The Rise and Fall of Movements:
A Roadmap for Leaders
A ministry is what you can do with the help of others.
A movement is what God can do when you let go of control and multiply disciples and churches.
Drawing on the life and ministry of Jesus, and with reflections on the patterns of past and present movements, Steve Addison provides a roadmap for leaders who want to multiply disciples and churches to the ends of the earth.
Whether pioneering on the edge, riding a wave of expansion, or stuck in suffocating decline, The Rise and Fall of Movements addresses each phase in the movement lifecycle, helping leaders to identify which stage they are at and to align themselves with God’s purposes.
• Why do Movements Rise and Fall?
• Characteristics of Multiplying Movements
• Leading Through the Movement Lifecycle
• Where is this Happening Now?
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Praise for The Rise and Fall of Movements
“No one knows more about movements than Steve Addison! In The Rise and Fall of Movements, Addison does a brilliant job of presenting his research on movements and succinctly outlining why they grow and why they decline. In this remarkable book, you will discover what it takes to sustain movements and why they are so important for accomplishing the mission of Jesus. I highly recommend this book to every church leader, church planter, network leader and denominational leader.”
DAVE FERGUSON , author of Hero Maker
“Steve Addison is a blast of fresh air. In The Rise and Fall of Movements I find a primer on where I’ve gone right and gone wrong leading a church multiplication movement. Not just descriptive, he prescribes a return to Jesus as the source of all identity that drives mission, strategy and methods. This book provides a painful—yet hopeful path to a better future for the church in the West.”
RALPH MOORE , church multiplication catalyzer, Exponential; author of How to Multiply Your Church
“In The Rise and Fall of Movements, Steve takes us to a new level of insight providing a road map through the birth, growth, maturation, decline, and decay of movements. The unveiled secret to all movements is found in Addison’s clear and unmistakable observation that at every stage, the way forward begins with returning to Jesus, the apostle and pioneer of our faith.”
DAVID GARRISON , Executive Director, Global Gates; author of Church Planting Movements, and A Wind in the House of Islam
STEVE ADDISON is a catalyst for movements that multiply disciple and churches, everywhere. He is an author, speaker, podcaster, and mentor to movement pioneers.