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A friend of mine sent me Seth Godin’s new book, Tribes.  All Godin’s books pack lots of new thinking between their small covers.  I’ll post more about it after I’m finished, but already I’ve run across these gems:

  • “A  tribe is a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea.” -p 1.
  • “Heretics are the new leaders. The ones who challenge the status quo, who get out in front of their tribes, who create movements.” -p 11.
  • “Leaders have followers. Managers have employees. Managers make widgets. Leaders make change.” – p 14. 
  • “‘Established in 1906’ used to be important. Now, apparently, it’s a liability.” -p 17.
  • “People yearn for change, they relish being part of a movement.” -p 18.
  • “Great leaders create movements by empowering the tribe to communicate.  They establish the foundation for people to make connections, as opposed to commanding people to follow them.” -p 23. 

Okay, more later, but you get the picture.  Tribes is about leaders, followers, connection and movements.  Sounds like the first century when the church was young.  Maybe it can happen again — a real movement, a genuine groundswell of people gathered around Jesus, connecting with each other, passionate about doing God’s work in God’s world.  Anybody up for a movement?