Quotes and Notes from my reading of Neil Cole’s book Organic Church. Cole mining is for sharing, let’s bring a little energy to the surface. Please look over on the right and in the archives for Parts 1-4 of Mining Cole. bd
We compromise the life of the church if we keep bad soil in our membership. NC – Neil Cole, p. 69
Life is too short and the potential yields are too great to spend our lives babysitting fruitless people. NC, p.70
We must regain the lost art of wiping the dust (bad soil) off our feet. NC, p. 71
We have an expression in our movement: bad people make good soil – there’s a lot of fertilizer in their lives. NC, p. 72
Actually, the bible is not silent about who is likely to be good soil. NC Jesus called the sinners to repentance. Luke 5:32 And he called the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom. James 2:5, p.72 from the chapter: Kingdom 101
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant. Robert Louis Stevenson, p.83
Great power is found in walking in faith and freedom, not in control. NC
Two books by Roland Allen are mentioned on p.89 Missionary Methods: St. Paul’s or Ours? Go to: Missionary Methods Ours or St. Paul’sAnd: Spontaneous Expansion of the Church, and the Causes that Hinder It. Go to: Spontaneous Expansion of the Church
Christian Schwarz comments in his book: Natural Church Development: The evangelistic effectiveness of mini-churches is statistically 1,600 percent greater than that of megachurches. p.94
Those who lead small, healthy churches need not feel inferior. We are now entering the day of the small and the smaller we go, the bigger our impact on the world can be. NC, p.94
There is not a single command in all of the Bible to initiate churches. The reason is quite clear: we are not to start churches, but instead to make disciples who make disciples. NC, p. 98
Now that you have a load of Cole, what are you going to do with it?
Have you ever made a disciple?
Have you ever attempted to start a church?
Who is Roland Allen and what did he accomplish?
What are the different types of soil Jesus talked about?
What is cmaresources.org?