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Issue 52                                            March 28, 2011  

Journeys To Significance 

Journeys To SignificanceJourneys is a very personal book for me. I have been living with the concepts in it for over 16 years now. It has literally taken more than a decade and a half of experience and study, as well as reading the book of Acts over 100 times, to feel right about publishing these thoughts. Hopefully all the seasoning and maturing of the concepts in this book are evident. I wanted to write a book that could benefit leaders that truly desire to follow Jesus and grow in life so that their end is stronger than their start.


Because of this investment of my life, I feel very connected to this book. Here are a few reasons why the book is valuable:  


1. It provides a clear Biblical framework for apostolic movements using the book of Acts. There is some debate whether or not organic church results in movements. Some say movements are not a biblical idea. This book will answer some of that question with clear demonstration from the New Testament. It will be hard to argue with the idea that the NT church spread virally and became a movement in a short time. This book not only demonstrates that but provides insightful applications for how and why.  


2. It provides a path that Christian leaders must follow to grow in significance and finish well, no matter what kind of leader you are or what kind of church you serve. Building upon the life-long research of a great scholar, Dr. J. Robert Clinton, you will see phases of leadership development that are consistent with most of our paths. You will also see what kind of processes we all must face to become the kind of leader God can use in significant ways. In a real sense, this book puts flesh and blood on Clinton's research and demonstrates clearly what a leader who finishes well must face. I was so grateful when Dr. Clinton gave me a positive endorsement. He said of the book: "The strengths of this work, apart from the good overview of Paul's life and ministry, are the post chapter sections dealing with lessons-first observations from Paul's life and then often valuable personal lessons from the author's life. Neil gives the best interpretation of Paul's progress of ministry breakthrough insights that I have seen."  


3. It provides potential solutions to questions in Acts that have not been satisfactorily answered in the past. This book will surprise you with observations that have not been given in other literature. Not all the solutions are dogmatic, but this book honestly deals with tough questions that typically are avoided. I have attempted to supply solutions that make some sense and add to the compelling narrative of Dr. Luke's book.  


4. It shows that a mature leader can do less activity but accomplishes greater impact by investing in and empowering others and then releasing them into the work. You will be able to follow Paul's own learning curve and see how he discovered ways to reach people much more extensively and with more lasting results. His lessons become ours, as we follow Paul the way he follows Christ.  


The Most Challenging Concept in Journeys
The Most Challenging Concept in Journeys

5. It makes Paul a real human leader that we can actually follow. Rather than a sinless-superhero that we cannot relate to, he becomes a person with the same kind of tests and temptations we all face and he can actually provide an example for us to follow. You do not have to be an apostle or a theologian to learn from Paul's example. Anyone who follows Christ will be able to learn from Paul's life played out so dramatically in the New Testament.  


I do hope you like it.  


Pressing on,


Neil Cole  

Originally posted on his blog




We hope the trainings, resources and the article on Nomad: A church without a home below encourage & challenge you as you are living it out in your part of God's World.


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 Journeys To SignificanceJourneys To Significance: Charting a Leadership Course from the Life of Paul 
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Using the four journeys of Paul (not stopping with the traditional "three" missionary journeys), Cole shows how Paul's leadership developed over the course of his life to get better and better with time and maturity.
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Neil Cole - Big Idea of Journeys To Significance

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Neil Cole - What makes Journeys To Significance unique?
Neil Cole - What makes Journeys To Significance unique?

6 Word LessonsSix Word Lessons to Discover Missional Living: 100 Lessons to Align Every Believer with the Mission of Jesus 
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100 simple to understand six-word lessons on living missionally. Get lots of great nuggets like: 
Love God. Love People. Make Disciples  

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TruthQuestTruthQuest: The Search for Spiritual Understanding- Participants Notebook 
by Neil Cole  

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TruthQuest is not merely a workbook to study theology. Rather, TruthQuest is a discovery system designed to equip leaders to continue the journey of learning for the rest of their life.
TruthQuest Fac. GuideTruthQuest: The Search for Spiritual Understanding- Facilitator's Guide
by Neil Cole  

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The Facilitator's Guide has everything needed within it it to lead the TruthQuest learning community discussions throughout the year of learning. It includes the Brain Bruiser Questions in each section to keep discussion lively and to probe deeper into the implications of truth. This simple tool makes it easy to lead 4-8 students through a year of theological training. 

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Nomad- A Church Without a Home?
by John Huddle     


"Luke 10:2 He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves."  


It is difficult to say when churches begin, but one was born in a Chevy Suburban at 4:47 PM on a Friday in Los Angeles.    


I drove. Terrence rode shotgun. I had known Terrence for four weeks. I taught college classes and planted churches, and he is a college student from Philadelphia. His mother is back in Philly, and she's homeless; and at this moment in the story, he was homeless, too.  


We borrowed a suburban to pick up people for an organic church happening in an apartment in central Los Angeles. While we drove to Trader Joe's to pick up food for the gathering, Terrence talked.  


Terrence talked. A lot.  


That's a big deal. I knew some of his story, but it always came in pieces. As we drove down Manchester Avenue...

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