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From the PublisherThe Monkey and the Fish is a much-needed breath of fresh air for the American church. In training future leaders of the church, I often find that there is a dearth of literature or examples of leadership relevant for an increasingly diverse and globalizing world. Dave Gibbons, employing the concept of third culture, reveals an approach to leadership that, if heeded, should revolutionize how we approach ministry in the twenty-first century. — Soon-Chan Rah, Assistant Professor, North Park Theological Seminary
Don't read this book. Tear it open! Chew on it. Get it down no matter what it takes. Some of the flavors will be unfamiliar and some of the textures a little too gritty, but this is nourishing stuff. Dave Gibbons goes way beyond providing new ideas for ministry and instead challenges us to new ways of encountering, imagining, and living in the world. My life is likely to be a lot messier and hopefully way more faithful to Jesus after my collision with The Monkey and the Fish. — Stephen Hayner, Professor of Church Growth, Columbia Theological Seminary
A powerful and compelling invitation to a ministry that embraces pain, suffering, and the cross. — Peter T. Cha, Associate Professor, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Dave Gibbons is an revolutionary thinker, a big dreamer, and a thought leader that we should all pay close attention to. I'm positive 'Monkey and The Fish' will disrupt your current understanding of culture as it did mine. This is not simply a book but a brilliant field guide to the future. — Mike Foster, President of Ethur Author of Deadly Viper Character Assassins
In Monkey and the Fish, Dave Gibbons give us some practical steps for us to take to begin to develop a new outlook he calls 'third culture'. He challenges us to live out this 'third culture' by being Jesus to people who are not like us which will allow us to stay relevant in this ever changing world where the cultural lines intersect near and far. This book will help us all be more culturally relevant and a must read. — Dave Ferguson, Lead Pastor, /Spiritual Entrepreneur, Community Christian Church/New Thing Network
As a practitioner of reconciliation this book has given me renewed hope for the church! In 'Monkey and the Fish' Dave Gibbons honestly shares his story with us and challenges us to go beyond our structural thinking and our old paradigms to rediscover the global vision and purpose of the Church. The strategies and principles in this book are counter-cultural and revolutionary. They show us how to engage the culture and in so doing, rediscover ourselves. This is a must read for anyone who wants to move from talking to dreaming to transformation! — Dr. Brenda Salter Mc Neil, President, Salter Mc Neil & Associates, LLC, Chicago, IL, Scholar in Residence, North Park Univ. Chicago, IL.