First, he nails the cultural analysis. We are in the midst of a cultural earthquake. All of our buildings are shaken and wobbly. People are wary of institutions because they feel dangerous; the whole thing just might collapse and crush them. And yet increasingly we know we are broken, and we want healing.
Then, Breen directs our attention to long-term change.
- "Many people doing many small things in many places can change the face of the world."
- "At the center of each movement were leaders who had been completely and utterly broken in such a way that they came to rely completely on the Lord."
- Miracles are the heavy artillery of the Kingdom. Many of us shy away from the gift because of the packaging. But what if it wasn't weird?
- "Find the grace. Organize around where you see the grace operating." See what God is doing and join him there.
- "Care more about the long-term sustainability and development of your team than the short-term success of your organization."
- The more difficult your assignment, the more you need time playing together. Times to laugh, enjoy each other, and just be a team apart from any higher purpose you have.
- "If you make disciples, you really do get the rest. If you make disciples and release them, you will get new people entering the Kingdom. If you make disciples, you get the missional thing. If you make disciples, the places where society is torn in two and frayed at the edges start to be mended."
- "Movements are what change the world. ... Most leaders, even young leaders, are trained in how to lead organizations, even institutions - but not movements."
- "The extended family unit (25-70 people who meet together regularly) is the single most significant vehicle of mission that God has ever released into the world. Ever."
- "If you can do the work of the Kingdom without the Holy Spirit's active involvement (through the miraculous), you aren't really doing the work of the Kingdom."
- "Movemental change will come only if we have something that is sustainable and scalable. If our methodology requires leaders and events with endless amounts of energy resources and money, we're done. We just are."
- In discipleship, we are essentially orbiting around a person of larger spiritual mass (as we all orbit around Jesus). We are putting ourselves within that person's sphere of influence so that some of her Spirit can rub off on us, so that we can gain some of her spiritual mass.
- In discipling relationships, we need predictable rhythms of orbital patterns (spending time close together with certain people in regular intervals - being within the orbit of their influence).
- Large groups (75+) should function as "red hot centers" - firing us up with the Spirit for when we orbit outward away for our missional time away from the center.
This is my third book by Breen, and I'm convinced that he is a man of deep wisdom. He has caught on to something in our world and has a profound Spiritual and anthropological insight into how to help the Church become the transforming force of goodness and healing that God always intended. I want to keep learning.