In Tahlequah, a little town in Oklahoma, a halfway house was condemned putting around 30 people on the street. The local community held a meeting to see if and how they could help these newly homeless people, and they came up with a list of ideas but no one came forward to make them happen. But there was one man there who is a local pastor and a friend of mine. After leaving the meeting, he laid down in bed that night and couldn’t sleep. The thought of people in his city not being able to eat disturbed him. He got up the next day and went to the grocery store and bought stuff to make sandwiches and snapped some pictures to make a Facebook post about what he was doing. The post blew up—hundreds of people and even local businesses around the community started asking how they could help. Today over a hundred volunteers make sandwiches for the needy, the city has given a building to a local organization to provide showers and laundry services, and a case manager works with anyone who needs to get ID’s for jobs. All because someone decided to make sandwiches.
Malcom Gladwell describes the tipping point as that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate.
This month at GENESIS we’re going to discuss how we can be a part of a tipping point. How can we experience a move of God? How can we make a difference? How will it spread?
Come to GENESIS and join the conversation.