Organic Church: Growing Faith Where Life Happens

Organic Church: Growing Faith Where Life Happens

Hardback Leadership Network Publication

By (author) Neil Cole, Foreword by Leonard I. Sweet

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  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass Inc.,U.S.
  • Format: Hardback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 30mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 7 October 2005
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 078798129X
  • ISBN 13: 9780787981297
  • Sales rank: 52,176

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Churches have tried all kinds of ways to attract new and younger members - revised vision statements, hipper worship, contemporary music, livelier sermons, bigger and better auditoriums. But there are still so many people who aren't being reached, who don't want to come to church. And the truth is that attendance at church on Sundays does not necessarily transform lives; God's presence in our hearts is what changes us. Leaders and laypeople everywhere are realizing that they need new and more powerful ways to help them spread God's Word.According to international church starter and pastor Neil Cole, if we want to connect with young people and those who are not coming to church, we must go where people congregate. Cole shows readers how to plant the seeds of the Kingdom of God in the places where life happens and where culture is formed - restaurants, bars, coffeehouses, parks, locker rooms,and neighborhoods. "Organic Church" offers a hands-on guide for demystifying this new model of church and shows the practical aspects of implementing it.

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Neil Cole is a church starter and pastor, and founder and executive director of Church Multiplication Associates, which has helped start over seven hundred churches in thirty-two states and twenty-three nations in six years. He is an international speaker and the author of Cultivating a Life for God. Visit the Leadership Network Website, www.leadnet.org, for more innovative resources and information. You can find more resources on organic church planting at www.cmaresources.org

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"...for Christians who are asking deep questions." (Church Times, Friday 21st December 2007)

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Advance Praise for Organic Church"This book is profound, practical, and a pleasure to read. It stretches our thinking and brings us to a place where we can see the Kingdom of God spread across the world in our generation. This book has come at the right time." --John C. Maxwell, founder, INJOY, INJOY Stewardship Services and EQUIP"My life is about seeing hundredfold results. Neil Cole's approach helps get those kinds of results for churches by planting many new expressions of the Kingdom that reach thousands of people. One of the great joys of my life for the past six years has been to watch the dramatic growth of Awakening Chapels and the organic churches described in this work. Cole's new book tells not only the inspiring story but also describes the principles, so you can apply these ideas." --Bob Buford, founder and chairman, Leadership Network; author, Halftime and Finishing Well"I always listen when Neil Cole speaks. His breadth of understanding and practice of what he preaches is right on. Everyone should know or be aware of this guy that God is using in a powerful way." --Bob Roberts, senior pastor, NorthWood Church, Keller, Texas"Neil Cole is one of the foremost thinkers and practitioners of organic forms of church. His vision of the church is as new as it is ancient. Cole's story as well as the philosophy of Church Multiplication Associates is paradigmatic for the church as it seeks to negotiate its way faithfully into the twenty-first century." --Alan Hirsch, director, Forge Mission Training Network, church planter; author, The Shaping of Things to Come

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Churches have tried all kinds of ways to attract new and younger members--revised vision statements, hipper worship, contemporary music, livelier sermons, bigger and better auditoriums. But there are still so many people who aren't being reached, who don't want to come to church. And the truth is that attendance at church on Sundays does not necessarily transform lives; God's presence in our hearts is what changes us. Leaders and laypeople everywhere are realizing that they need new and more powerful ways to help them spread God's Word. According to international church starter and pastor Neil Cole, if we want to connect with young people and those who are not coming to church, we must go where people congregate. Cole shows readers how to plant the seeds of the Kingdom of God in the places where life happens and where culture is formed--restaurants, bars, coffeehouses, parks, locker rooms, and neighborhoods. Organic Church offers a hands-on guide for demystifying this new model of church and shows the practical aspects of implementing it. While it may seem revolutionary, this model of church--bringing God's message where people are rather than expecting them to show up at church--is in keeping with the message of Jesus, who lived among the people of his time. Organic Church shows how we can return to those ancient roots by letting the church be alive, organic, growing, spreading in the most likely and unlikely places.

Table of contents

About Leadership Network.Foreword.Preface.Introduction.Part One: Roots of the Organic Church.1. Ride Out with Me!2. Awakening to a New Kind of Church.3. The Zombie Bride Lives!4. A Dangerous Question.Part Two: The Organic Nature of the Kingdom of God.5. Kingdom 101: You Reap What You Sow ... and You Eat What You Reap.6. An Enchanted Kingdom with Magic Seeds, Fast-Growing Trees, and a Beautiful Bride to Rescue.7. We All Began as Zygotes.Part Three: From the Microscope to the Telescope.8. Mapping the DNA of Christ's Body.9. Epidemic Expansion Starts in the Genes.Part Four: The Epidemic Kingdom and How It Spreads.10. It Takes Guts to Care for People.11. Me and Osama Are Close.12. The How-To of Spreading the Epidemic.Part Five: The Call to Organic Church.13. Falling with Style.14. Tales That Really Mattered.Notes.Acknowledgments.About the Author.Subject Index.Scriptural Index.