Kingdom First

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Kingdom First ✯ [PDF] ❤ Kingdom First By Jeff Christopherson ✼ – Polishdarling.co.uk Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousnessThere are few dreams spiritually intoxicating than the dream of being used by God to start a new community of Christ that skillfully brings the resto Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousnessThere are few dreams spiritually intoxicating than the dream of being used by God to start a new community of Christ that skillfully brings the restorative gospel to a lost and broken city Something which feels like a spiritual landslide that starts with lostness and ends in an avalanche of new congregations multiplying and transforming community after community into which they unmistakably seep Authors Jeff Christopherson and Mac Lake call readers to imagine a movement that vividly remembers the insubstantial days of a mustard seed with a sense of awe and wonder when looking at the indescribable harvest that stands all around Though the kingdom of God can t be forced by superficial methods, the good news is that when you move past the threshold of your competency and comfort, you find yourself in the very spot where God can use you like no other What wouldn t you sacrifice to be a part of something that only could be described as a God honoring gospel movement.


10 thoughts on “Kingdom First

  1. Matthew Matthew says:

    Although the book is definitely written for those courageous men and women who are planting churches, there is a wealth of information here that will help anyone who is engaged in church leadership I did think it was a little wordy at times, but other than that, I loved it Here are some of my favorite takeaways The comfortable do not create movements Instead, they originate with those who are desperate, demanding something different my leadership, especially spiritual leadership, cannot Although the book is definitely written for those courageous men and women who are planting churches, there is a wealth of information here that will help anyone who is engaged in church leadership I did think it was a little wordy at times, but other than that, I loved it Here are some of my favorite takeaways The comfortable do not create movements Instead, they originate with those who are desperate, demanding something different my leadership, especially spiritual leadership, cannot grow beyond my weakest point of character Admiration is healthy Mimicking is something altogether differentThe problem with borrowing a successful blueprint from somewhere else is that it originated from the heart and life experiences of another leader data collectingis never an equivalent substitute for spending significant time among the people of that community Only when you are personally engaged and interactive with that community can you truly understand the real story and determine how best to cooperate with the sovereign activity of God But what if our reputation among the sacred crowd was not our supreme fascination What if we were honestlyconcerned with how the unchurched in our community saw us Vision is not exclusively what we are doing, but vision is what we are becoming Vision is the future exactly the way God wants it if you re praying for leaders, you expect leaders to show up And if you re expecting leaders to show up, then you will be looking for leaders Remember that when Jesus chose His disciples, He quickly skipped past the religious who seemingly had it all together and instead chose a squad that perfectly reflected the substance and vibe of Judea True discipleship moves people from consumer to reproducer if you love the harvest, you will love other harvesters If you are jealous of other harvesters, you simply do not love the harvest Sadly, when a church makes the unnatural choice of ecclesiastical birth control in order to preserve its accustomed lifestyle, the natural and exponential advance of the Gospel ceases


  2. Stephen Drew Stephen Drew says:

    Very helpful framework for church planting I struggled to get through the first few sections of the book,due to a disconnection with writing style than anything else, but I m glad I finished I felt like it became increasingly helpful as it progressed in establishing a clear framework for church planting models For those that have done reading previously on church planting much of this won t be new, but the author clearly has a keen sense of the climate of our current culture and does wel Very helpful framework for church planting I struggled to get through the first few sections of the book,due to a disconnection with writing style than anything else, but I m glad I finished I felt like it became increasingly helpful as it progressed in establishing a clear framework for church planting models For those that have done reading previously on church planting much of this won t be new, but the author clearly has a keen sense of the climate of our current culture and does well to make very pointed suggestions in how to deal with the barriers the church faces


  3. dennis dennis says:

    This is a really important book church planting in the Northeast can be challenging and I believe this book will be huge in what we are doing Kingdom Seekers are a huge demographic of people that won t stroll into the standard come see services most churches are operating under This book is a call to truly do things from a Biblical standpoint My copy is highlighted, folded, circled and asterisk edI ll be referencing this book a lot Cheers This is a really important book church planting in the Northeast can be challenging and I believe this book will be huge in what we are doing Kingdom Seekers are a huge demographic of people that won t stroll into the standard come see services most churches are operating under This book is a call to truly do things from a Biblical standpoint My copy is highlighted, folded, circled and asterisk edI ll be referencing this book a lot Cheers


  4. Elisha Lawrence Elisha Lawrence says:

    I m praying about church planting so I picked up this book Honestly I had low expectations because I thought it would be another here is the sure fire strategy to change the world book While it did talk about strategy, I appreciate the author s insights, humility and honesty It was a helpful read for thinking about church planting practically and theologically It was thought provoking and thorough.


  5. Patrick Porras Patrick Porras says:

    Passionate and stirring fly over of church planting I expected stuff to be surface level and redundant, but Christopherson manages to give surprising depth in his short, punchy chapters While much of the material covered is nothing new or super enlightening, it is a helpful volume even for the most seasoned planter or pastor This is an especially great book to put in the hands of anyone interested in church planting who either doesn t have much knowledge or who has a bad framework for it.


  6. John B. MacDonald John B. MacDonald says:

    Having read Jeff Christopherson s previous book, Kingdom Matrix, I picked up Kingdom First with anticipation I was not disappointed In his newest offering, Jeff has built on the earlier foundation providing additional biblical concepts with practical insights that have been field tested.Jeff Christopherson is the vice president of Send Network for the North American Mission Board Prior to that he has served in pastoral and church planting works in his native Canada Both he and Mac Lake bring Having read Jeff Christopherson s previous book, Kingdom Matrix, I picked up Kingdom First with anticipation I was not disappointed In his newest offering, Jeff has built on the earlier foundation providing additional biblical concepts with practical insights that have been field tested.Jeff Christopherson is the vice president of Send Network for the North American Mission Board Prior to that he has served in pastoral and church planting works in his native Canada Both he and Mac Lake bring a wealth of practical experience to the subject of this book.Christopherson begins with a criticism of an often unspoken, yet prevalent, attitude of churches He couples this criticism with a way forward that is the purpose of this book He writes, We too often design churches as if they were the end in and of themselves Inherent in that idolatrous design is a deviant, sacred darkness that the harvest finds entirely repelling This book is about crafting a new kind of church for the Kingdom of God 1 The book is divided into eight parts, each of which is composed of three to five chapters about a material component of his church building paradigm They are presented as sequential or progressive components i.e., 1 leads to 2, 2 to 3, and so forth These eight components are 1 Kingdom first to seek first the kingdom of God and how that priority is practiced in the church plant and for the community in which it is located.2 Character the development, maintenance, and influence of Christ like character in leaders.3 Context recognition of, and sensitivity to, the environment and context of the proposed church plant as well as the gifts, abilities, personalities and passions of the planters 4 Communication exploring effective communication between a static audience, a dynamic message, in an appropriate medium.5 Teamwork written by Mac Lake how to choose and develop those with whom you need to serve.6 Making a difference if the church plant and the leaders ceased to be, would the community weep 159f The authors make a bold claim only churches that seek the Kingdom of God first will make a difference that lasts 161 7 Making disciples Their working definition of a disciple is what happens when people live daily with Jesus 187 with a helpful discussion of success based on fruit e.g., obedience, character 8 Multiplication how multiplication is biblical, natural, and beneficial This part also considers the nature and relationship of church planting and life cycles in the context of the enduring activity of the Kingdom of God.Regarding the book s subtitle Starting Churches that Shape Movements , the final chapter 249 253 all too briefly provides seven practical steps intended to shift a new church toward becoming a dynamic force for kingdom movement.There are a number of things that make this book of great value for church planting.First, the main thesis is Kingdom of God first not church first This sets churches within a larger and enduring context, with all that implies for issues such as vision, co operation, and denominational priorities.Second, the general approach is paradigmatic, not programmatic This is not a book about a one size fits all model It recognizes the need for contextual awareness, adaptation, and wisdom without compromising the core message of the Gospel Third, the eight components are presented with not only a sound theological grounding, but also an insistence on practical growth and expression Resources are identified by way of example or suggestion, allowing for discernment of the suitability of those resources within a particular context.I will mention two criticisms I have First, despite the welcomed shift toward a paradigmatic approach, my sense is that the book retains an American evangelical flavor Of course, this is the primary market for the book but that brings limitations A couple of examples will suffice The use of the 3 Circles Life Conversation Guide 114 may not be useful in honor shame or power fear cultures The somewhat enculturated references to consistent team meeting schedule, once a month use thirty minutes of your regular meeting for leadership development 156f echo a prevailing mentality for a type of leadership that may not be consistent with the context of a church plant.Second, there is insufficient explanation of why these eight components were selected and put in their order I suspect they are based on the authors experience Although the kingdom first principle is a great starting place, is there a logical ordering to the sequence of the other seven components A fuller explanation would be useful for equipping church planters to identify when a transition is taking place, or when it should be set in motion.Overall, these criticisms are minor in light of the valuable contribution this book makes to church planting and church health I give it 4 to 4.5 stars out of 5.This book deserves a wide and careful reading I recommend it to all existing and aspiring church planters, evangelists, and disciple makers, as well as other congregational and ministry leaders.Disclosure I received this book free from the publisher I was not required to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own


  7. Joe McFadden Joe McFadden says:

    Kingdom First is a book gearedtoward a church planter or a church that is focused on multiplication However, it is also a book that will be helpful to any church leader who wants to be serious about intentionally putting the Kingdom of God first and foremost in their ministry context There is a lot of helpful advice in this book that helps frame perspective toward a Kingdom that is larger than the one we often settle for If you want a fresh perspective on personal leadership, leadership Kingdom First is a book gearedtoward a church planter or a church that is focused on multiplication However, it is also a book that will be helpful to any church leader who wants to be serious about intentionally putting the Kingdom of God first and foremost in their ministry context There is a lot of helpful advice in this book that helps frame perspective toward a Kingdom that is larger than the one we often settle for If you want a fresh perspective on personal leadership, leadership development of others, character, communication, discipleship, disciple making, and multiplication this book has it all What I love most is the singular focus throughout all these components to form an intricately weaved system for Kingdom Multiplication Grab a copy and allow your perceptions to be challenged Each section ends with questions for coaching others which makes this a great book to read through with others and to mentor new church planters through.Read full review summary here I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and unbiased review


  8. Brett Ricley Brett Ricley says:

    One of the most practical and helpful books on the work of church planting Specifically, this book is all about Kingdom minded church planting strategies, approach, and systems that lead to multiplication not addition Very well written and easy to read Highly recommend to anyone in church planting regardless to stage you re in This is a must read.


  9. Drew Cunningham Drew Cunningham says:

    Had several helpful things for church planters but completely missed the boat on a couple of major issues related to ecclesiology.


  10. Carlyn Cole Carlyn Cole says:

    It is a great book to help ask good questions, rather than offering a script.


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10 thoughts on “Kingdom First

  1. Matthew Matthew says:

    Although the book is definitely written for those courageous men and women who are planting churches, there is a wealth of information here that will help anyone who is engaged in church leadership I did think it was a little wordy at times, but other than that, I loved it Here are some of my favorite takeaways The comfortable do not create movements Instead, they originate with those who are desperate, demanding something different my leadership, especially spiritual leadership, cannot Although the book is definitely written for those courageous men and women who are planting churches, there is a wealth of information here that will help anyone who is engaged in church leadership I did think it was a little wordy at times, but other than that, I loved it Here are some of my favorite takeaways The comfortable do not create movements Instead, they originate with those who are desperate, demanding something different my leadership, especially spiritual leadership, cannot grow beyond my weakest point of character Admiration is healthy Mimicking is something altogether differentThe problem with borrowing a successful blueprint from somewhere else is that it originated from the heart and life experiences of another leader data collectingis never an equivalent substitute for spending significant time among the people of that community Only when you are personally engaged and interactive with that community can you truly understand the real story and determine how best to cooperate with the sovereign activity of God But what if our reputation among the sacred crowd was not our supreme fascination What if we were honestlyconcerned with how the unchurched in our community saw us Vision is not exclusively what we are doing, but vision is what we are becoming Vision is the future exactly the way God wants it if you re praying for leaders, you expect leaders to show up And if you re expecting leaders to show up, then you will be looking for leaders Remember that when Jesus chose His disciples, He quickly skipped past the religious who seemingly had it all together and instead chose a squad that perfectly reflected the substance and vibe of Judea True discipleship moves people from consumer to reproducer if you love the harvest, you will love other harvesters If you are jealous of other harvesters, you simply do not love the harvest Sadly, when a church makes the unnatural choice of ecclesiastical birth control in order to preserve its accustomed lifestyle, the natural and exponential advance of the Gospel ceases


  2. Stephen Drew Stephen Drew says:

    Very helpful framework for church planting I struggled to get through the first few sections of the book,due to a disconnection with writing style than anything else, but I m glad I finished I felt like it became increasingly helpful as it progressed in establishing a clear framework for church planting models For those that have done reading previously on church planting much of this won t be new, but the author clearly has a keen sense of the climate of our current culture and does wel Very helpful framework for church planting I struggled to get through the first few sections of the book,due to a disconnection with writing style than anything else, but I m glad I finished I felt like it became increasingly helpful as it progressed in establishing a clear framework for church planting models For those that have done reading previously on church planting much of this won t be new, but the author clearly has a keen sense of the climate of our current culture and does well to make very pointed suggestions in how to deal with the barriers the church faces


  3. dennis dennis says:

    This is a really important book church planting in the Northeast can be challenging and I believe this book will be huge in what we are doing Kingdom Seekers are a huge demographic of people that won t stroll into the standard come see services most churches are operating under This book is a call to truly do things from a Biblical standpoint My copy is highlighted, folded, circled and asterisk edI ll be referencing this book a lot Cheers This is a really important book church planting in the Northeast can be challenging and I believe this book will be huge in what we are doing Kingdom Seekers are a huge demographic of people that won t stroll into the standard come see services most churches are operating under This book is a call to truly do things from a Biblical standpoint My copy is highlighted, folded, circled and asterisk edI ll be referencing this book a lot Cheers


  4. Elisha Lawrence Elisha Lawrence says:

    I m praying about church planting so I picked up this book Honestly I had low expectations because I thought it would be another here is the sure fire strategy to change the world book While it did talk about strategy, I appreciate the author s insights, humility and honesty It was a helpful read for thinking about church planting practically and theologically It was thought provoking and thorough.


  5. Patrick Porras Patrick Porras says:

    Passionate and stirring fly over of church planting I expected stuff to be surface level and redundant, but Christopherson manages to give surprising depth in his short, punchy chapters While much of the material covered is nothing new or super enlightening, it is a helpful volume even for the most seasoned planter or pastor This is an especially great book to put in the hands of anyone interested in church planting who either doesn t have much knowledge or who has a bad framework for it.


  6. John B. MacDonald John B. MacDonald says:

    Having read Jeff Christopherson s previous book, Kingdom Matrix, I picked up Kingdom First with anticipation I was not disappointed In his newest offering, Jeff has built on the earlier foundation providing additional biblical concepts with practical insights that have been field tested.Jeff Christopherson is the vice president of Send Network for the North American Mission Board Prior to that he has served in pastoral and church planting works in his native Canada Both he and Mac Lake bring Having read Jeff Christopherson s previous book, Kingdom Matrix, I picked up Kingdom First with anticipation I was not disappointed In his newest offering, Jeff has built on the earlier foundation providing additional biblical concepts with practical insights that have been field tested.Jeff Christopherson is the vice president of Send Network for the North American Mission Board Prior to that he has served in pastoral and church planting works in his native Canada Both he and Mac Lake bring a wealth of practical experience to the subject of this book.Christopherson begins with a criticism of an often unspoken, yet prevalent, attitude of churches He couples this criticism with a way forward that is the purpose of this book He writes, We too often design churches as if they were the end in and of themselves Inherent in that idolatrous design is a deviant, sacred darkness that the harvest finds entirely repelling This book is about crafting a new kind of church for the Kingdom of God 1 The book is divided into eight parts, each of which is composed of three to five chapters about a material component of his church building paradigm They are presented as sequential or progressive components i.e., 1 leads to 2, 2 to 3, and so forth These eight components are 1 Kingdom first to seek first the kingdom of God and how that priority is practiced in the church plant and for the community in which it is located.2 Character the development, maintenance, and influence of Christ like character in leaders.3 Context recognition of, and sensitivity to, the environment and context of the proposed church plant as well as the gifts, abilities, personalities and passions of the planters 4 Communication exploring effective communication between a static audience, a dynamic message, in an appropriate medium.5 Teamwork written by Mac Lake how to choose and develop those with whom you need to serve.6 Making a difference if the church plant and the leaders ceased to be, would the community weep 159f The authors make a bold claim only churches that seek the Kingdom of God first will make a difference that lasts 161 7 Making disciples Their working definition of a disciple is what happens when people live daily with Jesus 187 with a helpful discussion of success based on fruit e.g., obedience, character 8 Multiplication how multiplication is biblical, natural, and beneficial This part also considers the nature and relationship of church planting and life cycles in the context of the enduring activity of the Kingdom of God.Regarding the book s subtitle Starting Churches that Shape Movements , the final chapter 249 253 all too briefly provides seven practical steps intended to shift a new church toward becoming a dynamic force for kingdom movement.There are a number of things that make this book of great value for church planting.First, the main thesis is Kingdom of God first not church first This sets churches within a larger and enduring context, with all that implies for issues such as vision, co operation, and denominational priorities.Second, the general approach is paradigmatic, not programmatic This is not a book about a one size fits all model It recognizes the need for contextual awareness, adaptation, and wisdom without compromising the core message of the Gospel Third, the eight components are presented with not only a sound theological grounding, but also an insistence on practical growth and expression Resources are identified by way of example or suggestion, allowing for discernment of the suitability of those resources within a particular context.I will mention two criticisms I have First, despite the welcomed shift toward a paradigmatic approach, my sense is that the book retains an American evangelical flavor Of course, this is the primary market for the book but that brings limitations A couple of examples will suffice The use of the 3 Circles Life Conversation Guide 114 may not be useful in honor shame or power fear cultures The somewhat enculturated references to consistent team meeting schedule, once a month use thirty minutes of your regular meeting for leadership development 156f echo a prevailing mentality for a type of leadership that may not be consistent with the context of a church plant.Second, there is insufficient explanation of why these eight components were selected and put in their order I suspect they are based on the authors experience Although the kingdom first principle is a great starting place, is there a logical ordering to the sequence of the other seven components A fuller explanation would be useful for equipping church planters to identify when a transition is taking place, or when it should be set in motion.Overall, these criticisms are minor in light of the valuable contribution this book makes to church planting and church health I give it 4 to 4.5 stars out of 5.This book deserves a wide and careful reading I recommend it to all existing and aspiring church planters, evangelists, and disciple makers, as well as other congregational and ministry leaders.Disclosure I received this book free from the publisher I was not required to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own


  7. Joe McFadden Joe McFadden says:

    Kingdom First is a book gearedtoward a church planter or a church that is focused on multiplication However, it is also a book that will be helpful to any church leader who wants to be serious about intentionally putting the Kingdom of God first and foremost in their ministry context There is a lot of helpful advice in this book that helps frame perspective toward a Kingdom that is larger than the one we often settle for If you want a fresh perspective on personal leadership, leadership Kingdom First is a book gearedtoward a church planter or a church that is focused on multiplication However, it is also a book that will be helpful to any church leader who wants to be serious about intentionally putting the Kingdom of God first and foremost in their ministry context There is a lot of helpful advice in this book that helps frame perspective toward a Kingdom that is larger than the one we often settle for If you want a fresh perspective on personal leadership, leadership development of others, character, communication, discipleship, disciple making, and multiplication this book has it all What I love most is the singular focus throughout all these components to form an intricately weaved system for Kingdom Multiplication Grab a copy and allow your perceptions to be challenged Each section ends with questions for coaching others which makes this a great book to read through with others and to mentor new church planters through.Read full review summary here I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and unbiased review


  8. Brett Ricley Brett Ricley says:

    One of the most practical and helpful books on the work of church planting Specifically, this book is all about Kingdom minded church planting strategies, approach, and systems that lead to multiplication not addition Very well written and easy to read Highly recommend to anyone in church planting regardless to stage you re in This is a must read.


  9. Drew Cunningham Drew Cunningham says:

    Had several helpful things for church planters but completely missed the boat on a couple of major issues related to ecclesiology.


  10. Carlyn Cole Carlyn Cole says:

    It is a great book to help ask good questions, rather than offering a script.


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