Tools & Trainings E-NewsletterIssue 62 October 11, 2011
Our Logo's Symbolism Explained
CMA is not about image. We are "anti-slick" as Ed Stetzer once called us. But I do want to say a little something about our logo. Why? Because symbols are important things in a movement. Whether it is a flag with stars and stripes, a single fist in the air, a stenciled image of a revolutionary on a wall or T-shirt, or even a swastika-a symbol can convey more than an idea or identity, it can provoke an emotive response.
For 13 years our logo has been on our resources but I've never taken a moment to explain its symbolism, this is that moment. I designed it years ago and just moved on. It has been with us this whole time and come to represent our movement, but I have not been sure everyone understood its complete symbolism.
The X is a symbol for multiplication (duh, okay you probably got that). In the negative space are dark arrows coming in. They fall into the background and form a cross and then produce arrows of light going out to the four corners (of the earth). The logo symbolizes transformation and multiplication by the power of the gospel and then going out on mission to the ends of the earth. It says a lot in such a simple image doesn't it?
We adjust our logo a little when we are addressing our training which we call Greenhouse. The bottom dark arrow becomes a house, a green house. It reminds me of Monopoly (we're not always playing games...but often are). Most of our organic churches meet in homes and Greenhouse is the name of our organic church training. If a life doesn't change at home it will never change the world. One of our sayings is: personal transformation precedes community transformation. It all comes together in a a symbolic image. We lightened the darks to accentuate the green house image.
I was trained as an artist and appreciate the simplicity and yet boldness of our logo. Many logos are bound to a time because of the style of the time in which it was created. I wanted a logo that would transcend the immediate and be relevant for a long time to come. Black and white are not only bold and representative of light and darkness, but always are relevant, whereas color choices often reflect a style that may go out as quickly as it came in (remember Miami Vice?).
This logo symbolizes well the values of our movement-changed lives and homes multiplied to the ends of the earth by the power of Christ's atoning work on the cross. It is simple, bold and clean. Hopefully, now you will always see the symbolism when you see this logo and remember what our movement is all about.
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We hope these words along with the trainings, resources and the articles below encourage & challenge you as you are sowing seeds and showing Jesus 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
Milwaukee, WI // Story 1
with Neil Cole & Katie Driver
Registration coming soon!
Others in the works: Harrisburg, PA; Houston, TX; Boise, ID; Sydney, Australia; Los Angeles
Other Organic Church Learning Opportunities Click HERE for more Details and to Register
CHURCH TRANSFUSION in SINGAPORE
Maximising existing churches' disciple-making and multiplication potential.
- Discussion on How established churches can be transfused with fresh life and reproductive DNA.
- Network and share with other pastors and leaders who are on the same journey.
- Trainers: Neil Cole and Phil Helfer
28 October, Friday from 9am to 1pm
Details and to Register
|Featured Resources |
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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The Forgotten Ways Handbook
by Alan Hirsch with Darren Altclass
The Forgotten Ways Handbook now moves beyond theory to practice, offering ways for any missionally minded person to apply the ideas contained in The Forgotten Ways to their life and ministry.
The Blueprint: A Revolutionary Plan to Plant Missional Communities on Campus
Grupos Que Transforman Vida
by Neil Cole
This booklet, translated in Spanish, is based upon several chapters take from Neil Cole's book, Cultivating a Life for God and the Life Transformation Group System (LTGs).
The Shaping of Things To Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21st Century
By Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch
This important book explores why the Church needs to recalibrate itself, rebuilding itself from the roots up. Frost and Hirsch build their case around real-life stories gathered from innovative missional projects from the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Canada and England.
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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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Upward, Outward, Inward: Passing on the Baton of Discipleship
by Mitsuo Fukuda
New English Translation!
"This book by my friend Mitsuo Fukuda will surprise you - and, I promise, change some of your perceptions for good..." - Wolfgang Simson
"Upward, Outward, Inward describes an intensely biblical pattern of growth that mirrors our Lord's Great Commandment and Great Commission. Brother Mitsuo offers wise insights into how God desires to use spiritual disciplines in our lives to bring about kingdom growth and multiplication in the world today." - Dr. David Garrison
TruthQuest: The Facilitator's Guide | Updated Version By Neil Cole
This updated resource contains all you need to facilitate a TruthQuest learning community. TruthQuest is a system for training emerging leaders in systematic theology and to reproduce that learning amongst their disciples!
Mentoring 2 Multiply (M2M) - Mentoring Guides
Mentoring Guide Forms are a tool to be used by a leader or mentor to take notes on during a mentoring appointment with an apprentice. A key recording tool for the growth & multiplication of leaders, that is: Mentoring 2 Multiply - M2M.
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So How Many Churches Did the Apostle Paul Start?
by Neil Cole
Some have said that Paul only started 14 churches in his lifetime. If so that is a remarkable thing, but I tend to think there are more than 14.
I would assume that there are some churches started that were not necessarily mentioned as churches in the New Testament. For instance there is no mention of a church started in Athens, but there are households that began to follow Christ there, so we can assume that a church was born there. In Philippi there were two households that surrendered to the gospel (Lydia's and the Jailer's), so there could be two organic churches there. Some say that there is just one church in Philippi because Paul wrote a letter to them, but it is actually to the saints in Christ who are in Philippi. He wrote a letter to the churches of Galatia, how many of them is not mentioned. So numbering the churches Paul started is a challenge.
While he only started the Ephesian church in Asia, this one in turn started so many others that every person...
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