Church 3.0: Upgrades for the Future of the Church (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series) / Edition 1

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Overview

When Neil Cole's best-selling book Organic Church was firstpublished, it described one of the fastest growing and mostinnovative segments of contemporary Christianity.

In Church 3.0, Cole makes the argument that Christianity needsmore than new programs, buildings, or worship formats. It needs acomplete upgrade to a new operating system. The early churchshifted to a more institutional form in 300 ad and has been stuckin the 2.0 operating system ever since. We are overdue for the nextupgrade. Church 3.0 discusses issues such as how to deal withheresy, how to handle finances, what to do with children, and whatto do with worship, rituals, and ordinances. Even the mostenthusiastic proponents and practitioners of organic churches oftenwonder how to handle such matters in a faithful way.

Organic churches demand a shift from a program-driven andclergy-led institutionalized approach to one that is relational,simple, intimate, and viral in the way it spreads. Instead ofseeing church as something that serves its people, church becomespeople who serve God, one another, and a hurting world. Church isno longer an event to be at, but a family to be part of. Church isnot a program to reach out to the world, but a people that bringGod with them to the world.

Based on Cole's extensive experience in starting, nurturing, andmentoring thousands of churches, Church 3.0 offers insight andinformation about how to make this shift to a more organic form ofchurch. Church 3.0 is an insider's look at the importantconsiderations necessary to release spontaneous churchmultiplication movements in a Western context.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470529454
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/15/2010
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series, #49
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 274
  • Sales rank: 420,716
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

neil cole is an experienced and innovative church planter and pastor. He is the founder of the Awakening Chapels, which are reaching young postmodern people in urban settings, and a founder and executive director of Church Multiplication Associates. He is the author of Organic Church as well as Search and Rescue, Organic Leadership, and Cultivating a Life for God.

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Table of Contents

About Leadership Network

Foreword.

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction: What About This Book? Shifting from Church 2.0 to3.0.

Part One: Global Changes Demand a Better Church.

1. What About the World We Live In? From a Village Church to aGlobal Village.

2. What About Our Changing Culture? From Ministry in a ModernWorld to Postmodern.

Part Two: Structural Issues.

3. What About the Church's Mission? From Coming to Going.

4. What About Church Growth? From Incremental toExponential.

5. What About Church Models? Part One: From Congregations toNetworks.

6. What About Church Models? Part Two: From Centralized toDecentralized.

7. What About Larger Gatherings? From One-Size-Fits-All toTailored Groups for Effective Function.

Part Three: Pragmatic Concerns.

8. What About Evangelism? From Drawing Converts to CatalyzingMovements.

9. What About Baptism and Communion? From Sacerdotal Rituals toApostolic Genius.

10. What About Kids? From a Scholastic Model to a SpiritualFamily.

11. What About Heresy? From Better-Trained Pastors toBetter-Trained People.

12. What About Finances? From Ten Percent to the WholeEnchilada.

Conclusion: What About My Church? From Being Educated to Being.Empowered.

Notes.

The Author.

Index.

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