Organic Church: Growing Faith Where Life Happens

Organic Church Growing Faith Where Life Happens 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 st

  • Title: Organic Church: Growing Faith Where Life Happens
  • Author: Neil Cole Leonard Sweet
  • ISBN: 9780787981297
  • Page: 114
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 GChurches 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 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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    1. I loved this book. Cole's ideas about the church being an organic living entity rather than a mechanical machine really ring true. His ideas about the simplicity of sharing one's faith and "doing church" really resonated with me and honestly, really make me want to leave the institutional church and live the Christian life in a smaller, organic church much the way he explains. This is where my real problem comes in though: how do I as a career pastor of an institutional church do this? How can I [...]

    2. Neil Cole rethinks the way we've been doing traditional church. With years of church planting experience, he convincingly show us how to overcome the pitfalls of institutional church by using an organic church model. As he pointedly says, "We want to lower the bar of how church is done and raise the bar of what it means to be a disciple."The way we do church has become so complex that is time to refocus our efforts to fulfill Jesus' simple command, "Go and make disciples." He demonstrates how "t [...]

    3. Outstanding book challenging the way Christians understand the concept of church today. The book is extremely simple and without being pretentious it challenges the readers to focus on establishing significant relationships with people around and, by doing so, to share the Christian message of love, fellowship and renewal in Christ. Cole advocates for a church that is formed by people who have witnessed the power of Christ first-hand, and not for an institution or organization that creates infle [...]

    4. I really enjoyed this take on how church should be done.My favorite quote: After spending 3 years personally training His disciples, Jesus told them to wait in the upper room behind close doors and not even think of going out until the Helper came. (p. 52)

    5. Book Review: Organic Church: Growing Faith Where Life HappensSummary:Organic Church by Neil Cole is an excellent book written by a man who was supposed to be a terrible church planter, but turned out to be the one who initiated a church planting movement that has started hundreds of churches all throughout the world. Evidently, God really does use the ordinary and unlikely!It seems as though his book is a response to traditional church leaders who have found that their churches just aren’t “ [...]

    6. A powerful series of stories, tips, tools, and biblical basis for "organic church" - foundational for anyone interested in pursuing a missional lifestyle and/or starting missional communities.

    7. Neil Cole is founder and Executive Director of Church Multiplication Associates, which began in 1990 fostering and serving organic church movements and the network he founded called Awakening Chapels. I first connected with Neil in 2006 when he and I were both asked to consult the leaders of the Campus Transformation Network . Neil is also author of Cultivating a Life For God, co-author of Raising Leaders for the Harvest, and his new book, Search & Rescue: Becoming a Disciple Who Makes a Dif [...]

    8. Organic Church was a good book about ideas for evangelism, but not a book I'd recommend for conducting a serious, biblical, and theologically sound, ecclesiology. Let me first discuss the good ideas and shared passion that Cole communicates in his book.Clearly, Cole has a passion for evangelism. He shares story after story about all of the hurting people (what Cole calls "good soil") of the world that the organic churches have impacted. The stories are inspiring and encouraging, especially to th [...]

    9. This is a good book and has many important things to say. It gives a basic blueprint for simple church. The stories are interesting and Neil Cole is very honest and authentic. However, he is still recovering from a traditional church/ program mindset which shows in his obsession with multiplying. I expect that will change in the next several years as he experiences organic church. Jesus really is capable of growing his own church and he really does have a plan. All we have to do is follow him. T [...]

    10. Boy does this on stir up memories. I've had this one on my shelf for quite a while and just never got "a round tuit". Neil's work here can and should be revolutionary as it addresses very clearly the ineffectiveness of the attractional, congregational form of church. And he does it with respect and without spending all of his time "de-constructing". (Appreciate that - got the T-shirt and use it to wash my car!)I remembered my Campus Crusade for Christ days in college where we led a few people to [...]

    11. Full review at bookwi/organic-church-by-neShort review: Neil Cole is interested in a church that reaches people. A quote early in the book says (paraphrase) "People are interested in Jesus, it is just his wife, the church, they don't want to spend time with." We all know couples where one person is interesting and the other person we can't stand being around. Cole envisions a church that is so reflective of Christ that people want to be around her as well. This is a inspiring book about how Cole [...]

    12. I like the ideas Cole writes about. What I miss in a lot of books with the same tenure is the lack of a theological foundation. This book is an easy read, but lacks depth in my opinion. To say that the NT church works like Cole writes about it is to easy for me. A lot of groups say that. For instance, the Willowcreek Community Church wants to be an Acts 2 church. But the differences between Willow and the ideas of Cole can´t be bigger. It's hands-on content while I expected more. I have like th [...]

    13. Cole corrects the ordinary concept of "church" that most people today hold. This is not the true church, it is a "zombie bride" caricature. My favorite quote: "The vision was of a bride lying down on a couch, so weak she couldn't even sit up. She was so sick that she looked dead, but she was still animated, barelyBut the amazing thing was that her face had a smile on it as though she were waiting to meet her groom at any moment."The church, says Cole, is actually a living organism. The basic uni [...]

    14. I like the principles of this book, but I quit reading it about 1/3 into it. I understand and know the principles that he's talking about. I like the vision the author has. I would love to live out more of this stuff in my life. The problem is that I'm bombarded with this message right now and it is a long way from the reality that I'm working with in a mid-sized, suburban church. Perhaps, I'll pick it up again sometime to get the read of this message. But I need to move on right now as I tend t [...]

    15. As a mainline pastor, this was both extremely encouraging and extremely challenging. It's a must-read for anyone thinking about the church of the next decades. Not that Cole's model is for everyone (even he explicitly denies that), but it raised/reinforced many questions about what it means for those of us called to the more traditional/institutional forms of church - how can we learn from Cole and those like him, and what is God calling us to?Again, I don't know precisely all of how to apply wh [...]

    16. Some good thoughts here, but not enough to give it a strong recommendation. Lots of "religious big sky thinking," Biblical talk, movie/tv/book references, and very little practical help. And much of it reminded me of an opera singer's warm-up -- "me, me, me."One of the best/most helpful lines "We would do much better as leaders in the Chruch to learn at the feet of the farmer ratherr than study with the CEO of a corporation."Interesting range of quotations -- from the expected ones by church lea [...]

    17. Recommended by my pastor. Sounds cool.Later:Okay, so I'm not finished yet, but here are my thoughts so far. The beginning, where he offered a bunch of stories about his way of doing church, was really interesting. The middle, with more abstract concepts and explanations, was pretty boring and I skimmed. I'm neared the end now, and with more stories, it's picking up again.Later:Final impression much like the above paragraph. Finished this quite awhile ago and haven't thought of it much since.

    18. I've just completed reading Neil Cole's Organic Church and have been blown away. It hits to the core of what real faith is. Instead of christian believers organizing into a denomination or organized religion we should expand organically into a family no matter what denomination, creed or race we are. All believers are the church of God and we should start remembering that. Neil Cole helps us get down to the basic DNA of what a true church is. and it's not an organized religion, it's us as basic [...]

    19. What I take away from this (overall) good book is mainly a healthy emphasis on the work of the Holy Spirit to awaken souls and build up the Church. I could also relate to the need for a more "grassroots", community-based church that doesn't necessarily need a nice building and exciting programs. I really enjoyed the simplicity both in the writing style and in the ideas. Looking forward to reading more on this subject.

    20. This is an excellent book on how churches ought to grow (organically). Problem nowadays is that people are afraid of natural relations and are resorting to ones that are quite artificial. Somehow I don't see many churches that appear as spiritually healthy as they could be. I like the way the author illustrates from direct personal example of Jesus's definition of what "fruitfulness" is all about. Very refreshing.

    21. i have never read a book that hit the nail on the head when it comes to the christian church and what it should be. cole simply looks at how the early christians did church in the book of acts from the bible and translates that to the post-modern world. it is, among other things, an autobiography of his jouney from conventional church to the formation of a "small church" movement that God has literally used to change the world.

    22. This book has cemented the work of the Holy Spirit in my heart. I have been asking myself questions like what am I doing to make disciples who make disciples? How is the “church” doing in training disciples how to reproduce? What is a “church” from a Biblical perspective? What is the purpose of a “church?” What constitutes a “church plant?” Why are so few “churches” planting other “churches?” Neil is farther down this line of Holy thinking than I am so this book was a gre [...]

    23. This book resonates with where God has been (slowly) leading me for the last number of years. As a result, with the exception of one chapter, I think the book is excellent. The book is for Christians who are interested in what church is all about. If you are happy and comfortable in your ideas of church, the don't bother reading the book. Rather, it is for those of us who have a sense that something important is missing.

    24. Neil Cole writes to nthe church to help us find our way in our new time. He uses the Apollo thirteen words, Houston, we have a problem to tell us, "Heaven, we have a problem!" Cole suggests that we return to our roots of the ancient church and the Biblical witness not as we assume it is, but that we liet the Biblical witness drive us to faithfulness

    25. What is a church? Seriously? What constitutes a church? Does a church need a building? How often should it meet? How do Americans interested in following Jesus, but wary of the Christian culture do church in mainstream America? You of course won't find answers, but you'll definitely hear about some examples of what people have done.

    26. This book has radically reshaped my thinking in so many good ways. As one who has always loved learning what Scripture has to say about God's purpose for his church, I am thankful to Neil Cole for helping me to see that we have placed the idea of church into a very restrictive box of our own making that has limited it's effectiveness and ability to rapidly multiply the way the early church did.

    27. Like most books that support the house church movement, this book bought into a revisionist history on the Early Church and the Council of Nicea. When your whole premise is "getting back to the way things were", it seems you should at least have an accurate account of how the things that you're trying to get back to were.

    28. I sit just me or is this book kind of basic and, well for a lack of a better word, "Duh". For some reason I could not get past his conservative language and lengthy movie quotes. I think the introduction was good as well as the forward, but I must be missing what everyone is talking about when it is said 'this is a great book."

    29. I loved this book! Still working to understand how some of it plays out in real life, but nonetheless it spurs us on in our efforts at fostering the community we'd expect to find in the family of God.

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