As I see it, there are two kinds of simplicity: one that ignores complexity and the other that understands complexity. The former you might call “Black & White Church”. The latter you might call “Grey Church”. I want to be a Grey Church.
Read Part 1 and Part 2 of Two Kinds of Simple Church.
Grow Churches, instead of establishing new churches
Establish a “Come To” environment, instead of a “Go To” environment.
Teach stuff, instead of obedience to all the commands of Christ.
Make converts, not disciples.
Read the whole article by David Garrison
This is the practical follow up to all of Viola’s other books. It’s also a stand alone book exploring the subject of organic church planting in great detail. Here’s an early review: The author of “Pagan Christianity?” (with George Barna), “Reimagining Church,” and the bestselling “From Eternity to Here” has written a detailed manual on how to start and sustain an organic church. Everything from what to do with the children, to the developmental stages of church growth, to the diseases of an organic church and their cures are all covered in this comprehensive volume. Church planting principles for organic styled churches are packed together with the author’s practical experience of living in and starting such churches. Each chapter is full of advice, outlining the unique problems that such churches will face and their solutions. Church planters of all types will benefit from this book as well as those wishing to explore an alternative way of church gathering. — Christian Book Reviews, 2009
The Organic Leadership conference is Feb 19-21. Speakers include Neil Cole, Reggie McNeal, and Dave Gibbons. Cole and McNeal have some exciting new books coming out in early February:
Neil Cole: Organic Leadership : free excerpt
Reggie McNeal: Missional Renaissance
Let us know if you go!