Have you read The Tipping Point: How little things can make a big difference by Malcolm Gladwell? It’s an excellent read and I highly recommend it if you haven’t yet picked up a copy of this book. Gladwell talks about the concept of the tipping point: when enough people start doing one thing– even a small thing– it becomes a movement.
That observation raised a question for me: How do we at the grassroots of the church really impact culture and society? Where’s our tipping point? When we get a bunch of people truly involved in the community being the hands and feet of Jesus, that will eventually create a tipping point. How can we get there?
I see the beginnings of it in ViaCordis, my missional network of house churches. God has really been opening up opportunities for us in south L.A. We’ve started a church in a transitional living home that’s flourishing well. We’ve connected with another church planter who has taken a job as a schoolteacher in a poor neighborhood and is seeing God’s work emerging there.
God is always at work. I think for me it’s a matter of becoming more aware of about how and where he is working. I need to cognizant of his activity in and around me and through my networking with others. Sometimes when I connect with others, I can see God at work in a new way through that connection, which leads to greater momentum on both sides– being excited about being in the flow of what Jesus is doing.
The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or […]