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Foreigners and Aliens – quote from Roland Allen

This year is exactly one century since an English missionary named Roland Allen wrote a ground-breaking book, Missionary Methods: St. Paul’s or Ours?  In the book, Allen wrote truthfully and prophetically, “Foreigners can never successfully direct the propagation of any faith throughout a whole country. If the faith does not become naturalised and expand among […]

What Went Wrong with the Jerusalem Model?

A helpful e-newsletter from Dr. Traver Dougherty from the archives 3/15/2010 Since I had the privilege of sharing organic church principles alongside Neil Cole last weekend, I figured now would be a good time to share a little something out of Cole’s recently released book, Church 3.0. Although the book is exemplary, one particular discussion […]

Welcome to the Priesthood by Brad Brisco

When attempting to transition an existing church in a more missional direction I believe one of the topics of discussion must surround the concept of “the priesthood of all believers.” For me the “priesthood of all believers” is not just a theological perspective on there being no need for an earthly mediator to God, but […]

Is Leadership Permanent? by Traver Dougherty

Leadership in an organic church expression looks a little different than what we’re used to; in an organic expression, leadership is truly servant leadership, exemplified in practice. I recently read a book by Jean Vanier that nicely illustrates this principle. Vanier founded an intentional community of faith whose purpose was to live out the Kingdom by […]

You’re Going Too Fast! by General William Booth

From 1886 by Salvation Army founder William Booth — They say we go too fast! This accusation comes from all directions. Our enemies do not like our speed and our friends are afraid of it. What do they mean? If they had complained that we did not go fast enough, I could understand them. If […]

We’re Not Multiplying! by Traver Dougherty

Our community hasn’t multiplied for awhile; What should we do? One of the more difficult things in the organic church movement is lack of numerical growth. No, this doesn’t mean the movement as a whole isn’t multiplying. It is. But sometimes, individual house churches either stagnate or seem to stagnate. What’s going on?Well, there’s a number of […]

“I Mean Something Which We Cannot Control” by Roland Allen

If we are willing to relinquish control and allow for spontaneous multiplication in our churches, we will see the gospel go further than we ever dreamed possible. In the classic book written ahead of its time, The Spontaneous Expansion of the Church: And the Causes That Hinder It, Roland Allen describes the advantage of losing […]

Rise of the Jesus-Followers by Evan MacCrimmon

The Trend The term Jesus-follower (or follower of Jesus or follower of Christ) is on the rise in the United States.  More and more Christians are calling themselves Jesus-followers instead of or in addition to Christians. A Newsweek article titled “A Christian by Any Other Name” (published on March 7, 2009) touches on this very […]

Something better than drawing multitudes by Neil Cole

We must remind ourselves that there is something better than drawing multitudes to our services. Jesus often turned away from the multitudes and was even know to turn away the multitudes with hard words. More people attending does not mean success. Nicer buildings does not mean your church is any better. The key to a […]

Calling Out the Church by Chris Suitt

How many times have you been in a conversation where you have been misunderstood because you used a certain word that your listener took in a way you didn’t mean?  And then you find yourself saying, “That’s not what I meant.  Let me try again” and this time you use a different word.  The same […]

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