Tools & Trainings E-NewsletterIssue 59 August 16, 2011
Being Spiritually Fruitful
Let's go back to the basics of being spiritually fruitful. Jesus was quite clear about what that entailed and it had little to do with techniques and programs. He talked about what the fruitful life looked like in Jn. 15: 1-17, but the heart of the matter was in Jn. 15:5:
I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
Fruit doesn't come from clever techniques; it comes from a deep connectedness (abiding) in Jesus. That involves listening to him and obeying what he says, because he is Lord and we are not. That's the basics, the foundation. You or I cannot build a fruitful ministry on any other foundation. If we don't start there, we can't go any further; or as Jesus puts it "apart from Me you can do nothing.
By Ross Rohde
Originally posted here
We hope these words along with the trainings, resources and the articles below encourage & challenge you as you are living it out in your part of God's World.
|Upcoming Trainings- Organic Greenhouse
New Orleans, LA // Story 1
October 22-23, 2011
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
with Neil Cole & Ed Waken
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|Featured Resources |Small is Big: Unleashing the Big Impact of Intentionally Small Churches
Letters to the House Church Movement: Real Letters. Real People. Real Issues.
By Rad Zdero
This book is a collection of real letters to real people facing real issues. This 10-year collection of over 40 real-life letters will challenge, persuade, and encourage. They address theological issues and practical problems. They were sent to friends, acquaintances, strangers, radicals, and critics. This book will not just satisfy your curiosity about today's house church movement, but it will propel you forward!
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By Tony & Felicity Dale, George Barna
Small Is Big offers keys to 21st-century evangelism: leveraging the power of the small-and taking the gospel to where the people are and the pain is. And as God uses us to channel Jesus' love into a hurting, desperate world, we'll see his church grow beyond anything we could have imagined.
>>Read an Excerpt Here
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Journeys To Significance: Charting a Leadership Course from the Life of Paul
by Neil Cole
"Neil gives the best interpretation of Paul's progress of ministry breakthrough insights that I have seen.... This interpretive biography of Paul is a valuable resource for a leader who wants to pursue the Leadership mandate (Hebrews 13:7,8) and learn from Paul's examples." -Dr. J. Robert Clinton
The Blueprint: A Revolutionary Plan to Plant Missional Communities on Campus
By Jaeson Ma
This catalytic book has help spawn hundreds of churches on college campuses around the world. Students are already being set on fire for God, planting missional communities, praying fervently and stepping out in faith to see God move in power to reach the lost. Get a copy for cheap -- only $5!
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|New Free Articles & Videos |
Lessons from the Shirtless Guy (and why it makes me think of Neil Cole) by Ed Stetzer
The hardest person to connect with in a church ministry or a church plant is the first one. This video makes that point (and many others)....
The Book of Acts in 3 Minutes | Video
A humorous overview video of the whole book of Acts--in only 3 minutes!...
Moving from Church from "What" to a "Who" with Reggie McNeal & DJ Chuang
The Leader's Priority: ReTooling Leadership 3 by Ed Waken
As we follow Jesus' leadership style, we notice something very interesting. Jesus spends most of His time, energy and resources on the few, not wi...
Jesus' Example: ReTooling Leadership 2 by Ed Waken
As we continue this discussion on leadership, we find some striking differences in how many churches are led today as opposed to what Jesus clearly ...
Who Is In Charge?: ReTooling Leadership 1 by Ed Waken
If the church is going to expand and multiply on an ongoing basis, there are some issues that must be faced, admitted to, repented from and transfor...
Dispelling a Church Planting Myth by Ross Rohde
It is becoming more and more common for people to start organic churches. This is very encouraging....
The DNA of a Church Planting Movement by Rich Hagler
Over the past 20 years, I've been reading startling accounts of God initiating Church Planting Movements...
The Lessons Learned in the Fields
by Neil Cole
Recently I was asked to describe what I would do differently if I were to start church planting again. Here was my response.
If I were to start over knowing what I know now, what would I do differently?
1. Begin in the Harvest and Start Small.
Don't start with a team of already saved Christians. We think that having a bigger and better team will accelerate the work, and it doesn't. In fact, it has the opposite effect. It is better to have a team of two, and the right two makes the work even better: and apostle and prophet together will lay the foundation of a movement. The churches birthed out of transformed lives are healthier, reproductive and growing faster. It is about this- a life changed, not about the model. Never forget that!
2. Allow God to Build Around Others
Don't start in your own home...
...>>Read the other 5 points here