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The Monkey and the Fish: Liquid Leadership for a Third-Culture Church (Leadership Network Innovation #5) [Paperback]

By Dave Gibbons (Author)
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Item description for The Monkey and the Fish: Liquid Leadership for a Third-Culture Church (Leadership Network Innovation #5) by Dave Gibbons...

"The Monkey and the Fish" decodes profound shifts and events taking place in the world today due to globalism, multiculturalism, and technology, and introduces an original approach to ministry, church, and leadership known as The Third Culture.

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Our world is marked by unprecedented degrees of multiculturalism, ethnic diversity, social shifts, international collaboration, and technology-driven changes. The changes are profound, especially when you consider the unchecked decline in the influence, size, and social standing of the church. There is an undercurrent of anxiety in the evangelical world, and a hunger for something new. And we re sensing the urgency of it. We need fresh, creative counterintuitive ways of doing ministry and church and leading it in the 21st century. We need to adapt. Fast. Both in our practices and our thinking. The aim of this book is simple: When we understand the powerful forces at work in the world today, we ll learn how something called The Third Culture can yield perhaps the most critical missing ingredient in the church today---adaptability---and help the church remain on the best side of history. A Third Culture Church and a Third Culture Leader looks at our new global village and the church s role in that village in a revolutionary way. It s a way to reconnect with the historical roots of what Jesus envisioned the church could be---a people known for a brand of love, unity, goodness, and extravagant spirit that defies all conventions. This book is part of the successful Leadership Innovation Series."

Awards and Recognitions
The Monkey and the Fish: Liquid Leadership for a Third-Culture Church (Leadership Network Innovation #5) by Dave Gibbons has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Christianity Today Book Award - 2010 Award of Merit - Church/Pastoral Leaders category

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Studio: Zondervan
Pages   218
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2009
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Series  Leadership Network Innovation  
Series Number  5  
ISBN  0310276020  
ISBN13  9780310276029  
UPC  025986276027  

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More About Dave Gibbons

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dave Gibbons is crazy about his beautiful, misfit family in New York City, Irvine, Los Angeles, Southeast Asia, China, India, Seoul, Mexico City, London, and Brazil. He's a creative, futurist, activist, and strategist. Dave serves as an adviser to artists, business persons, and community development specialists throughout the world. He also is the Lead of a global alliance of churches and networks. He is the author of the award-winning book on culture and leadership, The Monkey and the Fish, and of XEALOTS. You can learn more about the XEALOT life at and Follow Dave at http: //

Dave Gibbons was born in 1962.

Dave Gibbons has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Leadership Network Innovation

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Third Culture Believers  Apr 9, 2010
"The Monkey and the Fish" is about liquid leadership for a third - culture church, as the subtitle suggests.
The author, Dave Gibbons, relates real life stories of the people of God in all parts of the world, including America, incarnating Christ to those that are marginalized by society and the church. It's both refreshing and inspiring to see what happens when people begin to think and act like Jesus. When personal and church agendas are laid aside so that the love of God can be manifested, it is amazing what God can do.
Though the author doesn't say it, it becomes apparent that evangelical Christianity has botched the mission of God. We say that our top priority is to get people saved, but Jesus said our top priority is to love people. This book illustrates how people come to faith in Christ when they encounter the genuine love and acceptance Jesus offers through his people. It's natural and unforced, no striving to get people to say "the prayer", but trusting the Holy Spirit to do his work with them.
On page 165, Dave Brubaker, a church planter working with the arts community in London says it this way:
"We have talked about the whole conversion experience the church has prescribed, and how that maybe needs to be deconstructed. In our respective places around the world, what we're learning is just the power of showing honest, authentic love and concern for people. As we have been doing that, the response has just been so positive. It's intoxicating for people, and they taste it and they like it. But we often go, "Okay, make sure you sign and fill out this form," or, "Make sure you say this prayer." What we're seeing in London is we can trust completely in God and in his Spirit to be able to work in that person's life in a much more powerful way than we ever could.
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Excellent Book  Dec 29, 2009
This is a book that will make a person in Christian leadership think long and hard. It is very good reading for everyone else, too - gets one to consider going "outside the box." Can't beat the price, either.
Trans-cultural Christianity  Dec 5, 2009
This is one of the most talked-about books this year in Christian leadership circles. It is about the need for churches to embrace third-culture attitudes. First culture is the dominant homogeneous culture you live in; second culture is the culture of those who are uncomfortable with the first culture; and third culture is about embracing and affirming all different types of ethnicities and cultures.

Gibbons, who is part Caucasian and part Korean, is the founding pastor of Newsong, a multi-site megachurch with campuses in the US, Mexico City, Bangkok, London and India. His book contains some great inspiration for anyone wanting to catch a vision of how a church can take advantage of globalisation. He says that we need to read authors of different cultures, befriend people who are not like us, identify our neighbours, love without strings attached, and become a church without walls.

The book is reasonably short, inexpensive, and easy to read, and should be considered essential reading for any church leader who cares about God's global mission. The author's cross-cultural credentials are slightly dented by some factual mistakes relating to kiwifruit in chapter 4, and a roundtable discussion in Chapter 7 lurches around unpredictably, but the overall message concerning the church's need for a global outlook is very timely.
timely  Nov 21, 2009
Dave does an awesome job of assessing the times and putting words to things I felt but had not been able to verbalize. Our association of churches is going through some massive changes and Dave validates the direction I had hoped we would go.
A look at how to be the church in today's world  Oct 29, 2009
This book explores how the church can actively be the church, the representatives of Christ, in our highly globalized and multi-cultural world. Gibbons uses his personal experiences and learned wisdom to offer practical instruction to help readers open their perspective on the role of the church today.

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