Neil Cole is the founder and executive director of Church Multiplication
Associates, an organization that has helped catalyze the start of more
than a thousand churches around the world. He is seen by many to be one
of the key founders of what is known as the organic or simple-church
movement. Cole is the author or coauthor of several books, including Organic Church, Search & Rescue, and Cultivating a Life for God. He lives in Long Beach, California. Neil dropped by COMMUNITY’s Yellow Box to talk about planting seeds, planting churches, making disciples and becoming movement makers. The following are some of the highlights of our time with Neil Cole:
- Begin by asking “What does the Bible say about church planting?”
- We make the mistake of trying to plant churches instead of planting “seeds”.
- Don’t plant churches, plant Jesus.
- If we go about making disciples then churches will be planted.
- Must reproduce disciples, leaders, churches and then a movement and it must be in that order.
- We have churches that are productive, but not reproductive.
- Every follower of Jesus has the DNA of a movement within them.
- Baptism is the first action of a Christ follower; stop baptizing and we weaken the imprint of Jesus on the new disciple.
- The Bible commands us to be “baptizers”; if we do not baptize we can not fulfill the great commission.
- God has a mission and He is letting us join him on the mission.
- It’s all about trusting “seed-planting”; it’s not about a model.
- If the leadership has the need to control it will not work.
- The greatest sin of the American church is self-preservation.
- A church that is willing to risk and fail is the church that is the healthiest and most alive.
- Don’t operate from positional authority; it’s the weakest expression of power; always defer to relational authority.
- When it comes to leadership don’t invest in potential, invest in proven-faithfulness.