Designed for More: Unleashing Christ's Vision for Unity in a Deeply Divided World

Designed for More: Unleashing Christ's Vision for Unity in a Deeply Divided World


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DESIGNED FOR MORE calls every Christian to consider how, through collective movement, they can bring about Christ's daring vision for unity in the Church to impact the world like never before.

Our world is divided and fragmented.

Even among followers of Christ, God's great story of reconciliation has been crippled because the messengers of that story are unreconciled.

But God designed us for so much more. Thankfully, He has hidden incredible lessons in nature to help solve complex human problems.

DESIGNED FOR MORE draws groundbreaking implications for how to achieve unity and collective movement through new research on a jaw-dropping phenomenon of flocking starlings known as a murmuration. This marvel is one of nature's most spectacular sights: Imagine hundreds of thousands of birds in motion, caressing the sky like a brush on canvas. It is a beautiful madness that is completely ordered.

Join authors Lucas Ramirez and Mike DeVito as they unveil the power of the murmuration principles in order to inspire unity in individuals and the Church as a whole.

Birds first taught us to fly, and now they will teach us to unify!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781546032984
Publisher: FaithWords
Publication date: 06/12/2018
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, LUCAS RAMIREZ emigrated to the U.S. as a child with his family. After graduating from Eastern University, Lucas' professional focus has been developing the next generation of leaders and seeing today's church unify as the body of Christ. He incorporates this passion and focus in his work as CEO of The Gathering Place, an innovative student mentoring and Christian leadership development organization impacting over 10K students annually. Lucas is a non-profit expert with more than 11 years of full-time ministry experience, both in local church context and as an executive in the non-profit ministry space. He lives on the southern coast of Georgia, in Brunswick, with his family.

MIKE DEVITO is a ministry veteran with more than 40 years of full-time ministry experience, both in the Pacific Northwest and Southern California. Mike frequently speaks and serves as worship leader for camps, conferences, and youth events. Because of his expertise in networking ministries, Mike is also a sought-after advisor and consultant to groups and pastor networks. Mike currently serves as the Southwest Regional Coordinator for the National Network of Youth Ministries overseeing networks in five states; he also serves as the Ministry Outreach Coordinator at Biola University in California.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Part 1 God's Great Passion for Unity

1 The Murmuration 3

2 Designed for Bigger, Better Playgrounds 20

3 God's Vision for Unity 46

Part 2 Unveiling the Murmuration Principles

4 Principle 1: Seven Influential Neighbors 69

5 Principle 2: Collective Strategy-Focus on the Common Enemy 94

6 Principle 3: Critical Mass 104

7 Principle 4: Recognition of Mutual Need 111

8 Principle 5: There Is No Alpha 135

9 Principle 6: Divide You Die 153

10 Principle 7: Contribution 177

Part 3 Practical Steps To Help Spark A Murmuration Movement

11 Radical Optimism 189

12 Creating the Mo 199

13 Rules to Live By 208

14 Let's Go! 231

Acknowledgments 241

Notes 243

About the Authors 257

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