CMA LogoTools & Trainings E-Newsletter
Issue 27                                            May 29, 2009
Here's a quote from someone who got a dollar named after them that might stir you soul:

Cautious, careful people always casting about to preserve their reputation or social standards never can bring about reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation...and bear the consequences.
-Susan B. Anthony

Here's a quote from the King of the Universe that speaks toward the same risk:

"If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?" 
- Jesus ( in Mark 8:34-36 NIV)
Upcoming Trainings- Organic Greenhouse

Greenhouse Story 1Dayton, OH //  Story 1
August 21-22
@ Apex Community

Atlanta, GA // Story 1
October 9-11
@ Dunwoody Baptist Church

Greenhouse Story 2

Trainings in the planning stages for 2009:
Detroit, Michigan // Story 1
Alberta, Canada
// Story 1
Chicago, IL // Story 1 & 2
San Diego, CA
  //  Story 1
Westwood, CA (UCLA) // Story 1


Other Organic Church Learning Opportunities

Living the Mission ConferenceLiving the Mission Conference:  The Journey of Simple Organic Church

June 17-20, 2009
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
Coordinated by Katie Driver
Neil Cole, Ed Waken, Tony & Felicity Dale, John White & Katie Driver presenting
For more details & to register here

Student CPX
Student Church Planting Experience
July 19-31, 2009
Lawrence, Kansas
More info HERE-

CMA Logo2010 CMA Conference

January 28-30, 2010
> Save The Date
@ The Grand

Long Beach, California
Featured Resources

The Rabbit & The Elephant: Why Small is the New Big for Today's Church
Rabbit & ElephantBy Tony & Felicity Dale, George Barna

Micro church planters Tony and Felicity Dale use the "rabbit" illustration to show the pace at which the Christian faith can (and should) be growing-through evangelism that is explosive and transformational.

To Be Released June 1     Pre-order Now                                         >> Check it out HERE

The Forgotten Ways Handbook: A Practical Guide for Developing Missional Churches

The Forgotten Ways Handbookby Alan Hirsch with Darren Altclass

FYI, We are hearing about Greenhouse Regional Gatherings around the country using this resource for their learning together.  We've got it cheaper than Amazon!

The practical guide for developing missional churches implementing the principles from the best-sellerThe Forgotten Ways. This is actually advancing the concepts and bringing them down into the place where they can truly ignite change.

Special SALE Items

ReJesusReJesus: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church
by Michael Frost & Alan Hirsch

Endorsement by Leonard Sweet: "ReJesus will rock your world--and cause you to reJesus your life, reJesus your church, and reJesus your Bible."
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Shaping of Things to ComeThe Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21st Century
by Michael Frost & Alan Hirsch

A huge seller that explores why the Church needs to recalibrate itself, rebuilding itself from the roots up... 
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Jim & Casper Jim & Casper Go To Church: Frank Conversation about Faith, Churches, and Well-Meaning Christians
by Jim Henderson & Matt Casper

An atheist goes to churches around the USA and this book records his observations...  Save $3.50  >>  Order Now

House That Change The WorldHouses That Change World: The Return of House Churches
by Wolfgang Simson

The primer on simple/house church...

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Featured Article

The Life Transformation Groups System
by Neil Cole

This may seem like old hat, but we've never had a good write up on Life Transformation Groups on our site.  Neil gave permission to post this excerpt from chapter eight of Cultivating a Life For God.  By the way, CMA Resources is now the exclusive seller of this influential resource.  Maybe you don't need the review (and maybe you do), but now it's here to pass on to others!

The Life Transformation Group (LTG) system is a grassroots tool for growth. Through this simple system, the most essential elements of vital spiritual ministry are released to common Christians without the need for specialized training. It taps the disciple's internal motivation and provides the support needed to grow in the essentials of a spiritual life. The LTG empowers the common Christian to do the uncommon work of reproductive disciple making.

A Life Transformation Group is made up of two to three people, all of the same gender, who meet weekly for personal accountability in the areas of their spiritual growth and development. A group should not grow beyond three but multiply into two groups of two rather than a single group of four. If a fourth person is added to the group, it is recommended that the group consider itself "pregnant" and ready to give birth to a second group. After the fourth person has demonstrated sufficient faithfulness to the group for two to three weeks, the group should multiply into two groups of two...