Launch and Build Bridges Movements.

In my first year on staff at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, we did a number of events with International Students. Holidays this time of the year have rich spiritual significance, and International Students are often curious about them.

If you intend to meet and engage these guests from other lands, you might be just a few steps from launching a Bridges Movement. I’ve share these thoughts before, but it might be a good refresher.


I think a lot about launching new movements. I love the “God factor” of seeing something begin where there was nothing before making it possible for hundreds or even thousands more to be exposed to the Gospel.

That’s why when I hear what others are doing to launch movements I take a close look. I was intrigued by a piece Linda Woods, Bridges International Campus Coach, shared with US and International students at the Bridges winter conference about launching movements.

What interested me were the 5 Attitudes and 5 Actions and how those fit into the various stages of a movement. Screen Shot 2016-01-12 at 4.00.49 PMFor ease of viewing, I’ve separated the attitudes and actions.

These 5 Attitudes help us see that movement launching is not up to us. God uses our steps of faith, but in the end He is the one accomplishing this important work. We are “fellow workers” (1 Corinthians 6:1) in this endeavor.

Screen Shot 2016-01-12 at 4.09.16 PMHaving the right attitudes flows naturally into the appropriate steps of faith seeing a movement launched and grow.

By way of reminder, a spiritual movement is GOD working through a team of like-hearted disciples to WIN, BUILD, and SEND toward the fulfillment of the Great Commission.

It is also helpful to realize that we employ different skills at different stages of movement development. Bridges International drew it out this way. You will actually find it easier to read by opening the document here.

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Thank you to the Bridges International staff, Alyson Niemann, Chris Sneller, Adam Smith, Zeke Zeiler, and Linda Woods for giving us this picture of their movement launching process.

Fall 2016 Coaching Tips

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