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Issue 37                                             February 2, 2009
It is a Wonderful Time to be Alive
I am not a futurist. I am no prophet. This world has changed in dramatic fashion, right out from under us. God has already called a few brave people to lead the way with the church upgrades of the future. In this book (Church 3.0), I list many shifts that must take place for the future of the church because I have seen them already at work. As a habit, I do not write a book until I have experienced what it is I am writing about. Having traveled all over the world, training national leaders on the ground doing the work, I must tell you that these upgrades are already put in place by the Lord for a time such as this. Read this book, not as some guy's wild vision for what could potentially happen, but as a report of what is already taking place. For me, the question is not " Will this happen?" but " Will you and your church be a part of what God is up to in these incredible times? "

All this to say that there is something happening, and it is a shift of global proportions. In the last couple of years, Time magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Tribune have published articles on the rising movement. A Japanese newspaper (with a circulation of 2.5 million) and the Wall Street Journal recently interviewed me about our movement. Each journalistic piece examined the large numbers of people leaving the old ways of doing church (Church 2.0) for new, more relational and viral churches less dependent on clergy and programs. Something is going on. We are at the start of a new movement...

...Throughout history we have seen glimpses of revival and awakening in specific regions and nations. We have seen God's people arise with renewal and a rebirth of the church, but it has always been localized. Today we are seeing something new that has not occurred since the first century. I travel around the world and meet people of many races, nationalities, and cultures, and I see something that is changing all at once and everywhere in God's kingdom. On a global scale, God is speaking simultaneously to His people and calling them to a new and fresh expression of His kingdom here on earth. It is a wonderful time to be alive.
In all of human history, there was no time that saw the kingdom of God spread as rapidly and as globally as the first century. Every Christian longs for the experience of kingdom life as described in the book of Acts. I am suggesting that we now live in a new century that has equal, if not more, opportunity for the spread of the kingdom. These are dark days, and darkness is when the light shines brightest. We must make changes ourselves if that light is to shine in this world.
We must realize that the church of the past is not equipped for the opportunities of the future. We must shift in our systemic core so that we can take advantage of the global opportunities we face. We must upgrade the church for this new age. It is time for Church 3.0 to rise and spread.

- Neil Cole from his just released book Church 3.0

What is Church 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0? Excerpt here
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Other Organic Church Learning Opportunities

Verge: Missional Community Conference
February 4-6, 2010
Austin, TX
Neil Cole, David Garrison, David Watson, Dave Gibbons and more

Lunch in Chicago with Neil Cole

Organic Church Conversation with Neil Cole
February 18th
Chicago Area

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CMA Conference 2010

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April 9-11, 2010
Globe, Arizona
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Featured Resources

Church 3.0Church 3.0: Upgrades for the Future of the Church
By Neil Cole
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In this next-step book, he answers questions about how to deal with theological and organizational issues that come up. He talks about issues such has what to do with finances, children, heresy, leader training, and rituals and ordinances.

Search & RescueSearch & Rescue: Becoming a Disciple that Makes A Difference
by Neil Cole

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Featured Article

Long Live the Organic Church! The Sustainability and Longevity of Organic Church Movements
by Neil Cole

My wife is very health conscious. She likes to buy groceries at places that sell organic food. I found out that organic groceries go bad quicker than those that contain artificial preservatives. Is that true for all things organic, even churches? Will our movement eventually die? Is there an expiration date for organic church?

Mark Galli wrote an article in Christianity Today called "Long Live Organic Church!" In it he is flattering of some of the organic church movement leaders like Alan Hirsch, Frank Viola and myself, but he expresses concern for our wellbeing. Fear that the bitter disappointment of seeing the inevitable failure of our movement may cause us to become bitter and fall out of service is implied in the article. While I appreciate his kind words, I must say the article came across rather depressing, fatalistic and perhaps even a tad bit patronizing. I trust he didn't mean it that way.

The concerns he expresses are not just valid; they are haunting realizations I have lived with for over a decade. Sustainability, longevity, the threat of institutionalization are all subjects I have thought about considerably. On the other hand, holding unreal expectations and the disillusionment that can result has not ever been a concern of mine...

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