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Issue 31                                            September 11, 2009
As Oswald Sanders said, " A great deal more failure is the result of an excess of caution than of bold experimentation with new ideas.  The frontiers of the Kingdom of God were never advanced by men and women of caution." We say, just give it a go.  At the hear of pioneering mission is a willingness to take risks.  If it doesn't work, you've just found another way not to do it, and everyone involved will have learned new skills along the way. 

Organic systems have trial and error built within their very nature.  Bearing in mind that every context is different, there cannot be a one-size-fits-all approach, so experimentation is an essential practice if we want to find new ways to implant the Gospel.

from  The Forgotten Ways Handbook by Alan Hirsch with Darren Altclass, page 119
Upcoming Trainings- Organic Greenhouse

Greenhouse Story 1Atlanta, GA // Story 1
October 9-11
@ Dunwoody Baptist Church
Details and registration here
Detroit, MI // Story 1
October 23-25
Greenhouse Story 2

>>More details and to register HERE

Trainings in the planning stages for 2009/10:
Long Beach, CA // Story 1
Twin Cities, Minnesota // Story 1
Chicago, IL // Story 1 & 2
Westwood, CA (UCLA) // Story 1

Other Organic Church Learning Opportunities

Live Sent'09 --The unconference formerly known as Blossom
September 17-18
Lakeland, FL
Alan Hirsch, Neil Cole and more...
Details Here

Featured Resources

Organic LeadershipOrganic Leadership: Leading Naturally Right Where You Are
By Neil Cole

"It is my belief that the kingdom of God is relational, spiritual, and natural-without all the artificial stuff we tend to use to prop up our ministries today. It is not necessary for people to work as professionals in the church to make it happen. When church and her leadership are natural and organic, they reproduce spontaneously and movements will result."  --Neil Cole

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Starfish & Spider PaperbackThe Starfish and the Spider: The unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations--Paperback Edition
By Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom

This new cheaper paperback edition mentions Neil Cole and Church Multiplication Associates in the Epilogue!  If you've been waiting to get it because the hardback was more than $'s time to get it!   It has some keen insights for the organic church movement!
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Organic ChurchOrganic Church: Growing Faith Where Life Happens
by Neil Cole

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Featured Article

What is a Real Hero in God's Kingdom?  
by Neil Cole

On the morning of January 2, 2007, Wesley Autrey did not wake up thinking of himself as a hero. He doesn't wear spandex under his clothes and have a red S on his chest. The people he spoke to that morning did not think him an extraordinary man. Perhaps the only ones who did think he was larger than life were his two daughters, four-year-old Syshe and six-year-old Shuqui-most little girls think their dad is a hero. Soon, however, much of the Western world would know that Wesley Autrey had done something heroic.

Just before 1 p.m. that day, this fifty-year-old construction worker and his daughters were waiting for the downtown local subway at 137th Street and Broadway when Cameron Hollopeter fell into a convulsion and collapsed on the tracks just as an incoming train appeared. Wesley Autrey with Syshe and Shuqui. Wesley was not thinking about heroic things at that moment. Instead he remembers thinking, Someone should help that guy. His next thought was, I should help that guy.

Without a whole lot more thinking, he took action...