Neil Cole’s book Organic Church represents a revelation of sorts to the American church scene. Organic church is grassroots. It doesn’t call for any overthrow of established churches, although it does challenge the mindset of Christians and leaders everywhere. These quotes share part of the story of taking the gospel to where people are and seeing the seeds of faith take root.
It’s been an amazing realization to me, and a challenge to follow one of the last commands of Jesus to his followers: go and make disciples. From there, organic church begins, it’s an old, yet new way, of being about the Father’s business. Join me for this final look into Mining Cole from Organic Church published in 2005.
Several of our early churches (church plants) started strong and ended fast, because they were leader-dependent and those leaders were not empowering others in the church. NC, p. 202
Cole was asked what he would do differently were he to start again planting churches. His response: “
1. Begin in the harvest and start small.
2. Allow God to build around others.
3. Empower others from the start.
4. Let Scripture, not my assumptions lead.
5. Rethink leadership.” p. 205
Leadership recruitment is a dead end. Leadership farming is what is needed. NC, p. 205
Do not invest in potential, but in proven-ness. NC, p. 204
From a chapter titled: Tales That Really Mattered, Cole states: “I believe we are leaving the day of the ordained and ushering in the day of the ordinary. It is a time when common Christians will do uncommon deeds because God delights in using weak and foolish things to shame the world.” p. 215
If the Hobbits never left the Shire, under the party tree smoking pipe weed, we would not really be all that interested in the stories. The conflict makes the struggle compelling. NC, p. 217
This is what you were born to be: a hero. You were created for good works that have been foreordained by God to destroy evil strongholds and set captives free. NC, p. 217