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Issue 53                                            April 14, 2011  

True Leadership Success  

Journeys To SignificanceThe greatest test of a leader's success is not how many people come to your preaching conferences or buy your books. The real test of your leadership is at the end of your life, your final exam. How you end is perhaps the most important part of your life. The apostle Paul took that test and passed it with flying colors. He became an example to Timothy and to us in the way he ended, and that is what the book Journeys To Significance sets out to demonstrate.  


He did not end with a large following of people. At the end of his life many turned away from Paul. More than likely he had been arrested one too many times, so they began to doubt his character. There were also many scoundrels who slandered his good name, and after hearing it so often some actually began to believe it. Other leaders were perhaps more popular or demanded greater audiences, but Paul was faithful, fruitful and finished well.  


The test of his greatness is demonstrated after his eulogy had long passed. The world that he lived in was changed for his having lived in it. What we know and experience today as Christians has his influence all over it. Even this blog post is the influence of his life well lived.  


How many of us can claim greater fruitfulness in our absence than in our presence (see Phil 2:12)? One can even question whether you are a success if it only remains while you are present. All of us need a more long-range view of what success really is. I want my influence to go beyond driving distance to my church and beyond my eulogy. Paul had that kind of success.  


It is not how many buy your books in the first month, but how many are still reading it 70 years later that determines your success as an author. It is not how well your child does in school today, but how well they raise their own children decades later that determines your success as a parent. It is not how many people attend your church today that determines your success as a pastor, but how many other pastors are left to lead the churches that remain when you have gone.  

How does your new book improve leaders' lives?
How does your new book improve leaders' lives?


Jesus saw greater impact postmortem (and post resurrection) than he did during his days walking on the planet. In fact, he even said that his disciples would do greater works than he (John 14:12). Perhaps we are all too enamored with the signs of immediate success to take the time to take the long view.  


The leadership of the previous generation that started all these mega churches is now about to take its greatest test. I wonder how well they will do. The founding leaders are getting older and now thinking about succession. Some are passing the baton to their children but many are not doing so gracefully.  


Will your influence survive your own eulogy?   


Pressing on,


Neil Cole  

Originally posted on his blog




We hope the trainings, resources and the article on Do'in The Stuff by Katie Driver below encourage & challenge you as you are living it out in your part of God's World.


TrainingsUpcoming Trainings- Organic Greenhouse   
Greenhouse Story 1Toronto, Ontario, Canada // Story 1
April 14-15, 2011
@ Tyndale University College & Seminary

with Neil Cole  

Orlando, FL // Story 1 & Story 2 
June 10-12, 2011
@ Northland, A Church Distributed
with Neil Cole, Ross Rohde and more
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Greenhouse Story 2
Florida Greenhouse Site

Cleveland, OH // Story 1  

July 22-23, 2011
with Neil Cole & Ed Waken

Austin, TX // Story 1

August 11-13, 2011
with Neil Cole & Ed Waken
Embedded in the SENT Lab

Others in the works:  Harrisburg, PA; New Orleans; Sydney, Australia

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Other Organic Church Learning Opportunities


Neil Cole will be presenting the following:

Pre Conference: Missional Communities- Organic Missional Communities

Main Session: Thursday 8:30am


1) Journeys To Significance: Learning How To Raise Up and Empower Leaders to Ignite Movements from the Life Of Paul

2) Why Missional Communities: Stories of the Glory & the Gory

3) Building Kingdom Movementum: Releasing the Latent Power of God's Organic Multiplication

4) Intro to Missional Communities- What is a missional community? Cole & Hirsch


South Texas House Church Conference

April 29-30, 2011

With Tony & Felicity Dale

Details HERE 

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 Journeys To SignificanceJourneys To Significance: Charting a Leadership Course from the Life of Paul 
by Neil Cole

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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.
Neil Cole - Big Idea of Journeys To Significance

Neil Cole - Big Idea of Journeys To Significance

Video clips on the book: 

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 
by Dr. David DeVries  

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  

New Edition - just released

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  

New Edition!

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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Do'in The Stuff
by Katie Driver      


One of my favorite sayings is from a man named John Wimber, who began the Vineyard Church movement in the 1980's. He liked to say that; "we're all called to do the stuff."  


The stuff, refers to the things that Jesus did like heal the sick, cast out demons, make disciples, multiply resources, raise the dead, hear clearly from the Father, calm the storms, bring the truth in word and action, all of which was ultimately bringing the Good News that it was the time of God's favor. Not only are we commissioned to do the stuff, but according to the Lord in John 14:12; "I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father." Greater Things


Greater things than Jesus? I've heard people teach that Jesus meant a collective anyone and he, and this passage refers to the whole Church rather than individuals. To me it is clear in the passage that Jesus is giving a statement about each person (anyone) having an opportunity to do even greater works cumulatively through their lifetime, (since Jesus really only ministered for about three years), and that they would be doing the very same kinds of things that He did.  


I think many people skip this passage, or take the corporate interpretation of it because they can't imagine a life of experiences that would include doing the things Jesus did, let alone greater things throughout the course of their lifetime! But that's what Jesus said.  


The issue is if you believe it.  


If you do believe it...

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