“Marks of a Movement” by Winfield Bevins New and Noteworthy According to Christianity Today
Winfield Bevins, author, artist, pastor, teacher and director of church planting at Asbury Seminary, released Marks of a Movement in September 2019. Bevins is one of three authors that Christianity Today recognized in their New and Noteworthy list this fall.
Marks of a Movement calls us back to the disciple-making mandate of the church through the timeless wisdom of John Wesley and the Methodist movement. With a love for history and a passion for today’s church, his book helps us reimagine church multiplication in a way that focuses on making and multiplying disciples for the twenty-first century.
For the past decade, Winfield has studied historic church movements, concluding that another movement of the same proportions as the 18th century Wesleyan revival is needed to reach the West. His book draws on the example of the Wesleyan revival to offer vital and timeless lessons for church renewal and fresh expressions of mission in the 21st century.
“If you are tired of hearing about church decline, and if you are hungry to see a fresh movement of God in the West again, this book is written for you,” Bevins said. “To that end, I pray that as you read Marks of a Movement, it will lead to a disciple-making movement in your life, your church, your community, and our world.”
Bevins’ book explores the multiplication lessons we can learn from the Wesleyan movement, using that as the foundation to ask what a multiplication movement would like for us today. His work goes on to explore the importance of discipleship as a practice for making a lasting impact.
“It’s impossible to read this book without getting excited about what the Holy Spirit has done and can do in lives fully surrendered to God,” Rev. Jessica LaGrone, Dean of Chapel at Asbury Seminary, said. “This account of the powerful marks of the Wesleyan movement inspires and challenges us to be part of the birth of a new movement for our day. On almost every page I found myself praying: ‘May it happen again!’”
Winfield is passionate about helping others connect to the roots of the Christian faith for discipleship and mission. He frequently speaks at conferences on a variety of topics and is a regular adjunct professor at several seminaries. Having grown up in a free-church background, Bevins eventually found his spiritual home in the Anglican tradition, but freely draws wisdom from all church traditions.
Winfield has authored several books, including, Ever Ancient. Ever New; Church Planting Revolution; Grow at Home: A Beginner’s Guide to Family Discipleship; Our Common Prayer: A Field Guide to the Book of Common Prayer; and Creed: Connect to the Essentials of Historic Christian Faith.
He and his wife Kay have three beautiful girls Elizabeth, Anna Belle, and Caroline, and live in the Bluegrass state of Kentucky.