Tools & Trainings  for  Organic Church Movements  
Issue No. 12                                                                                                                    07.11.08 
What IS Faith?!?!

We all  go through challenging things in life.  And as People of Faith we are charged with finding some way to navigate those things with our Faith.  I was taught two ways to think about "faith."

The first is that "faith" is something you hang on to until things get better. You grit your teeth and do not let go of the hope that things will get better.   The other is that "faith" is a force that makes things happen.  Despite the apparent facts, if you have enough faith, you can make things  work out the way you want them to.  Both of these have served me in some way over the years, but neither of them have ever really set well with me.
Over the past five years or so I have begun to embrace a different way of understanding faith.  Faith is more like a lens through which we see the Truth about the world and this life--"we walk by faith not by sight."  In other words, there is a TRUTH about everything that we go through, both the apparent good and the apparent bad; and it is through faith that we are able to see that TRUTH. 

For example, when God sent Moses to deliver the Hebrews from 400 years of slavery in Egypt, the things He did at first appeared to make things worse.   But the TRUTH was that in the end, those things led to their deliverance from slavery.  For us, the things we have gone through may appear to be bad, but after few months the TRUTH seems to be that they may have been ultimately good!  I haven't sorted it all out yet, but I think I am on to something.
Walking by Faith,

Robert  Caldwell

Church Multiplication Associates
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Trainings in the planning stages for Fall 2008:

  • Chicago, IL  //  Story 1
  • San Diego, CA  //  Story 1
  • Long Beach, CA  // Story 1 &  2

Other Training Opportunities:

July 20- August 1 Student Church Planting Experience in Kansas City Jaeson Ma and more as trainers.
Details at

August 28-31 in Dallas, TX - House2House Labor Day Conference. All the information is at

August 28-31 in Ethiopia  Neil Cole will be sharing organic church principles.

September 18-19 in Orlando, FL  Neil Cole will be speaking at the Blossom Conference.

September 26-October 2 in Hong Kong Neil Cole will be sharing organic church principles.

February 19-21, 2009 Organic Leadership - CMA Conference 2009

Long Beach, CA @ The Grand > stay tuned HERE

Featured Resources

Missional House ChurchesNEW Item>>Missional House Churches: Reaching Our Communities with the Gospel- J. D. Payne 

Missional House Churches examines house churches in the United States that are making disciples through evangelism and church planting. Based on personal experience, research, and interviews with thirty-three missional house church leaders, this work offers a peek into an area of the church that few have seen.

Topics addressed include: the recent growth in the popularity of house churches in the United States, what defines church, various characteristics of the house churches, methods of evangelism and leadership development which lead to growth, use of financial resources for missions and benevolence, the future of house churches in North America, and the relationship of church planting movements and house churches.

Those interested in learning about house churches, as well as students, missionaries, and mission and church leaders will benefit by knowing what is going on in the world of house churches that are reaching their communities.

The World Needs Heroes. Are you one of them? Christians today are on a rescue mission. Each of us is called to get involved in God's plan to make disciples. Church planter Neil Cole knowa about saving lives: he is a former California lifeguard. In Search & Rescue he takes the lessons learned form that experience and applies them to our mission of rescuing people from darkness and leading them into the kingdom of God.

Weaving together his personal experiences of saving lives with biblical principles for how to make and multiply disciples, Cole shows how to create Life Transformation Groups that can help a Christian grow in a safe and transparent relationship with one or two other spiritual pilgrims.

Full of heroic and even humorous stories, Search & Rescue captures readers' imaginations and hearts and doesn't let go until they want to make a difference and know how to go about doing it.

Read 2 chapters free: - "Between a Rock & a Hard Place & What is a Real Hero in God's Kingdom?

Featured Article

The Legacy of Roland Allen: Part One-His Life

by J. D. Payne
One of the most controversial, yet most influential missionary thinkers in Church history, was Roland Allen. An examination of his missionary experience reveals nothing too impressive from a humanistic perspective. Rather, it was Allen's insights into the expansion of the Church that sometimes equated him as being a prophet, a revolutionary, a radical, or a troublemaker. This is the first part of a two part examination of this pioneer in missionary endeavor.

The Man

Roland Allen was born to Charles Fletcher (1835-1873) and Priscilla (1839-1935) Allen in England on 29 December, 1868. He was the sixth of seven children. At four weeks of age, he was baptized in St. Werburgh's Church. Charles, graduated from Christ's College (Cambridge) in 1858, and served as a clergyman in the Church of England. While away from his family in 1873 in the colony of British Honduras, Charles died at the age of thirty-eight. Allen was not even five years of age.

As a young man, Allen won a scholarship to St. John's College (Oxford), and later won the university's Lothain prize for an essay regarding Pope Silvester II. While pursuing his studies, he was highly influenced by the Anglo-Catholic faculty at Pusey House near St. John's. Following college, Allen attended the High Anglican clergy training school in Leeds. Allen had a very simple motive for attending clergy school. He once noted: "When I was ordained, I was a child. My idea was to serve God in His Temple. Chiefly that, with a conviction that to be ignorant of God's Love revealed in Christ was to be in a most miserable state." His principal described him as being "a refined intellectual man, small not vigorous, in no way burly or muscular~ academic and fastidious rather~ learning and civilization are more to him than most men."

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