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Is your family worth imitating?

April 11, 2012

My friend Chris Norman said this a little while ago and thought it was worth posting:

Discipeship is about whether you have a life worth imitating.
Oikos [your extended family on mission] is about whether you have a family worth imitating.

I wonder how many of us are living in such a vibrant, healthy, missional extended family (probably 20-40) that when people see it, they see a family they’d like to be part of. That when they see it, they’d want that kind of family, but could also model what they do in their family based on what they see in yours?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 11, 2012 3:11 pm

    Hey is the Chris Norman you are talking about a pastor in Aliso Veijo, California? Just curious if it is because I got to sit with him at the Catalyst West conference last year and he seemed like a really great guy.

    • April 11, 2012 3:43 pm

      Might be a different Chris Norman. He leads a church called Grace Gathering in Ft Wayne, IN.

      • April 11, 2012 5:13 pm


        I think the number one implication for me since I have really begun implementing all this stuff is, “if its not in me, I can’t give it away.” No matter what that is. If I can’t imitate it – whether it’s language, rhythm, disciple making, evangelism, mission, oikos, parenting, fitness, healthy eating, whatever…. You can have the words and the ideas, but you have to have the life to back it up. That can seem overwhelming at first, but I realized that Jesus wants to give this to us. He wants us to have the kingdom. He wants us to bear fruit. This has been powerful for us.


  2. April 11, 2012 4:16 pm

    I think this is a brilliant challenge that we’ve been discussing loads at KC following your input to our SLT….thank you! Nicole

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