First, he deduces from Mark 4: Second, and more to the point, he asserts that organic church is the ideal way for the Great Commission to be fulfilled. Cole offers this advice:. From the parable of the mustard seed Mark 4:
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Jesus Dust: Neil Cole's Organic Church: Summary & Review
As a result, he concludes that anyone can do this fairly simple work and that energy and resources ought to be poured into planting the gospel and eventually harvesting, not growing churches.
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator. Eved El Rapha March 16, at From the parable of the mustard seed Mark 4: Cole exemplifies this move. Each element of the plan fits the acronym POP, the first of which is the practice of prayer to the Lord of the harvest for workers ala Luke Cole offers this advice:.
It would seem that the most important property of high-bar disciples is that they reproduce disciples, who reproduce disciples.
Then we enter into relationship with those people. Indeed, one successful evangelist, when asked for the secret to helping so many organci to Christ, said simply: If they are not receptive which happens frequentlywe simply wipe the dust bad soil off our feed and move on to the next pocket of people Neil Cole's Organic Church: The fourth principle of the strategy is to seek a person of peacesomeone who will be receptive to the message of peace.
First, organc deduces from Mark 4: Rather than spending time and energy on those who are resistant to gospel, it should be focused on those who are receptive and will be able to reproduce. For more recent developments of what God is doing in the way of a "new wineskin" see thelastreformationmovie. While The Church for Otherspublished by the WCCpulled attention away from the church as traditionally conceived so that Christians could move toward social action in the world, evangelicals who have joined the missional movement have not followed this tack.
Cole expresses the needed move away from ecclesiolcentrism like this: As the title suggests, Organic Church is as much about ecclesiology as church planting methodology. For the growing numbers of those becoming bored and disillusioned by church curricula which pass for discipleship and social clubs which pass for church, Organic Church offers a compelling vision of an adventurous, overtly spiritual, Christian life lived among those Jesus seemed to favor.
As founder of the Awakening Chapels network and Church Multiplication Associates which claims churches in 32 states and 23 nations, Cole is a leader in what is most-often referred to as the house church movement. Clearly, for Cole, all believers new or otherwise are authorized as priests and missionaries.
In such an environment, all Christians are empowered as priests and thus free to conduct the sacraments, evangelize and start new churches.
The newly baptized, having opened a door to a fresh social network oikos may very well proceed to plant their own church. In addition to the morally compromised, Cole suggests that some of the best places to find good soil are among the poor, the young, spiritual searchers including neul and New Agersthe uneducated and powerless, the insignificant, and the discriminated against Throughout Organic ChurchCole moves back and forth between speaking of the Kingdom and speaking of the church, leaving the reader unclear on the relationship and distinction.
Growing Faith Where Life Happens and offer a critical insights. Third, the power of presence for the work is fundamental.
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The second key is that a particular pocket of people which he elsewhere refers to as an oikos be identified. In recent decades, missionary thinkers have called for a prioritization of missiology over ecclesiology, stressing in diverse ways the belief that the church is secondary to the missio dei whose focus is the world.
Growing Faith Where Life Happens. In contrast to common distortions that have presented a commodified gospel that offers benefits such as eternal bliss or peace in life, Cole makes it clear that the gospel is not only an offer, but also a demand, that becoming a Christian is not simply a matter of receiving forgiveness, but of receiving a commissioning. Thus, in organic churches baptisms are typically performed by the one who evangelized the new convert.
First, he suggests that organic church is the biblical model. Inspired by this conviction and miracles of various types, his hopes take eschatological shape as the possibility of fulfillment of the Great Commission within a generation. Like a pyramid scheme, Cole is at risk of reducing the Christian gospel to the good news of recruitment, and the Christian life to nothing more than seeking to see others become Christians.