement desires to be in the streets We have to ask whether the church is most faithful in its witness to the crucified and risen Jesus and recognizable as the community that bears about in the body the dying Jesus when it is chiefly concerned with its own self aggrandizement Mao s reign Bamboo Curtain opened in 1980 s thriving church of 60 80 million Christians They believed every believer is church planter and every church a church planting church The seed has the potential of becoming a tree and a tree has the potential of becoming a forest God is building his church The gates of hell will not prevail Genuine growth is not manufactured or numerical alone It is being the church in the way of Christ the power of the Spirit and allowing God to bring fruit in whatever way God sees fit Our focus is being faithful and joining God s mission trusting him for fruitfulness Jesus said Well done my good and faithful not fruitful servant When we try to control fruit it leads to surface level growth and passive consumptive disciples Our job is to be fruitful in the way of Jesus Christ and as we do that God will make us fruitful John 15 We plant and water and till God causes growth in time and His way Get rid of clergy laity divide Priesthood of all believersCommunion Community Co mission Discipleship LeadershipChristianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ BonhoefferIf we seek first to make disciples we will become vital congregations have authentic worship experience real fellowship and develop effective mission Phil Meadows Movement reuires simplicity reproducibility by just about everyone Discipleship leads to missional incarnational community living in the world for the sake of the world in the way of Jesus We noticed that God tends to do less than we expect in the first 3 years and than we expect over 10 15 years 3 5 years God works in us so that we are better prepared for what he does through us Sticky tools are alliteration rhyme or repetition Easy to pass on and share Scalable at different levels APEST we are all to teach care for one another share our faith with others live in the Spirit and speak truth to one another and the powers that be and live as sent people Some are apostolic evangelists pastor prophets prophetic teachers A P trailblazers S E healers 2 base gifts usually Each APEST has a weakness eg immature pastors may be drive by fear people pleasing create dichotomy between community and missionSometimes God calls us to mature in a season by living into another part of the 5fold typology not part of our base gifting Christianity started in Palestine as community moved to Greece to become a philosophy went to Rome to become an institution and Europe to become a government and America to become an enterprise What might it take to return to community It is better to live by faith and fail than to allow fear to win
the day and slowly die Leaders create culture What is your ultimate aim Israel insisted on a day and slowly die Leaders create culture What is your ultimate aim Israel insisted on a They were never meant to wear the ring LOTR Player coach continuum Everyone is a player but not everyone has been given the grace to coach Everyone has a calling and ministry but only some are given the grace to devote time to euipping others Mutual leadership is an effort to share power among a trust soaked vision distributed emotionally mature Christ rooted team For the sake of God s mission in the world we need to distribute leadershipCommunity before clergy Submission before sergeant Disciples before deciders Our 1st responsibility is to develop people Consultative before concrete Accountability before autonomy Follow me as I follow Christ Jesus primary way of evaluating the church is asking Are we fulfilling his command to make disciples To live we must die The way to spiritual riches is acknowledging spiritual poverty The way to rule is become servant of all Self awareness inner life of a disciple is paying attention to the iceberg under the surface of the water for transformation Nothing is important than relationship with God nothing satisfying than being in his presence nothing is vital for fruitful ministry than our communion with God Thus nothing is challenging Pursuing God is a struggle God is sweeter for the long seeking AW Tozer Henri Nouwen Great difference between success and fruitfulness Success comes from power control and respectability It brings rewards and fame Fruitfulness however comes through weakness faithfulness and vulnerability Community is the fruit born through shared weakness meaningful presence in the neighborhood comes through a long faithfulness and experiencing the surprise of the Spirit comes through vulnerability Let s remind one another that what brings true joy is not successfulness but fruitfulness Are you developing an inner life that has capacity to face the challenges and resist the temptations we encounter in ministry Often our sense of self worth is tied to the size of our impact Nope Matthew 317 Young adult formation is heavily influenced by celebrity preachers podcast and massive platform we are tempted to imitate success We are tempted by production power and popularity The irony is that I hide because I m afraid if the full truth about myself is nown I won t be loved But whatever is hidden cannot be loved I can only be loved to the extent that I make myself Izmeklētājs. Būris known And I can only be fully loved if I m fullynown John Ortberg 3 stages of openness guarded communication everyday authenticity and deep disclosure with close friends trust intimacy Making DisciplesYou will now as much of God and only as much of God as you are wiling to put into practice Eric LiddellDon t be fooled by church attendance Unless people are on an intentional discipleship path they will not be shaped for God *s mission in the world Why do we focus on the crowds when Jesus focused on the *mission in the world Why do we focus on the crowds when Jesus focused on the LOTR is great metaphor for cultivating a discipleship core and going on mission together This is what Jesus did calling others into a daring commitment to go on mission with him Follow me as I follow the example of Christ Creating meta moments often happen when we contemplate stuff we ve heard a 1000 times before but seek to deconstruct it in a way that reveals the big meaning hidden in plain sight you just blew my mind Mt 912 13 KingdomNT. 2016 IVP Readers' Choice AwardMissio Alliance Essential Reading List of 2016Public gatherings are vital for movement but too often in our approach to planting churches we haven't paid enough attention to the difficult grassroots work of movement discipleship community formation and mission This book will help you start missional incarnational communities in a way that reflects the viral movement of the early New Testament church JR Woodward Hope and he is teaching us selfless love If I am being honest I m not generally a big fan of books on church planting My lack of enthusiasm stems from two primary observationsFirst many books on church planting are authored by people who actually have surprisingly limited experience in church planting or whose credibility rests on a single relatively meaningless criterion their ability to draw a large crowdSecond a preponderance of books on church planting that seem to gain popular traction lack any meaningful theological foundations andor framework for their proposalsThe Church as Movement by my friends JR Woodward and Dan White Jr I am thrilled to say subverts those stereotypes and gives me fresh hope for a new breed of resources in this areaHere s why I say that Full review here This is an incredibly helpful tool for church leaders and especially church planters A must read Fantastic reorientation for the church planting movementAs I embark on the journey of planting a second church JR and Dan s work has become vitally important for how I seek to engage the city and culture around me with the grace and love of Jesus Their work is a practical workbook experience that helps you take stock of your current progress while continuing to think about the bigger picture and what you are striving to achieve through God s Spirit I couldn t recommend this book in this season of church planting and cultural engagement Summary An interactive guide for communities wanting to learn how to become missional incarnational movements rather than Christian industrial complexes through growth in eight competenciesJR Woodward and Dan White Jr believe there is something fundamentally wrong with an American church model focused around the metrics of buildings butts in the seats and budgets as one friend describes it They refer to this as the Christian industrial complex that has indeed become big business to the point that it shapes how Christians pursue life together and mission and engage society In this interactive guidebook the authors propose a model of church as movement one that focuses on our communion with God our sentness as a community and our co mission to live as a sign foretaste and instrument of his ingdom in ever expanding geographical areas p 23This happens as groups grow into eight competencies around which the book is organizedMovement Intelligence Movements are on the street rather than the stage multiply as they move outward and leverage a five fold set of people giftsPolycentric Leadership Movements organize around many centers of leadership in a flat structure rather than around a single leader over a hierarchical structureBeing Disciples Movements recognize that one must be a disciple to make disciples growing in inward outward and upward journeys overcoming soul pressures and becoming sacred companions who experience a depth of vulnerability that enables people to embrace their true selvesMaking Disciples Movements make disciples through meta reflective and experiential learning a pedagogy used in this guide build on a scaffolding of safety and stretching and gather and develop discipleship cores through phases of forming storming norming and performingMissional Theology Movements understand the missional story of which they are a part God s social and sending nature the nature of his ingdom the holistic gospel in six acts and the sacramental markers of baptism and the Lord s tableEcclesial Architecture This is not about church buildings but the structuring of a movement s life around communion community and co mission the gathered and scattered rules of life that constitute a movement and the different spaces of belonging intimate personal social and public in which it existsCommunity Formation Movements develop a common life a shared table and learning healing welcoming liberating and thriving environments Movements are characterized by trust building truth telling and peacemakingIncarnational Practices Movements come NEAR their neighborhoods they learn its Narrative Ethics Associations and Rituals and learn to be present in that context often with the aid of a person of peaceThe guide follows a three fold formational learning approach1 Meta learning is identifying the overarching essential truth in each section for one personally2 Reflective learning explores how what you are learning makes you feel including points of conflict clarity or confusion3 Experiential learning identifies real time action steps a group will take to attempt to put into practice what they are learning and the learning that comes from this experienceEach of the eight competencies has several sections concluding with a set of formational learning uestions following this three fold pattern It is suggested that people work through this material with a group Groups meeting weekly can take a section at a time and complete the guide in eight months Alternately groups meeting twice a month might take a chapter each time they meet and complete it in four months The latter approach seems less workable to me because each competency provides several sections of content difficult to cover adeuately and difficult to experience in a single session every two weeksI can see several settings in which this might work One would be for a church leadership team trying to make the transition from industrial complex to movement to practice first within themselves and then to multiply through their church A second would be for a small group within a church or network of groups who want to become missional incarnational communities It would seem important after several weeks of meetings to storm and norm to get to a place of group ownership Finally a group perhaps set apart by church to plant in a nearby community might use this as a guide for laying the groundwork to plantWhat is helpful for all these groups is an approach that focuses on shared competencies rather than merely planting or growth strategies Actually most of these flow from the practice of the competencies in a particular neighborhood context So often in the eagerness to do something these competencies are neglected Disciples are not developed A nimble leadership is absent and there is a reversion to hierarchy and often burnout Instead of a compelling story we recycle nostrums Woodward and White out of their own extensive experience of growing such movements provide a comprehensive guide for others warming to God s missional heart It s a uick read A lot of practical advice about planting Missional communities and churches However I found myself moving through it rather uickly because much of it has been covered in other books that I have read for my program And
in general it wasn t sticky enough to remember can often tell alot about a general it wasn t sticky enough to remember can often tell alot about a by its title In The Church As Movement authors JR Woodward and Dan White Jr do an excellent job unpacking the title of this book For most of us our view of church is tied up in a building a place we go to on a particular day of the week Our inherited patterns of church fall short of the ind of movement that Jesus and his disciples initiated Imagine what it would look like for us to return once again to The Church as Movement where everyone regardless of race gender and class is an active agent in the game This book will help the reader understand with great clarity what it looks like to recover lost practices and perspectives of living this out in the world around us on a day to day basisFor those not familiar with the terms missional and incarnational the authors do well at not only unpacking these terms as well as others related to them but explaining it as wellMissional is about joining God in His work of restoration in the world around us Not only is God relational he is also a sending God In other words God is missional in his very essence The Father sends the Son into the world to reveal and inaugurate the ingdom the Father and Son send the Spirit into the world to continue their work and the Son sends the church into the world through the power of the Spirit so that we can join our triune God in the renewal of all things Rev 21 5 Incarnation is about inhabiting the place where God has called us to live to engage in grounded missional practices in the concrete realities of life It s moving from Facebook to facing
neighbors and networks s about standing in solidarity with those who suffer and celebrating with those who are experiencing the goodness of life Mission and Incarnation is best expressed in community and not an individualistic pursuit Too often we approach mission in an individualistic fashion instead of communally We get the impression that Jesus has sent us out alone by ourselves But typically he sent people in at least pairs There is much I love about Woodward s and White s book and much that challenges my thoughts and perspectives as well I have highlights in this book than I usually do in other books Over the last 10 years or so there have been many books written that introduces readers to the missional conversation that is taking place This book builds on the works of others on this same subject without repeating much of the same conversation but taking the conversation several steps further If you are ready to move from theory to practice in forming missional communities this book will prove valuableOne of the many things I love about the book is how broad the concepts range but how interrelated they are to the topic at hand The reader will begin the journey to understanding the church as movement The reader will learn about leadership structures with a specific focus on Polycentric Leadership Woodward and White also do perhaps the best I have seen at unpacking giftedness with an intentional focus on the theo genetic coding of the five fold typology and how these relate to starting and sustaining missional incarnational communities The reader then will journey to understanding how to be a disciple and then how to make disciples The reader will then come to a broader understanding of missional theology to help frame and broaden perspective of living out our sent ness From there the reader will come to an understanding of ecclesial architecture that allows the reader to designs systems and structures for mission Finally there are the much needed competencies of community formation and incarnational practicesThis book will serve as a valuable resource and troubleshooting guide for years to come for practitioners in starting and sustaining communities The many exercises with a focus on formational learning through meta learning reflective learning and experiential learning along with the resources available within this book gives the reader many tools to process implement and apply what they are readingOrder a copy and allow your perspectives of church to be reframed and charged with a grander vision than what we usually settle for Move beyond inherited structures and patterns of church to a glimpse of God s Kingdom movement in the world around usNOTE I received an advance e copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for a fair and unbiased review The thoughts expressed here are my own The last ten years has given us a series of books on building the church not as an institution or an entertainm. Ses and reflection uestions and activities It's ideal for church planting teams or discipleship groups to use together It's not enough to understand why the church needs missional and incarnational congregationsThe Church as Movement will also show you how to make disciples that make disciples This is the engine that drives the church as movement so that everyday Christians can be present in the world to join God's mission in the way of Jesus. Jesus asks 307 uestions in the Gospels while he is asked 183 he only answers 3 of them directly Typically he answers a with a He expertly challenged people s underlying assumptions We d do good to model this in our discipleship spaces Jesus helped disciples to understand what was in their hearts by asking them uestions and drawing them out Good s make space for God s disruptive Spirit to work Sometimes the disciples are caught off guard by Jesus disarming uestions a techniue for putting them in a learning posture Jesus sought to make disciples involving reflective learning Jesus taught immersively with experiential learning leading by example Consumerism has trained us to demand a finished product that meets our highest standards if we don t like the uality of something we move on and purchase something else Discipleship cannot be consumed we must participate in it The church as industrial complex still acts as if the HS primarily shows up in a building at organized events this is a brick and mortar mentality Jn 167 1 Cor 619 The Holy Spirit in relational temple of average ordinary disciples euipped and sustained with the presence of God 1 Communion What is God s Spirit doing in me 2 Community What is God s Spirit doing around me 3 Co mission What is God s Spirxit doing through me 4 Next step What is our response to the Spirit Missional TheologyWhen the gospel is reduced to private affair between us and God it s not only self serving but becomes irrelevant to the world eg poverty violence ecological disasters broken familiesGod is relational and missional The Father sends the Son into the world to reveal and inaugurate the ingdom the F S send the Spirit into the world to continue their work and the S sends the church into the world through the power of the Spirit so that we can join our Triune God in the renewal of all things Rev 215 When you lose Trinitarian focus history shows patriarchaldominating patterns colonial missions rise of modern atheism Don t approach mission unidirectional coming to meet needsshare good news we can unintentionally exacerbate the already marred image of God in those we are being sent to When we have them participate in the mission bringing their gifts to the table they wake up to the fact that they are made in God s image Jesus sent out the 70 in the same wayThe beginning of mission is the self giving relationship of the F S HS Our greatest gift is our life together our interdependent love filled community When we turn the church into a productionfranchise we lose the beautiful relational witness of the Trinity John 2021 Mission is primarily and ultimately the work of the Triune God Creator Redeemer and Sanctifier for the sake of the world a ministry in which the church is privileged to participate Mission originates in the heart of God God is a fountain of sending love Living between the resurrection and the glorious picture of the Finding Reason kingdom in Revelation is a lot like living between D Day and VE Day Jesus has established a beachhead and effected a decisive victory over the powers but we still linger in the already but not yet of theingdom of God The church is sign foretaste and instrument of God s Sniper (Women of the United Federation Marines, kingdom Sign points to something not yet fully visible Our way of life together ought to point people to God s future Conversion is changing stories trusting God and switching stories american story hollywood story We start to live by a different script Jesus way is the way of forgiveness not revenge encouragement gossip serving dominating humility arrogance devotion distraction generosity greed faithful to the end If his way isn t our way we need to ask whether we trust him and have fully applied his work to our lives Salvation is not about leaving the world but leaving the ways of this world and entering into God s world through the life death and resurrection of JC Trusting that in the end heaven and earthiss Evangelism works best in the context where it s an answer to a uestion The Christian hope is not that someday all believers get to die and go to heaven Indeed the only reason anyone ever goes to heaven is sin If Adam Eve never sinned they would have continued to live on this planet enjoying the beauty of Creation as they walked in close fellowship with their Creator Escaping Creation and going to heaven is not the solution Sin is the reason for hunger war injustice and death Sin is taking a stand against God and his loving reign against life and well being Seeking autonomy from God we experience shame guilt and condemnation We make gods in our own image rather than accepting that we are made in God s image Just as sin began with individuals and rippled out to contaminate the entire world so grace begins with individuals and ripples out to redeem the rest of creation Sacramental nature of mission A birthday party for our son is a public way for others to hear how grateful we are that God brought our son into the world Sacrament of Lord s Supper offers us a reminder that GOd s work in the world brings together the scandal that death brings new life The double meaning is 1 God laid down his life We should never forget this and we should do the same 2 God is joyously welcoming the world to His table and we should do the same Ecclesial ArchitectureCommunion and worship are a way of life learning to live in the lifedance of God throughout our ordinary lifeChurch is called to be the welcoming committee not managers of the guest list Church essence is people who find their identity in the arms of God communion rallied around tables welcoming each other community and sent out into the world with serving hands co mission Jesus models this Lk 612 19Rule rhythm for gathered people Different inds of prayer intercession supplication praise listening healing Scripture lectio divina responsive readings reenacting a short story of Bible singing confessing sharing stories of God s recent work and partaking at the Lord s Table draw us into the presence of God Organizing around communion community and co mission is like building an exercise routine regular incremental practices practicing presence of God and sabbath weekly Meet with people weeklyOur Neighbors And Networks
Using Discipleship Tool Bless 3 People Dailydiscipleship tool bless 3 people daily person outside church and have a meal weekly with non Christian Rule is practice Rhythm is how often you engage Practice God s presence by being thankful Thank you God for gift of new day that I can see taste hear smell
IMAGINE CREATE RELATE WORK I AM A CHILD OFcreate relate work I am a child of loved forgiven valued The HS lives within me He s made me an ambassador to the world giving me calling gifts and purposeSabbath ceasing anxiety work resting physical spiritual emotional intellectual social embracing intentionality community time giving shalom feasting eternal music beauty meal affection festivalDiscipleship confession encouragement reconciliation Everyone has a rule rhythm Is yours forming you to be like ChristNot individualism but interdependence Too often our talks end with Nice sermon Pastor Don t confuse public space with personal space Genuine emotional interaction is unnatural here Public space backfires when we attract people to dynamic preaching and worship in order to get them interested in community mission and discipleship This is a genuine challenge to consumer society Neil Cole What you win people with you win them toPublic gatherings provide inspiration and momentum by gathering stories of ministry and mission taking place in community Which space are we seeking to multiplyMissional culture LAAMPS language artifacts assumptions mission marks practices strategy When someone says Let s go to church reveals a lack of understanding of church nature Church is not something we go to it is something we are We go to a weekly gathering we attend a service but we are the churchTo live into church eliminate words like volunteers and use biblical words sent ones priests saints missionaries ambassadors ministers Volunteer implies choice to be active in the body of ChristWhat visually represents us What does our website reveal Where do people find our missionvisionvaluespractices and definition of successMission What is God calling us to do We don t invent it we receive it from God Mission statement is few well crafted words or simple statement articulating overarching purpose of our existence as community of faith Marks What does it mean to be faithful and fruitful in God s mission If you don t define success or what it means to be faithful and fruitful others will Defining the ends always shape the means We measure what s important and that guides our process eg If we value discipleship and helping people become like Christ we might want to ask how many discipleship groups are happening in our congregation and how these disciples are displaying the fruit of the Spirit in their lives The church cannot storm the gates of hell by gathering around consumer needs Contra mature unified communities of self sacrificial loveFrom me to we 1 Cor 316 together we are God s temple collectively When we welcome others to our table we practice God s future now Isa 256 8Apostles thriving environment prophets liberating evangelists welcoming pastors healing teachers learning A passive aggressive person grasps for power over others by judging their motives without direct open communication Relational strategy is indirect so their anger cannot be identified but is still felt Conversing with others with reconciling intent is most powerful way for community to discover God s Spirit in its midst Paul never instructed Corinth conflict to leave the community for a healthier one 1 Cor 5 6 Incarnational PracticesThe come to us stance developed over Christendom period is unbiblical John 114NEAR narrative ethics associations ritualsWeekly gatherings can be missional instead of consuming religious goods combine worship and mission When the weekly service becomes an end the tail wags the dog God is for us Abraham blessed to be a blessing with us Emmanuel of us through incarnation and in us through the Holy Spirit To be faithful to the mission we must have sustained faith stubborn hope sacrificial love Faith is seeing the unseen and clinging to God s promises until they come to pass believes the impossible is possible Living by faith means learning to trust God for everything in life Despite fear choosing to follow God experiencing presence and see his beauty through both suffering and resurrection power How do you endure Our hope in the triune God s ability to bring about new creation the redemption of our bodies and the world Because of the life death and resurrection of Christ the new creation will be fully realized some dayAs you follow Jesus as you follow his ways his ingdom will break into your neighborhood your city your world talented than Michael Jordan creative than Da Vinci gifted than Beethoven adventurous than Columbus missional than Newbigin tools than Tim Allen giving than Mother Theresa better wordsmith than Shakespeare paradigm breaking than Copernicus a greater imagination than Einstein but without love you are nothing and you gain nothing Grateful for the love of the Father the faithfulness of the Son and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit who have enveloped us with love sustained our faith God has given us a stubborn. Uthor of Creating a Missional Culture and Dan White Jr author of Subterranean have trained church planters all over North America to create movemental churches that are rooted in the neighborhood based on eight necessary competenciesMovement IntelligencePolycentric LeadershipBeing DisciplesMaking DisciplesMissional TheologyEcclesial ArchitectureCommunity FormationIncarnational PracticesThe book features an interactive format with tools exerci.