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Issue 49                                            January 24, 2011
The Mission of God

The church is not sent on a mission by God, rather God is on a mission and the church is called to join him. This is an important distinction, as much of what the church is about is trying to do stuff for God instead of letting Him do stuff through us. The mission is not the church's-it is the Missio Dei, or "mission of God" that we are called to be part of. 

From Genesis to Revelation, God is seen clearly on a pursuit to redeem humankind from the bondage of sin and death. The pursuit of this mission must take us beyond the walls of our church buildings out into the places where people live and work. 

Missional activist Alan Hirsch says, "A missional theology is not content with mission being a church-based work. Rather, it applies to the whole of life of every believer. Every disciple is to be an agent of the kingdom of God, and every disciple is to carry the mission of God into every sphere of life. We are all missionaries sent into a non-Christian culture." 

by Neil Cole

(excerpt from What is a missional community? )


We hope the trainings, resources and articles below encourage & challenge you as a "sent one" from God!

TrainingsUpcoming Trainings- Organic Greenhouse
Greenhouse Story 1Singapore // Story 1
March 4-6, 2011
with Neil Cole
Details online 
Brochure for Registration

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN // Story 1
March 18-20, 2011
with Neil Cole, Katie Driver and friends
Register Now - Early Bird Rate Ends Jan 31!

Austin, TX // Story 1
August 11-13, 2011
with Neil Cole & Ed Waken
Running concurrently with the SENT LAB by the SENT Collective
Details coming soon.

Click HERE for more Details and to Register


Other Organic Church Learning Opportunities

Beginning in 2010, Shapevine will be launching one of the most unique training opportunities yet. The Missional Quest series is a cohort based learning journey that will give you the opportunity to join in a small group of like-minded sojourners with Deb Hirsch, Alan Hirsch, Dan Kimball, Neil Cole, and others. More...
YouTube Video Intro
Neil Cole teaching the mQuest - Kansas City Site
New Date:  March 23, 2011

HeroFeatured Resources


Ordinary HeroOrdinary Hero: Becoming a Disciple Who Makes a Difference 
by Neil Cole
 New Paperback Edition - just released

In Ordinary Hero, Cole takes the lessons learned from being a life guard and applies them to our mission of rescuing people from darkness and leading them into the kingdom of God. 


Right Here, Right NowRight Here, Right Now: Everyday Mission for Everyday People 
by Lance Ford & Alan Hirsch
Brand New Release!

"In this inspiring yet practical book, Alan Hirsch and Lance Ford equip believers to live missionally regardless of situation, vocation, or location, making the concept of being missional accessible to the whole body of Christ


Journeys To SignificanceJourneys To Significance: Charting a Leadership Course from the Life of Paul
By Neil Cole
A fresh, powerful, biblically based model of leadership development springing from the life of the Apostle Paul.

To be released Spring 2011.  Even though this book is still in the publication process, but we are taking pre-orders now!

>> For more Info or to Order

For the whole list of resources on Sale >> click HERE

Free Resources

New Audio files posted:

Also there are a host of audio files for you to listen to or download >> HERE or on iTunes

New Videos posted:

  1. What is a Missional Community? by Felicity Dale
  2. The DNA of Gospel Movements with Q&A by Alan Hirsch
  3. Church Planting Movements - The Ground-breaking Video from the SBC
  4. Following Jesus - Francis Chan
  5. ReThink Church from the United Methodists
  6. Resources to Reach the Ends of the Earth by Neil Cole

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ARTICLEFeatured Article

Matches & Movements: What Kind of Revival Do You Want?
by Erik Fish


"Josiah sits with a group of us on campus and hears how Jesus calls us to follow Him and be baptized. He confesses Jesus as Lord, we fill up the bathtub, and his friends baptize him. One day, we all take communion together with some fifty-cent, day-old Jimmy John's bread and some soda pop (we couldn't find any juice). Josiah hears, "Now that we have taught you to remember Jesus this way, you now have permission to do this ceremony with others who need Jesus."


Later that week, Josiah goes into the cafeteria, gets some bread and juice and sits with some friends and teaches them to take communion. Yeah, it's not your conventional church tradition. But it is an unconventional gospel going forth with power to change lives.


Joe walks in to the group of students one day. He had read the Bible a few times as a kid, but really doesn't have a church background. Students share stories of encounters they'd had with the Holy Spirit. Joe asks, "Can I feel God's presence, too?" Bear comes over and begins to pray for him, asking God's Spirit to touch Joe...


Read the rest HERE>>>

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