In the missional Christian culture, we can be obsessed with creating movements and doing so quickly. You can attend conferences called Movementum and read a dozen how-to manuals on creating a movement just like they did! In the midst of this obsession, tireless push and focus on movements, it’s a long obedience in the same direction that stands out and offers hope that a movement could ever be possible.
Every missional movement fails without missional longevity, but we would rather bypass longevity for the microwave movement.
In the article, Logan Gentry asks Is it wrong to want a movement?
I likewise would say not necessarily, but in all the different movements I’ve been a part of to date, I notice one of the ditches we can fall into while running our race is being more focused on the camp or movement we’re seeking so very hard to be a part of that we fail to to stay focused on the overall bigger picture — bigger picture than the one our movement is aligned with, per se — the goal of Christ and Him glorified and His kingdom brought to the earth.
As Gentry says,
The problem comes when we desire and push toward a movement more than we desire and push people toward Jesus. Our language begins to emphasize the activity we must do rather than the intimacy with God we must enjoy.
Let’s face it a lot of “movements” are like hamsters running on their wheels until they’re put on their next shiny wheel to do some more running on.
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