“any structure or mechanism of social order and cooperation governing the behaviour of a set of individuals within a given community — may it be human or a specific animal one. Institutions are identified with a social purpose.”
In his book “Movements that change the world”, Steve Addison suggests movements are “people with an agenda for change… Movements are made up of people committed to a common cause.” They are discontent with the way things are, have a vision for what could be and are moved to action in response.
What is the church called to be? An institution or a movement? All too often we can become an institution, but could it be we are meant to be a movement? A movement which rallies around Jesus Christ and his cause. A people who are discontent with a hurting world far from God, a people who know are soaked in the Scriptures, a community committed to God’s vision for this world and who respond by faith in action to bring healing and hope.
To be part of a movement is more than just knowing what’s wrong and that there is a solution. It requires action. In the words of Steve Addison, “movements don’t have members, but they do have participants.”
Consider what ways might God be calling you to be part of his movement?