The Permanent Revolution: Apostolic Imagination and Practice for the 21st Century Church

I’ve just begun The Permanent Revolution: Apostolic Imagination and Practice for the 21st Century Church and to say I’m excited about it is an understatement. (The book is scheduled to be released February 28th, 2012, you can pre-order it now). There are a number of reasons why this book is timely and valuable for me:

(1) I’ve felt as we sought to sought to transition Kaleo Church (and for reference, I’m going to speak about Kaleo Church Linda Vista, not the other church plants that came from KLV) that there was something missing, a DNA that wasn’t being transferred to catalyze groups to mission. Further, I see many churches who are making the transition experience the same thing. They are starting small groups but giving them the name ‘missional community’ when in fact they are not.

(2) Secondly, I know a number of people who I see as apostolic (as defined by Hirsch). Often these people don’t feel connected to a local church because with its forms and functions they don’t know how they fit in. The existing church paradigm and church structures don’t know how to handle these people. So these apostolic leaders tend to pioneer relationships and begin to gather people. Unfortunately, because they are ‘mess-makers’ (my term) they can catalyze but without others they miss the fuller missional embodiment of the church to lost people.

(2) Lastly, in the last year or so my wife and I asked the question: What would it look like to pioneer a new work working under the submission of the local Kaleo elders? (In April 2011 I asked to be released from being an elder at Kaleo because I felt called to this endeavor.) We are early on but already we have seen God do amazing things and we hope to disciple Christians toward the mess this type of work brings. Thinking through what this looks like birthed out of the local church is something I’m excited to experience first hand.

So I hope to reflect, interact and challenge ideas from The Permanent Revolution: Apostolic Imagination and Practice for the 21st Century Church in the weeks and months ahead. The book is nearly 450 pages so it may take some time to process. I’m almost done reading it for a first time but hope to circle back to a blog series on ideas that strike me so stay tuned!

  • Todd Engstrom

    October 17, 2011, 9:32 am

    I’m about 3/4 of the way through PR, and it’s absolutely fantastic! Would love to hear your thoughts as you continue chewing on it.

  • Brad

    October 18, 2011, 10:02 am

    Hey Drew,

    I was wondering what new things you are pioneering at Kaleo. Could you give some details about what is going on? It sounded like it is something different than church planting.

    Also, what do you mean by discipling people to be mess-makers? That was an interesting phrase to me.


  • D. Goodmanson

    October 18, 2011, 10:22 am

    Brad – I’m trying to gather a group of primarily unbelievers into a rhythm of doing life together, learning each other’s stories and speaking into each other’s life’s. It is messy because there aren’t the same gospel handles and several people have no idea of who Jesus is. In this regard I’m working to bring Christians who don’t have as much experience being missional into the mix and life of this community. I will speak more about it in the posts ahead, but I hope this explains a bit.

  • Brad

    October 18, 2011, 11:11 am

    Thanks Drew. I’m looking forward to your future posts!

  • Lufuno

    December 15, 2012, 2:26 am

    Former OAC Member:Where in Genesis and/or throughout the bible is there any evceinde to substantiate a physical creation?You say that there is proof? Where is the proof? Even the geniuses throughout history have not been able to universally agree on how the physical creation took place so what makes you think that you have the answer?The bible is a guideline to soul salvation and how we should live our lives today. How does preaching about the creation in a physical sense help our souls or have any relevance to how we live our lives today? Did the Apostles ever preach to the world about how a physical creation took place? I think the answer is quite clear based in this text verse, Joh 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.Gen 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. Gen 1:4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. Gen 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. Gen 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.How is it possible to have light and day in first day when it is only on the third day that God made the greater light (the sun) to rule the day? If you try to read and understand the creation naturally it does not make sense.In the OAC, we believe the creation is a spiritual understanding. Or in other words, the birth of a spiritual understanding. Joh 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Luk 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. Rom 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. Joh 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. Joh 3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. Joh 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. Is the light that is being discussed in versus 19-21 natural light? In the OAC light is to understand the word and darkness is to not understand. Light can only come through the flow of testimony (the water) which cleanses us and allows us to see the truth. Eph 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,. Joh 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.Please be aware that I am only explaining this from an OAC perspective and how we see the light. If people have a different understanding then by all means go ahead. We do not go around preaching on a Pedder stool acting is if we are no-it-alls, we only give our perspective. In my humble opinion though, in the context of the creation, a spiritual creation makes more sense to me.Former OAC Member, let me ask you, does your proof that you allegedly have about the creation carry more weight than the bible? Regards,Steadfast OAC Member