Tools & Trainings  for  Organic Church Movements  
Issue No. 5                                                                                                                   10.04.07 
If you are like me, you need to set reminders on your calendar for important 'don't forget' items. Finding ways of reminding ourselves of important things is really ancient. Peter saw the importance of reminding folks 2000 years ago when he wrote;
"Therefore, I will always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them, and have been established in the truth which is present with you."
2 Peter 1:12

Forgetting is so easy. This e-newsletter is designed to remind all of us of some really important principles and tools that will urge the kingdom of Jesus forward. Our desire is to be actively offering ideas, tools and principles that you can incorporate into the community of folks that you are serving.
If these e-newsletters do not scratch where you are itching, send us a note with some suggestions and we'll work on scratching that itch. Your input and ideas are really important for a community understanding of how to move forward to Christ's Kingdom building pleasure.


Ed Waken
(Valley Life Church  Peoria, AZ)  
Church Multiplication Associates
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 February 8-10, 2008  in Ontario, CA 
Featured Resources
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Organic Church-- Growing Faith Where Life Happens by Neil Cole
Many people today see themselves as more spiritual than religious, and are looking for deeper, more authentic relationships with other people and with God.
Church leaders and church planters must go where these people already are-in coffeehouses, bars, pubs, and other "third places"-if they want to connect with and eventually interest these seekers in Jesus. Organic Church demystifies this new expression of church and teaches the practical aspects of bringing faith to the places where life happens
Hell's Best Kept Secret--   Discover the Crucial Key Needed to Unlock the Unbeliever's Heart. Why are so many unbelievers turning away from the message of the gospel? Ray Comfort boldly breaks away from modern tradition and calls for a return to biblical evangelism. If you're experiencing evangelical frustration over lost souls, unrepentant sinners, and backslidden "belivers", then look no further. This radical approach could be the missing dimension needed to win our generation to Christ.
Feature Article

Conversations Not Conversions
By Ed Waken

My doorbell rang. As I rose from my home office to answer it I wondered to myself, "Who is bothering me?" It was Reese. Reese had trimmed some trees for me earlier in the month and wanted to know if I had more work that he might be able to do. He wore a very sweaty ball cap, dirty clothes and a sunken face.

At that moment, I really didn't care how he was doing. I was busy doing something else and I really didn't need any trees trimmed - Reese was bothering me. But a voice in my heart told me to encourage him. My lips parted; air from my lungs raced across my vocal chords; I managed to ask, "Hey Reese, how are you doing?"

That simple question, prompted by God, began a conversation about Reese's drug addiction and desperate state of life. As we moved to my back yard and enjoyed some sandwiches and iced tea, Reese shared his life story with me. I shared the story of Life with him. Later, Reese invited the Life Giver to be His Lord and Savior. He has since been sober for over two months and has already begun a house church with some friends who are new to Jesus. Whatever I was working on really wasn't that important.

This is a grand story of success in evangelism, but not because Reese became a follower of Christ. It is successful because I was obedient to have a conversation with him instead of blowing him off for my 'stuff'. How many times have I blown off conversations with people because I was so tuned into my world, my agenda and priorities? My experience with Reese reflects the Biblical principles of evangelism that are given to every believer.

Read the rest of the article HERE


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