This is a brief post written to commend to you Mike Breen’s new book Leading Kingdom Movements (kindle | print). Mike has been a friend and mentor to me for several years now, and this book contains some of the most inspiring and challenging stuff that Mike teaches.
It’s also some of my favorite stuff.Leading Kingdom Movements is a bit more narrative than some of Mike’s other books, but it’s really helpful to see one way that the principles and practices of discipleship played out in the life of a church and city. You also get a picture of where some of this stuff came from: the nitty-gritty real life calamities and failures of on-the-ground discipleship and mission.
Ultimately the book ends up being a treasure trove of wisdom for leaders who want to know what it looks like to go beyond the small dreams of seeing a few more people come to faith, or seeing churches grow into God’s dream of a church “so expansive with energy that not even the gates of hell will be able to keep it out” (Matt 16:18 MSG). Through the lens of his personal narrative, Mike offers principles for cultivating movemental dynamics in leadership. The theological and the practical are interwoven seamlessly into something that feels accessible and do-able by everyday people.
But it’s also a remarkably challenging resource, because so much of it deals with the inner journey of brokenness and humbling that leaders must undergo if they are going to be used by God in this way. It ends up being a journey that’s simple (easy to understand and access) but hard (difficult to engage in the death to self required to operate this way).
Overall, this is a phenomenal resource for anyone wanting to see God’s kingdom breakthrough in their neighborhoods and relational networks. Highly recommended if you want a window into the ethos of a kingdom movement.