Where’s the tipping point

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: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

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 […]

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