In preparation for an upcoming interview (keep your eyes open), I had a chance to take a look at Pioneering Movements before its official publication date. I can tell you that if you're interested in stories of how God is advancing His Kingdom among unreached people, this is a great book for you.
Filled with a number of stories from God's faithful servants, it's an excellent read. But it's NOT just a list of testimonies.
Rather, it's an engaging mixture of perspective, backed by research, application, and stories of God's faithfulness. It's the perfect companion for Steve's previous works and a great extension of the Movements Podcast.
A key point
One of the key things that I took away from Pioneering Movements was the relationship between what Steve calls “Missionary Bands” and the existing, organized local church. Because this speaks to me.
I believe that God has ordained both. And Steve's research in historical practice and in Scripture reveals that missions is most effective when connected to the larger Body of Christ.
Of the key characteristics of Pioneering Leaders, Steve says:
They equip local church leaders to multiply disciples and churches. In partnership with the churches, movement pioneers form apostolic teams tha are launched into unreached fields.
And, using Acts 13 as his text and with the research to back up his statement, Steve comments:
The history of the Christian movmenet reveals that breakthroughs in the spread of the gospel into unreached fields normally require focused mission structures. These mission structures begin on the fringe, not at the ecclesiastical center. Unrecognized groups of ordinary people with little or no status in the church have started at least half of the mission movements in the history of the church. The expansion of the church has always been carried on most effectively when these two structures have accepted each other's legitimacy and worked in partnership.
I believe that's how the Body of Christ should function. Unified. Working together. Supporting each other. Praying for each other.
Do I believe that this gets “non-missionary” people off the hook for sharing the Gospel and making disciples?
Of course not!
But I also don't believe that every single believer is called to Pioneer Missions. I believe that we each have a calling that is specific to what God is doing and that we should support and love each other.
And even learn from each other.
Who is this for?
I believe that Pioneering Movements is an excellent read for anyone who wants to know more about how God starts and grows movements among the unreached. Whether you feel called to step into (or lead) a pioneering movement or whether you feel called to partner with those who are reaching the unreached both at home and abroad.
It's available through Amazon today.
NOTE: I received a complimentary advance copy of Pioneering Missions in preparation for an interview with Steve Addison. That interview will be published on the Engaging Missions Show in a couple of weeks, so keep your eyes open.
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