Thoughts from An Unstoppable Force by Erwin McManus

What a powerful week we’ve had as part of the doctoral cohort in missional effectiveness!

The students are church planters and pastors from places like Las Vegas, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minneapolis, and Denver. We grappled with books by John Burke, Alan Hirsch, and Mike Breen among others. Their insights and our discussion with each other and via Skype with effective practitioners like Dan Reiland, Bob Roberts, Jr., Tony Morgan were helpful, thought-provoking, and challenging.

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One of my favorite days included time walking through my time at Mosaic and interacting with my favorite book on church leadership: An Unstoppable Force by Erwin McManus.


Erwin really is at the front edge of reaching and raising up leaders in the post-Christian world. An Unstoppable Force is still just as powerful and helpful today as it was when it was first published. It is one of the books I found myself underlining every single word!

Some of the most helpful ideas he shares in An Unstoppable Force includes:

The six ways to change the ethos of our church from institutional to missional include the following:

  1. Character of the leader
  2. Stories
  3. Experiences
  4. Reward
  5. Battles
  6. Advancement

The Scriptures give us three ingredients for awakening an apostolic ethos which include the following:

  • To Live by Faith
  • To Be Known by Love
  • To Be a Voice of Hope

My favorite quote:

“The church is not here to meet our needs. We are the church, and we are here to meet the needs of the world.”

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