Marks of a Movement calls us back to the disciple-making mandate of the church through the timeless wisdom of John Wesley and the Methodist movement. With a love for history and a passion for today's church, Winfield helps us reimagine church multiplication in a way that focuses on making and multiplying disciples for the twenty-first century.
Winfield Bevins reminds us of the vital multiplication lessons from the Wesleyan movement, one of the greatest missional movements the world has ever known. He highlights the necessity of discipleship as the starting point and the abiding strategic practice that is key to all lasting missional impact in and through movements. The Methodist movement is an example of the power of multiplying movements that utilize the strategy of discipleship. Within a generation, one in thirty people who were living in Britain had become Methodists, and the movement soon became a worldwide phenomenon.
We in the Western Church need a movement of historic proportions once again. What would such a multiplication movement look like for us today? We must look to the past to gain wisdom for the future. And as we look at the pages of church history, there is no better example of a multiplication movement in the West than the Methodist movement of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Marks of a Movement highlights the lessons and key insights that enable us to learn from the past and reapply this timeless, biblical wisdom for today.
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About the Author
Winfield Bevins is the Director of Church Planting at Asbury Theological Seminary. He frequently speaks at conferences on a variety of topics and is a regular adjunct professor at several seminaries. As an author, one of his passions is to help others connect to the roots of the Christian faith for spiritual formation and mission. His Zondervan books include Ever Ancient Ever New: The Allure of Liturgy for a New Generation and Marks of a Movement: What the Church Today Can Learn from the Wesleyan Revival. He and his wife Kay have three beautiful girls Elizabeth, Anna Belle, and Caroline and live in the Bluegrass state of Kentucky. You can find out more about him at his websitewww.winfieldbevins.com.
Table of Contents
Foreword George Hunter III 15
Chapter 1 Understanding Movements 27
Chapter 2 Changed Lives 44
Chapter 3 A Contagious Faith 61
Chapter 4 The Holy Spirit 80
Chapter 5 Discipleship Systems 97
Chapter 6 Apostolic Leadership 120
Chapter 7 Organic Multiplication 141
Chapter 8 Movements Can Be Messy 165
Conclusion: The New Mission Frontier 177
Afterword Alan Hirsch 184
Appendix A The Discipleship Band Meeting 187
Appendix B Characteristics of Movements 190
Appendix C Marks of a Movement Assessment Tool 193