This past Thursday, we had our annual workshop for Oklahoma Baptist Ministers of Education (OBMEA). We had a great group with 34 people attending from every corner of our state. Brett Selby, the leadership guru of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (tired of these long names yet?) led our group through what he is doing with our state's pastors regarding "learning communities". After explaining the process to us, we did a sample learning community. We were sitting at 6 table with 5-6 people at a table. And for our learning dialogue, we used my new book Missional Pivot Points: Gaining Leverage for Meaningful Change.
Let me say at this point that I was a little nervous about this idea. We had mailed every ME in Oklahoma a copy of the book the previous week. It is a little tense having other people discuss what they think of your writing – in your presence!
Brett had each table discuss two chapters. With 10 chapters and six tables, he had the last table dialogue the introduction! After allowing 20 minutes for table discussion, we had each table give a report. One hour later we cut off the discussion.
We brought 650 books with us to the meeting. We sold all 650 books and brought orders for more back to the office. Here is what the ME's are doing with the book:
- Several are going to introduce the book to their church staff for a staff dialogue;
- Most are going to use the book to train their small group or Sunday School leaders. Each chapter has discussion questions designed to help small group leaders dialogue with their group;
- One ME is going to use the book at his Sunday School leader retreat.
One key factor of Pivot Points is that although there has been considerable dialogue among pastors, staff, and other church leaders about the missional movement; there has been virtually no discussion among lay people about being missional. Pivot Points was written to help bridge this gap and help church leaders introduce missional discipleship to their congregations.
Another key factor, as Scott Badgett from Chisholm Heights-Mustang, and Chris Bell from Immanuel Baptist-Duncan both stated, "It is short (44 pages) but full of information. It will be easy for our leaders to read, but it will challenge them."
To order your copy, email my office at email@example.com. The book is $2.00.