Tools & Trainings  for  Organic Church Movements  
Issue No. 14                                                                                          08.29.08 

In the spiritual family that birthed out movement there's a saying that has circulated for years--"The Bible, the whole Bible and nothing but the Bible." It sticks because of its similarity to the oath when one gives testimony--"I will tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God." 

Our last e-newsletter, visited Neil Cole's article about keeping heresy out of the movement.  In essence, the thesis was to raise the bar on disciples--and their intake of the Scripture--and the Lord through His Word will guide His sheep.  He obviously refers to Life Transformation Groups in that article because that is the base level tool we encourage for discipleship...and it sure raises the bar! 

In the tools section below, we wanted to highlight a couple of other tools that we have to resource the movement to know and live the Bible.  Also don't miss the intriguing article by our Greenhouse Trainer Traver Dougherty on "To Network or Not to Network?"

At the same time we like the saying about the Bible, we remember Jesus' comment to the religious leaders, "You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life." (John 5:39-40 NIV) 

Jesus held in balance knowing the Scriptures and knowing Him.  May we hold those things in balance as well!

Press on,

Mike Jentes

Church Multiplication Associates
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Chicago, IL  //  Story 1  
Oct 31-Nov 2  
@ Moody Bible Institute  

Long Beach, CA  // Story 1 &  2
Nov 7-9
@ Los Altos Grace Brethren Church

Trainings in the planning stages
  • Dayton, OH // Story 1   Oct 24-26 @ Apex Community
  • Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX // Story 1
  • San Diego, CA  //  Story 1
  • Memphis, TN // Story 1

Other Training Opportunities:

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

August 28-31 in Ethiopia - Neil Cole will be sharing organic church principles. Email Howie for details

August 28-September 3 in Malaysia  -Brad Fieldhouse will be sharing organic church principles. More info contact Brad

September 9 in Dallas, TX Neil Cole will be part of the Voices of the Missional Movement with Reggie McNeal, Earl Creps, Milfred Minatrea and Eric Swanson. Details here

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

September 26-October 2 in Hong Kong Neil Cole will be sharing organic church principles.
November 4-12 in Raipur, India - Ed Waken & Josh Wilshusen will be sharing evangelism principles and a Greenhouse Story 1.  More info contact Ed

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

Long Beach, CA @ The Grand > stay tuned HERE

Featured Resources

Truth Quest: The Search for Spiritual Understanding
by Neil Cole

Truth Quest is not merely a workbook to study theology. Rather, Truth Quest is a doctrinal discovery system designed to equip leaders to continue the journey of learning for the rest of their life. Even more than that, it is also intended to help them to introduce this life-long journey process to others who can in turn do the same.

It is hard to find something that not only teaches others, but can easily reproduce and multiply into the lives of succeeding generations. Truth Quest is designed to do just that. TruthQuest is a system for training emerging leaders in systematic theology. It requires a class size between four and eight and one facilitator. Students meet one day per month for a year to be prepared to think theologically, but also to pass that education on to others. Each learner needs their own notebook.

30 days bible30 Days to Understanding the Bible
by Max Anders

With this book you'll move rapidly through the Scriptures, gaining in just one month the foundation for a lifetime of study of the most important book ever written. You will find a new 13-week plan that provides everything you need to teach Dr. Ander's system to your small group or house church!  (Often used as a pre-requisite for TruthQuest.)

Featured Article

To Network, or Not To Network?

by Traver Dougherty
When our little clan first set out to start "organic" churches we did so with a "network" of churches in mind. In an effort to maintain the network, we did three things. First, the recognized "elders" of each church met together monthly. Second, a certain percentage of each church's giving went to sustaining the network (website, banking, and so forth). Third, we created a monthly "celebration" gathering (a sort of modified "church" service).

Although I've seen a multiplicity of ways to do organic church networks, in our case cutting cutting all the apron strings was the way to go....