Tools & Trainings  for  Organic Church Movements  
Issue No. 6                                                                                                                   10.29.07 
Dear ,
Just today I was talking again about being clueless.  Sometimes this  journey in organic church is just baffling.  Maybe I need to reconsider, really it's more like MOST times. 
 I take great confidence in one of the parables where Jesus describes someone who is clueless.   Actually I'm a little bit better off than that guy--he is clueless and quite possibly sleeping on the job:
 "This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28 All by itself the soil produces grain-- first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. 29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come."                                                                                   Mark 4:26-29 NIV
Fortunately the Creator has embedded life in the seed and I don't have to conjure it up.  I'm really clueless.  I know I have to keep scattering seed and I know I have to do the good hard work of harvesting when it's time.  But I take great comfort in knowing that I don't have to have it all figured out.   Maybe that's an encouragement to you as well.
Press on,
Mike Jentes
Church Multiplication Associates
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November 2nd - 3rd  Second Story Greenhouse in New York City.

November 16th - 18th First Story Greenhouse in Grand Rapids, MI.

November 25th-Dec 8th 2007 Neil Cole will return to Kiev, Ukraine for a Greenhouse Story 1 & 2.
Last November, missionaries and church planters from the Ukraine, Russia, Estonia, Georgia, and Germany attended the Greenhouse.The dates are November 26th and 27th, 2007. See for more information or contact: To register contact Maxim Nicolaev:
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 February 8-10, 2008  in Ontario, California 
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A Life Transformation Group is a simple way to release the most essential elements of a vital spiritual walk to people who need Jesus. This tool empowers the common Christian to accomplish the uncommon work of reproducing spiritual disciples who can in turn reproduce others.
An LTG is made up of two or three people, all of the same gender, who meet weekly for personal accountability for their spiritual growth and development. It is recommended that a group not grow past three but rather multiply into two groups. 
We offer 2 versions of LTG cards-  Red with the original 11 questions and
the Blue simplifed with 5 questions. 
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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
Feature Article

A Glorious Mess
By Shauna Bowman (08/2007)

A Glorious Mess-that is my description for my house church experience. The amazing intensity of real community coupled with the reality of being in such close emotional and spiritual proximity to fallible human beings. Yes, it is heinously messy at times, but you know something, God has cleaned up some of those messes in such an incredible fashion it's been nothing short of miraculous. 

Last night, we said goodbye to a couple that has come to mean more to me than I could ever have imagined. They have walked through the darkest days with our family. Their fingerprints are all over every major event in our lives in the last five years;  from being newlyweds and moving into our first home, to the birth of our two children and the loss of two others, to medical emergencies and to the mundane survival of everyday parenting and married life. They have been there; graciously loving us through all our muck. 
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