Organic Church: Growing Faith Where Life Happens   -     By: Neil Cole
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Organic Church: Growing Faith Where Life Happens

Jossey-Bass / 2005 / Hardcover

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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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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Jossey-Bass
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 078798129X
ISBN-13: 9780787981297
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Series: Jossey-Bass Leadership Network|Leadership Network

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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.

Author Bio

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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    Church...as most of us don't know it!
    January 27, 2011
    David Gough
    Alexandria, VA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
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    In sharing his experience in the organic church movement, Neil Cole does a good job casting vision for the rest of us who minister in more traditional settings. I found myself caught in between wanting to "start over" and asking "what do I do now?" While the concepts shared appear to belong to Cole, some of his illustrations seem to have been borrowed from others (without giving credit). For example, his frequent allusion to movie themes is very similar to a method first used by John Eldredge; and his illustration about the Queen Mary is almost straight out of an article by Ralph Winter. His section on the DNA of a church, in the middle of the book, could be been explained in a less wordy way. But Cole recovers well and finishes with a strong and encouraging finish. Aside from these "flaws," this is a very helpful book for church planters just getting started, as well as for pastors who need a fresh vision in their present ministries.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 1, 2010
    Paul Powell
    This book really explains how to be missional in your approach to ministry in a very practical way. It is a great read and really keeps your attention.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 25, 2009
    Jonathan Grubbs
    This book is a great introduction to what it means to be a part of the organic missional church focused on reaching the lost. For far too long the church has been focused on gathering Christians together to go through religious motions, many of which are not found anywhere in the Scriptures. Neil Cole does a great job of showing how the Gospel of Jesus is all that is needed to reach the lost, change lives and start Organic Churches everywhere, Churches that are simple enough to be reproduced with real multiplication. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in "church planting" or anyone who wants to reach the lost in their community.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 9, 2007
    David R. Bess
    I've been looking for a great summary of the missional church concept -- here I've finally found it. Neil Cole calls the reader back to the Biblical roots of church, cutting through traditional paradigms and dated ecclesiology. While maintaining a fresh relevance to the 21st century, the author communicates a way of doing church that is so Scriptural it appears new.This book is NOT another formula of how to organize, lead or manage a local church. Instead, it is a radical departure from a dying, dated ministry model to one that is Biblically sound yet culturally relevant. I recommend this book highly -- it's definitely a keeper for me!
  5. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    March 13, 2006
    Matt
    overall, an interesting book on church planting methodology. However, his exegeting of certain scriptures as well as his assertion that his way is absolutly correct makes this book a must read only for the seminary student or professor. Other text in the field are better!
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