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Issue 50                                            February 7, 2011
Caught on ABC News

Some from our movement have been caught by major media outlets living out their faith.  One such episode was caught and reported on ABC News.  One of our own Greenhouse Trainers, and his  church was videotaped, interviewed and featured...

"A group of friends gathered in cozy living room on a Friday night -- it may have looked like a social gathering, but it was actually a church service. For the last year and a half, Robert Sheridan, his wife and son have hosted church services in their modest home in the Bronx. They are among a growing number of families who choose to worship outside a typical brick and mortar church. Sheridan said he began attending this type of "home church" a few years ago when he was exploring alternatives to traditional churches. "After awhile, it seems natural and the right thing to do to host myself," he said. 

Jared Looney, the leader of the church that meets in Sheridan's home, is also involved with a network of like-minded home churches in New York City and New Jersey. Like Sheridan, he is raising his young child -- 5-year-old Adalia -- to worship God in a much smaller, more intimate setting."When you're meeting in a small community like this ... it really allows you, in a way it nudges you, towards focusing on the basics of the Christian faith," he said, " because there's really not a lot extra."   

>>Check out the rest of the interview and a video clip



We hope the trainings, resources and articles below encourage & challenge you as you are living it out in your part of God's World.

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


Army of Ordinary People - 1st EditionArmy of Ordinary People: 1st Edition - Clearance Sale
By Felicity Dale
This important book with inspirational stories from real-life people is like Chicken Soup for the Organic Church soul.  The content is still great...and a price you can't beat!  Only $5.99

>> For more Info or to Order

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

Free Resources

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

New Videos posted:

  1. What Causes Growth? - Less than a minute clip by Neil Cole
  2. Strategy vs. Structure by David Watson
  3. Ten2B Virus by Neil Cole with German Translation  & David Schaffer
  4. Following Jesus - Francis Chan
  5. What is a Missional Community? by Felicity Dale
  6. Intro to Communitas by Alan Hirsch

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ARTICLEFeatured Article

Movements That Move: Root Principles and a Study from Asia
by Dwight Marable & Missions International


"The Christian faith spread to the early generations of believers through viral movements. There was limited organization and structure in the pre-Constantine church, although the church fathers did have bishops over cities and regions. By the best estimates, there were 20,000 disciples of Christ at 100AD. By 300AD this number had exploded to 20 million. The Christian faith had been embraced by about one third of the Roman Empire when Constantine stopped the Diocletianic persecution and placed Christians under the umbrella of the state protection (control). How could this phenomenal growth happen without the infrastructure of church buildings, seminaries, and denominations to ensure that doctrinal positions were secured and tithing ChriMovements That Movestians in place to fund missional initiatives?


Movements That Move, as in the early church, movements, by definition, can be chaotic and disorganized, as they are driven along relational networks and not by highly orchestrated efforts led by command and control organizations. Over a half century ago, Dr. Donald McGavran's research, articulated in "The Bridges of God (1954) revealed that 'people movements' c ould have a holistic impact on communities, cultures and nations. Furthermore, they were not driven by the Western individualistic worldview, but rather by a community worldview in which 'men of peace' were key players. McGavran disrupted the dominant missionary strategy of the 19th and early 20th century, the 'mission station approach', with his insights into cultural highways that the Gospel could race along, thereby producing mass conversions to the Christian faith. It is interesting to note that during the decades that McGavran wrote his books and established the Fuller School of World Missions, Mao took over China and proclaimed that 'Christianity would eventually only be found in museums'. 


RootsHowever, the Holy Spirit had different plans for China. The church in China exploded from 3 million Christians in 1949 to current estimates of between 80-120 million disciples of Chris. It is well known that this historical event has occurred without the institutional structures of Christendom. One might conclude from a comparison between the Chinese church of today and the early church, that the institutional model of doing Christianity is a hindrance, rather than a support to the fulfillment of Christ's clear mandate to the generations. In fact, the institutional model of doing church formulated in the fourth century spawned over a millennium of politicized infighting over position and power, the values that Jesus Christ said he came to remove from the religious scene of his day....


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