Neil Cole lives in Los Angeles California same as my grandfather Ervan Adams. Neil was a lifeguard at Long Beach, Ervan a carpenter without a single power tool. My mom Margaret grew up on the streets of LA and has fond memories of her family camping on those beaches a week at a time in a tent, that was their vacation. So I got to do vacations to LA from Arkansas and Texas. We did those same beaches, Disneyland, and made the rounds to all our family there and in Oakland.
Reading Neil Cole’s books took me back to a simpler time in my youth because of the settings he describes. Here are some more of my notes, made while reading Organic Church. Cole mining is not for those full of fear of the unknown and the darkness. Yes, it can even be dangerous, Jesus sent sheep out among the wolves, light into darkest of souls…. , please join me…
Preface comment: There is something wrong with the church. You don’t know what it is, but it’s there. It is the feeling that brought you this book. NC – Neil Cole
Reggie McNeal: A Growing number of people are leaving the institutional church for a new reason. …. They are leaving the church to preserve their faith. xxiii Introduction
If you want to win this world to Christ, you are going to have to sit in the smoking section. That is where lost people are found…. NC, xxvii Introduction
At the time of this writing (2005), there have been close to 800 churches started in thirty-two states and twenty-three nations around the world, in only six years. These churches were small (averaging sixteen people) and simple. NC, p. 26 (800×16=12,600 believers)
Note p. 27: When you have a professionally run church the members are more like spectators. This results in a passive powerless church. NC paraphrase.
p. 29: In the chapters that follow, we unfold the organic nature of the Kingdom and see how the church begins, continues, and reproduces in natural ways. NC
Howard Snyder: The gospel says Go, but our church buildings say stay. p.31 quoted from The Problem of Wineskins.
Jesus said the shepherd left the ninety and nine to find the one sheep who had wandered off. In a way this is organic shepherding. He knows one night alone out with the wolves, this sheep is a goner. Plenty of cause for rejoicing when the lost is found and recovered. (the whole world is lost and needs recovering, and …. they likely won’t ever step through the doors to your building.) Matthew 28 states go ye, not come thee…..