Tools & Trainings E-NewsletterIssue 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
- Neil Cole from his just released book Church 3.0
What is Church 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0? Excerpt here
|Upcoming Trainings- Organic Greenhouse |
Chicago, IL // Story 1 & 2
Online Registration Ends Feb 14
San Luis Obispo, CA // Story 1
Early-Bird Deadline Feb 12Other Organic Church Learning Opportunities
Austin, TX // Story 1
Finland // Story 1 Experiential
March 19-21 in Lahti
March 22-25 Helsinki
March 26-28 Tampere Nokia
Orlando, FL // Story 1
Click HERE for more Details and to Register
Trainings in the planning stages:
Long Beach, CA // Story 1
Twin Cities, Minnesota // Story 1
Detroit, MI // Story 1
Canada, Kenya, Germany, Norway
Verge: Missional Community Conference
February 4-6, 2010
Neil Cole, David Garrison, David Watson, Dave Gibbons and more
Organic Church Conversation with Neil Cole
CMA Conference 2010
We'll be doing a "Gathering in Globe, AZ"
A woodstock-esque festival- retreat, reconnect, refresh
April 9-11, 2010
Stay tuned for details
|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...