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Defending Organic Church (Part 2)

A prescription for those wrestling with the organic church model.

In the spring issue of Leadership journal, Brian Hofmeister wrote an article titled "The Dirt on Organic." Neil Cole, also a Leadership journal contributor and the author of The Organic Church, was written a response to Hofmeister's article. Part 1 of Cole's response seeks to diagnose the problems Hofmeister encountered with the organic model. In Part 2 he prescribes solutions to those still attracted to the de-structured approach to mission and discipleship.

Here is a simple prescription for those wrestling with what Mr. Hofmeister described in his organic church experience:

1. Make disciples, not organizations, and let Jesus build the church out of changed lives. A disciple is one who follows Christ and learns at his feet. Allow them to learn to follow Jesus. They will make mistakes along the way, but that is how we all learn. Protecting people from mistakes is to keep them from learning.

2. Lower the bar on how church is done and raise the bar on what it means to be a disciple. Look ...

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