Church Transfusion: Changing Your Church Organically--From the Inside Out
August 2012, Jossey-Bass
In this book Neil Cole (author of Organic Church, Church Transfusion and Journeys to Significance) and Phil Helfer, co-founders of Church Multiplication Associates, will first point out that change is possible with God, but only with God. In the second half of the book they will lay out some of the actual practical considerations to weigh if you want to release real organic health in your church.
Using multiple examples of very different kinds of churches that have been through the process, the authors present ways that leadership and practices need to change in order to release organic church movements from their midst. Chapters cover:
- Leadershifts necessary
- Detoxification from dependence issues.
- How to ignite change virally.
- How to grandparent movements.
- How to measure success in movements.
This book (another in the Leadership Network series) applies organic life principles to established churches with practical help that is holistic and natural. The content in this book will be helpful whether you are pastor of an established church or wanting to revitalize a small organic church.
Jesus didn’t die and rise from the dead so that we can be like everyone else in the world. Our faith is more than just a better doctrine or a bigger goal with a capital giving campaign; it is a better life. Jesus is the difference, and what a difference he makes...don't be satisfied with less.
Part One: Change Is Possible—with God 1
1 So What’s the Difference? 3
2 Basic Organic Principles That Work in All Contexts 13
3 No Longer Business as Usual 24
4 Churches in Transfusion 42
Part Two: Implementing Change from the Inside Out 65
5 Dying as if Your Life Depended on It 67
6 Detoxifying from Dependence 82
7 How Small People Cause Big Problems 101
8 Leadershifts 114
9 Disciples, Disciples, Disciples 129
10 Water the Green Spot 136
11 Healthy Reproduction 154
12 New Measures of Success 170
13 The Price of Transfusion 185
Conclusion: Equipping People for Ministry in the World 196
The Authors 205
Neil Cole is an experienced and innovative church planter and pastor. He is the cofounder and executive director of Church Multiplication Associates. He is the author of Church 3.0, Organic Church, and Journeys to Significance, all from Jossey-Bass.
Phil Helfer is the cofounder of Church Multiplication Associates and the pastor of Los Altos Grace Church. He is an expert on incorporating organic church principles into conventional churches.
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