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Organic Church

Organic Church

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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.

- Publisher About Leadership Network. Foreword. Preface. Introduction. Part One: Roots Of The Organic Church. Part Two: The Organic Nature Of The Kingdom Of God. Part Three: From The Microscope To The Telescope. Part Four: The Epidemic Kingdom And How It Spreads. Part Five: The Call To Organic Church. Notes. Acknowledgments. About The Author. Subject Index. Scriptural Index.

- Publisher "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 tell 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 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 "In an age where millions are saying 'God yes, church no!' most of us instinctively feel that church as we know it prevents church as God wants it. But where, exactly, is the catch? Where do we go from here? Neil Cole expertly places a thrilling invitation before us to join probably the most exciting spiritual pilgrimage going on today: the global migration of a church on the way back home. Come and dial in!" --Wolfgang Simson, author, Houses that Change the World "Church multiplication is not likely to be the province of ivory tower theoreticians! In Organic Church Neil Cole helps us to understand that church multiplication is never going to be a spectator sport. This is hands down the most useful and comprehensive book currently available to understanding the rapidly growing expressions of simple, organic church life around the world." --Dr. N. A. (Tony) Dale, editor, House 2 House Magazine "I heartily recommend this book. It is packed with deep insights; you will find no fluff in it. Among the books on church planting, it offers a rare combination of attributes: it is biblical and well written, its model has proven effective, and it is authored by a practitioner rather than an observer or an ivory-tower theoretician." --Curtis Sergeant, directory of church planting, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, California "It is a great joy to recommend Neil Cole's Organic Church. The stories and experiences in this book will encourage many to follow the Holy Spirit and go where God is leading. Neil Cole is a true pioneer in the faith and a man of great vision who has chosen to live out the things that God has poured into him. I believe this book will ignite hearts to live out their faith in organic communities across the country and around the world." --Rev. Michael Steele, North American director, Dawn Ministries "Neil Cole is a true trailblazer for today's church. His story will inspire you and equip you to experience the living Christ in community." --Jonathan S. Campbell Ph.D., author, The Way of Jesus

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About "Organic Church"

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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About Leadership Network. Foreword. Preface. Introduction. Part One: Roots Of The Organic Church. Part Two: The Organic Nature Of The Kingdom Of God. Part Three: From The Microscope To The Telescope. Part Four: The Epidemic Kingdom And How It Spreads. Part Five: The Call To Organic Church. Notes. Acknowledgments. About The Author. Subject Index. Scriptural Index.
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"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 tell 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 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 "In an age where millions are saying 'God yes, church no!' most of us instinctively feel that church as we know it prevents church as God wants it. But where, exactly, is the catch? Where do we go from here? Neil Cole expertly places a thrilling invitation before us to join probably the most exciting spiritual pilgrimage going on today: the global migration of a church on the way back home. Come and dial in!" --Wolfgang Simson, author, Houses that Change the World "Church multiplication is not likely to be the province of ivory tower theoreticians! In Organic Church Neil Cole helps us to understand that church multiplication is never going to be a spectator sport. This is hands down the most useful and comprehensive book currently available to understanding the rapidly growing expressions of simple, organic church life around the world." --Dr. N. A. (Tony) Dale, editor, House 2 House Magazine "I heartily recommend this book. It is packed with deep insights; you will find no fluff in it. Among the books on church planting, it offers a rare combination of attributes: it is biblical and well written, its model has proven effective, and it is authored by a practitioner rather than an observer or an ivory-tower theoretician." --Curtis Sergeant, directory of church planting, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, California "It is a great joy to recommend Neil Cole's Organic Church. The stories and experiences in this book will encourage many to follow the Holy Spirit and go where God is leading. Neil Cole is a true pioneer in the faith and a man of great vision who has chosen to live out the things that God has poured into him. I believe this book will ignite hearts to live out their faith in organic communities across the country and around the world." --Rev. Michael Steele, North American director, Dawn Ministries "Neil Cole is a true trailblazer for today's church. His story will inspire you and equip you to experience the living Christ in community." --Jonathan S. Campbell Ph.D., author, The Way of Jesus
- Publisher

Meet the Authors

Neil Cole

Neil Cole is the founder and executive director of Church Multiplication Associates, which has helped start more than a thousand churches around the world. He is seen by many to be one of the key founders of what is known as the organic- or simple-church movement. Cole is the author or coauthor of several books, including Organic Church, Search & Rescue: Becoming a Disciple Who Makes a Difference, Growing Faith where Life Happens. and Cultivating a Life for God. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Dana, and their three children, Heather, Erin, and Zach, and his latest book is Organic Leadership.

Leonard Sweet

Leonard Sweet (PhD., University of Rochester), is founder and president of SpiritVenture Ministries and serves as the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew Theological School in Madison, New Jersey. He also is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, and the chief writer for preachingplus.com, a resource for pastors and other Christian speakers. A popular speaker himself, Sweet has written more than twenty books, including The Three Hardest Words, Out of the Question Into the Mystery, AquaChurch, SoulTsunami, and SoulSalsa.

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.

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Revival of True Church Spirit
4 stars By Matt, Jul 22 2013
In today's society there is something broken with Church - falling Church attendances across all denominations; particularly in industrialised western countries, point to significant problems with how we are 'doing' Church.
Looking back we can see that the early Church grew rapidly. Yet they did not have electric guitars, multimedia wizardry or cool kids programs. In fact, they often endured persecution and horrible death. Why are we different today? How can we recapture the growth of the early Church?
Niel Cole and Leonard Sweet demonstrate that you don't need big Church buildings, flashy electronic wizardry or cool programs for youth.
A heart for Jesus and turning to Him always, as we are lead by Him in developing His Church, is all that we need. Cole and sweet show us that less can really can be more in a burgeoning movement called Organic Church.
This is a must-read, paradigm-shifting, eye-opener for any Christian who has a heart to see the Good News spread to the very ends of the earth, and His Kingdom realised here on Earth.
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A Challenge
5 stars By Rick, Mar 29 2008
This book will challenge your thinking about church. This is a no-holds-barred attempt to describe a way forward for the church in our 21st century world. If you are a church leader, then this book is a must for you to read. Beware, because you may find yourself in an awkward position after reading it. You may not want to go back to doing church the way you have been doing it. It has challenged my thinking a lot and I have been doing church for at least 40 years. You will find here the essentials for the survival of the church in our time and in the days ahead.
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  • Catalogue Code 245415
  • Product Code 078798129X
  • EAN 9780787981297
  • Pages 272
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Jossey Bass
  • Publication Date Aug 2005
  • Sales Rank #22190
  • Dimensions 236 x 165 x 25 mm
  • Weight 0.444kg

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