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Organic Church: Growing Faith Where Life Happens Hardcover – September 8, 2005
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"...for Christians who are asking deep questions." (Church Times, Friday 21st December 2007)
"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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I think the book falls down in two areas, both of which have been commented elsewhere so I won't go into detail. First of all, the Neil is sloppy and almost condescending at times about the church as it exists and has existed in history. It's hard to believe he criticized the Apostles for remaining in Jerusalem. His criticism of the orthodox definition of a church because it didn't have Jesus was a bit silly in my opinion (as it seems his friend agreed with me), and what does it mean that a 15-year old girl "started a church." I'm pretty sure Paul knew some 15-year old girls and didn't send any of them to plant churches. In fact, Paul said elders were necessary in churches and said one of the criteria for an elder was "not a new believer" which Neil seems to disagree with. (Neil does cite churches in China as examples for how quickly growth can happen, but he doesn't comment on the really bad theology that is present there or the influence of cults like Eastern Lightning on the church there because of the lack of elder qualified men leading many of those house churches.) There are lots of other theological problems with the book both big and small that I simply don't feel the need to list because I am not trying to beat up on Neil.
I think the second place the book falls down is in the application of these principles, and that's partly related to the theological gaps. I would have liked to know what criteria is used to determine when one of these tiny churches plants another church and how they decide who ends up leading it. From the narrative, it seems like he encourages women and new believers to start churches but I don't know that he ever comes out and says that. He does mention multiple times that a worship leader is important in a new church which isn't in the Bible since Romans 12:1-2 says all of life is worship so I gather that's important to him but I don't know anything else from this book.
Like I said, I am glad I read the book. It is an easy read with colorful commentary. It is a solid challenge to the establishment churches who are doing things their way and insist that their experience rather than the bible be used as a guide, but I'm afraid as helpful as Neil's perspective is in some areas he does the same thing by explaining his experience as God's anticipated norm.
"The Most Receptive Soil, is Often that Which is Most Fertilized"
Neil Cole tells his story of going from a pastor and church planting resource developer for his denomination, to becoming part of an organic church producing movement. One of the most inspiring stories Neil shares is that upon first review by his denominational assessment, Cole was not approved to be a church planter. Yet after several years and many experiences in organic church he was retested by C. Ridley's church planter's assessment, and scored higher in the areas of his previous incompetence. Cole is very honest in sharing both the success and failures he's experienced, and is not shy about sharing the story of Church Multiplication Associates or CMA, either.
I definitely enjoyed Part Three: From the Microscope to the Telescope and Pat Four: The Epidemic Kingdom and How it Spreads the most because Neil explains the "how-to" of organic multiplication. In the front of my copy of Organic Church I have written down the main themes as they relate to the American post-Christian, agri-culture: A) Remember Jesus is Lord of the Harvest and the Master Gardener. Only God produces growth and He knows when it is time to prune. B) The Laborers always need to be aware of what season they are in C) Sometimes you need to till the ground and pull weeds before you can plant. D) The most receptive soil is often that which is most fertilized E) Living Water and Light are essential. F) Growth happens first, and then fruit is produced. G) Branches must stay connected to the Vine in order to live and thrive H) Seed is meant to be scattered.
Lastly, the spiritual DNA of an organic church looks like this: (D)ivine Truth-Faith, (N)urturing Relationships- Love, (A)postolic Mission-Hope.