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October 23, 2008 / compassioninpolitics

Christian Social Justice at the Catalyst Conference

Mustard Seed Social Change and Theology:

Andy Crouch spoke at the Catalyst Conference and highlighted interesting about social movements and cultural change agents:

– Every cultural good begins with 3 people. Occasionally 2, never 1. Google began with 2 guys – when they added a third to their creating circle, that was when the idea began to move and explode.
– The circle of three can’t do it by themselves, however. The circle of three needs to grow to 12.
– The circle of 12 – these 12 bring a depth to the work that wasn’t there before.
– Eventually a wider circle forms – reaching critical mass at about 120. The circle of 120 spread the new cultural good into the worldin ways that the 12 alone never could.

The metaphor is certainly reflected in the parable of the mustard seed. Luke’s account is certainly inspiring:

18Then Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? 19It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air perched in its branches.”

(Luke 13: 18 – 19)

How are you going to be a mustard seed? How are you going to use this principle? Who can you see using this principle well?

Cudos to Bethany Hoang at the International Justice Mission for the coverage.

Update: Resources for non-profit management on Amazon.

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