Redline Leadership Training Riot theory

To Answer...

  1. What is Kingdom Culture?
  2. What is Riot Theory?
  3. How do we create Kingdom Culture?

Question #1: What is Kingdom Culture?

MATTHEW‬ ‭13:31-32‬ ‭AMP‬‬ “He gave them another parable [to consider], saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field; and of all the seeds [planted in the region] it is the smallest, but when it has grown it is the largest of the garden herbs and becomes a tree, so that THE BIRDS OF THE AIR FIND SHELTER IN ITS BRANCHES.””
  1. What makes it so hard to establish kingdom culture?
  2. What makes an idea or a cause worth joining?
  3. How can you make your ministry a picture of kingdom culture?
  4. What does it take to help your people step out in faith and grow in the kingdom?

Question #2: Riot Theory

Mark Granovetter

Threshold Models of Collective Behavior

Premise: Collective Behavior can be understood.

When faced with a decision (with two options, a person will weigh the benefits of both options against the costs of each.

A person's decision to do something is impacted by the number of other people who choose to do it also.

Each person has a certain number of people they need to see doing something before they join too.

This set number of people is that person's "threshold"

"The cost to an individual of joining a riot declines as riot size increases, since the probability of being apprehended is smaller the larger the number involved." (Granovetter, 1978)
A sample of 100 kids in your youth group
One person with a zero threshold decides to worship boldly
Someone with a threshold of one sees and worships too
Threshold 9 sees threshold 8 who sees 7 who sees 6 who sees...
Dominoes start to fall.
Until Everyone is doing it.


This is the difference between a riot and an isolated experience.

Decisions to do something new require the right influence

Question #3: How do we create Kingdom Culture?

  • Will you come to youth group?
  • Will you sit with everyone else?
  • Will you engage in worship?
  • Will you respond to the message?
  • Will you study God's word with me?
  • Will you pray out loud?
  • Will you reach out to your friends?
  • Will you follow God's plan for your life?
“Let no one despise or think less of you because of your... _________________________________(fill in your fear/insecurity), but be an example (pattern) for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” -1 Timothy‬ ‭4:12‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Things to remember when creating kingdom culture.

  1. Know what is worth creating a "riot" over.
  2. Focus on unity not uniformity, harmony not just the melody.
  3. Find the zero or one threshold people and empower them.
  4. Set up some small cultural riots and celebrate the win.
  5. Be on their "bench" when they step out and start the right riots.

Don't despise the day of small beginnings (Zech 4:10)!

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