Tools & Trainings  for  Organic Church Movements  
Issue No. 19                                                                                          11.24.08 
I was sitting in the doctor's office a few days ago.  I got antsy rather quickly and picked up a magazine off the table beside me.  Scrolling through the pages my eyes landed on a rather "Halloween" cut-away of a human body.  Grabbing my attention with the picture, I took in the words:

"The human body was fashioned together in an incredible way. We contain approximately 11 trillion cells, each interconnected and intimately functioning together."  

Those leading two sentences of the article seized my thoughts and imagination.  I mused about many things; lost in thought. I never got any further in the article.

I was propelled to wonder, if every follower of Jesus has at least one gift, and everyone is important and necessary, how does God put it all together? Interconnected and intimately functioning together? Hmmm?

How does the body work in different geographies?  Hands as opposed to feet...they can certainly touch each other, but they don't normally orbit in the same space.  So is one part missing out?  Is the church missing out because it is spread all over the globe and even through time?   The systems of the body-nervous, circulatory, digestive, nervous, etc. all are layered throughout our human bodies.  Maybe that's how it works?

I'm still perplexed by the complexity and simplicity of the metaphor used throughout the New Testament for the church-the Body. My two main thoughts coming out of that interaction with the Lord were these:

 1) Jesus is the one who fashioned our human bodies. If it is made up of 11 trillion cells, then even if all 6.5 billion people on the globe right now came to faith, He'd have no trouble to finding space in the Body for everyone to fit--and perfectly! 

2) Jesus is in charge, and I'm not supposed to figure it all out!  I know that, but the reminder was a good one again. I'll still probably need it in a couple of days.

Press on,

Mike Jentes

Church Multiplication Associates
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Memphis, TN  
//   Story 1
January 16-18, 2009
@ The Snowden House

Long Beach, CA   //  Story 1
February 19-21, 2009
As a Workshop Track at CMA's Organic Leadership Conference
Dayton, OH   //   Story 1  
March 27-29
@ Apex Community

Trainings in the planning stages for 2009
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  • Phoenix, AZ // Story 1 
  • San Diego, CA  //  Story 1
  • Mobile, AL // Story 1  
  • Seattle, WA // Story 1
  • Chicago, IL // Story 2


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

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Featured Resources

Organic Leadership coverOrganic Leadership: Leading Naturally Right Where You Are
by Neil Cole

To be Released February 2009

<< This is the new cover shot.  Check out the link below for the Table of Contents, Excerpt and more. 
 In Organic Leadership Cole addresses:
        • How the church has carried on for far too long with faulty leadership ideas, without questioning them
        • Shows how healthy and growing disciples can emerge naturally as leaders in God's kingdom
        • Presents simple leadership development practices to raise up homegrown leaders from the harvest for the harvest
        • Introduces us to real-life leaders who exemplify the ideas he presents

Raising Leaders cover
Raising Leaders for the Harvest  -- $15 off
by Robert Logan & Neil Cole

Limited time offer--$15 off--now only $60 
Raising Leaders for the Harvest
introduces the concept of Leadership Farm Systems, an organic process of leadership development which results in natural and spontaneous multiplication of disciples, groups, ministries and churches. You will be guided step-by-step through the development of your own leadership farm system and learn how to:

  • Release ordinary people to make and multiply disciples
  • Maximize learning through life and ministry experience
  • Identify emerging leadership in your church
  • Empower people through mentoring relationships
  • Cultivate character and skills in emerging leaders
  • Accelerate leadership production and mobilization
  • Generate momentum for a church multiplication movement
This resource draws upon the example Jesus set for raising leaders from the harvest for the harvest.  This self-study resource comes as a 3 Ring Binder with six CDs, worksheets and practical tools you can use.

OCM-07 coverOrganic Church Movements Conference 2007 Clearance--while supplies last
CD prices slashed to $5 each  & DVDs to $6.
    Keynote sessions:
  • Why Didn't I Take the Blue Pill? The Dark Side of Organic Church - by Neil Cole
  • Qualities of a Missional Leader - by Reggie McNeal
  • Jesus Made Me Do It- by Alan Hirsch
  • Starfish Organizations: the Unstoppable Power of Decentralized Movements - by Ori Brafman
  • Mobilizing the Other Half of the Army: Women in Leadership Roles - by Felicity Dale
  • Thinking Prophetically and Acting Apostolically - by Wolfgang Simson
>>PLUS 14 workshops on many facets of Organic Church. Buy one session or all of them! (DVDs are only of Keynote Sessions).

To browse for individual recordings click here and browse under header for OC Movements Conf (OCM-07 items)             >>To Browse click HERE

Search&Rescue PoduleSearch & Rescue Learning Podule

Shapevine has partnered with Neil Cole and CMA to produce an online learning course based on Neil's latest book, Search & Rescue.

This Learning Podule will benefit pastors, church leaders, church planters, small groups, and anyone interested in fulfilling the Great Commission. Simply go to , click on ELearning and you will be able to find the Search & Rescue Learning Podule.

Featured Article

Defining "Church" (Webster Has It Wrong)
by Roger Thoman

Church according to Miriam-Webster's online dictionary:

1: a building for public and especially Christian worship
2: the clergy or officialdom of a religious body
3: a body or organization of religious believers: as
a: the whole body of Christians
b: denomination <the Presbyterian church>
c: congregation

4: a public divine worship <goes to church every Sunday>

Webster defines church according to the way this word is used today. I was taught this same definition as a little boy when I would put my hands together and recite the rhyme: "Here is the church, and here is the steeple; open the door and here are all the people."

Jesus, however, introduced the term "church" with a very different meaning in mind. He used a word "ekklesia" that simply described a group or assembly of people. This is the original definition of the word. He described "church" as those people who were following Him-people walking in allegiance to him. People. His followers....