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Kevin G. Harney (kevingharney.com) serves at Shoreline Community Church in Monterey, California. He is the author of many books and studies, including Organic Outreach for Ordinary People, Seismic Shifts, and Reckless Faith.

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  • Series: Organic Outreach
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (October 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031027396X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310273967
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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Many Christian books only give a method for doing exactly what they have done, which may or may not work for your situation. This book rather gives the principles behind the methods which are then easily adapted to any situation. Very practical, easy ad quick to read.
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Everything follows the same life-stages. Businesses, non-profits, para-church organizations, and even churches move along the same trajectory. Mark Driscoll simplifies this trajectory as Man, Mission, Movement, Monument. It always begins with a person. This person brings on others either through recruiting or conversion. As more join the original man, it becomes a mission. Missions become Movements as they expand beyond their small base - they reproduce leaders, small groups and even other churches. This is the healthiest stage. But, in time, these Movements can become Monuments. They exist in memory for what once was. Most of the people reminisce rather than change or adapt.

The transition stage from Movement to Monuments primarily involves the loss of outreach. People assume that they community knows all about their church. They assume that they gospel has been shared. Or, they isolate. People are content. They like the size, or the feel - so everything becomes closed. The very thing which gave the church life, is the first thing to go - outreach.

Kevin Harney wrote Organic Outreach with this sort of church in mind. They are the plateaued or declining church. Yet, there is no golden gun. So, why write this book? Rather than serving, primarily, as a 'how-to' manual, Organic Outreach is a diagnostic tool. He helps pastors and church leaders to reorient themselves and their ministries. I believe that he adds something that has been missing in previous books. He recognizes that true outreach occurs when the church loves the right things. Believers must love Jesus, the lost and the church. Without these, outreach may occur, but it is most likely infrequent or forced. This is what he recognizes as the 'Heart' of the church.

Next, he considers the 'Mind' of the church.
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This book review is provided by one of my friends, Daniel Threlfall, who is the marketing director for www.Sharefaith.com.They provide media resources, website development and other services for churches. A visit to their website is well worth your time. Please take a moment to read the review and consider purchasing a copy of Organic Outreach.

Think with me for a second. Is the following statement true of your church? “Churches invest an inordinate percentage of their time and finances in people who are already followers of Jesus.” True, isn’t it? Is it true of your church? Most churches pour the vast majority of their resources and time into taking care of the sheep.

So what?

Kevin Harney, author of Organic Outreach thinks we have a problem. “Not all of this is bad or wrong,” he’s quick to point out. But as a whole, we’re probably spending too much time and too much money on the already-disciples, forsaking the not-yet-disciples, those whom Jesus commanded us to reach with the good news. It’s not just a matter of the dollars and cents of the church budget. It’s a deeper issue that penetrates into very fabric of the church. Churches that lack outreach are churches that lack life.

Maybe it’s time to change this. Maybe it’s time to amp up your church’s outreach. Maybe it’s time to be more aggressive about the Great Commission. Maybe it’s time to get serious about reaching people who are living and dying, never being relentlessly pursued by passionate Christians, eager to share the life-changing message of Jesus. Maybe it’s time we focus on outreach.

What Organic Outreach Is All About

Harney’s book is a jarring wake-up call to do just that. It’s more than an alarm, though. Sure, our churches need to a wake up call, but we need more.
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In a clever play on the word 'organic,' Harney is able to compare and contrast what true evangelistic passions means. It is not simply a job delegated to groups that label themselves evangelistic committees or mission teams. Neither is it just sending money or promising prayers to a distant community of need. Those are essentially add-ons, or artificial supplements, or inorganically modified methods of outreach. In a nutshell, organic outreach is about infusing evangelistic passion in all ministries beginning with the leadership in any Christian organization. The need to obey the Great Commission needs to occur at every level, every domain, and in every heart of anyone who calls himself or herself a disciple of Christ.

What makes outreach 'organic?' Firstly, it is natural. Christians begin with moving away from their unnatural selves, but becoming new in Christ. Thus, all outreach begins with a new, natural self. Secondly, it is pervasive. A healthy plant has nutrients that flow through the entire organism. This is the same with evangelistic fervour. It should not be restricted only to one part of the body but the whole. Thirdly, it is good for general spiritual health both within and without the church.

Harney has updated the age-old evangelistic outreach into one that is most useful for the 21st Century. In asking for a widespread infusion of evangelistic passion, Harney writes from the heart for the hearts of the church people. He writes with an intelligent mind, to convince the minds of the people. He writes with an eye on practical applications. He wraps it up with a clear and simple gospel message that can be verbalized. All of these make Organic Outreach for Churches an essential read for anyone in leadership.
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