Anatomy of a Movement

January 23, 2010 — 1 Comment

Recently, I read a good book by Seth Godin called Tribes.

The book defines a tribe as any group of people, large or small, who are connected to one another, a leader, or an idea.  If you are a leader–or want to be one–I’d recommend reading this short book (you could read it in a couple of hours) because I believe it contains some practical insights about leading in this current cultural climate.

The Anatomy of a Movement:

1. A narrative that tells a story about who we are and the future we are trying to build.

2. A connection between and among the leader and the tribe.

3. Something to do–the fewer limits the better.

“Too often organizations fail to do anything but the third.”–Tribes, p. 27



One response to Anatomy of a Movement


    When I think about “The Anatomy of a Movement” in the context of the Restoration Movement it seems to me like there is a serious shortage of these three things. But especially the first one.
    “1. A narrative that tells a story about who we are and the future we are trying to build.”
    We’ve forgotten who we are. Our heritage is no longer taught in our churches. And because of that, we have forgotten what we were trying to build. The Plea to restore New Testament Christianity is left to collect dust, while we try our best to fit in with the rest of the denominations that our forefathers so costly freed us from.
    May we start to teach our churches of the exciting history that belongs to us and help us remember who we are and where we are trying to go.

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