“It’s not just theory. It’s real. And at the heart of such movements are always apostolic people, willing to buck the status quo and move beyond personal peace and safety, women and men anxious for a life of sacrifice and authenticity, determined ‘to boldly go where no one has gone before.’” - Beyond the Local Church, pg. 206
If it had not been for St. Patrick and St. Columba, those living today in Ireland, Scotland and England would probably be sacrificing their children to Druid deities and worshiping mother earth. Thomas Cahill describes it all in How the Irish Saved Civilization.
But the critical fact is that Patrick and Columba and the bands of people they gathered around them were missionary entrepreneurs. The Celtic Movement is a vivid example of Ephesians 2:20, where the Church is “…built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets…” of which these two were stellar examples.
Such movement dynamics are not limited to the 6th and 7th centuries. Such apostolic leaders exist today. Finding, equipping and releasing them is one of the most leveraged forms of ministry at our disposal. Without them and the structures they create beyond the local church, the overall Christian movement is one generation away from extinction.
Read more in Beyond the Local Church, CRM President Sam Metcalf's new book.
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