Church Transfusion: Changing Your Church Organically--From the Inside Out

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Many churches are striving to turn things around, to be morerelevant, and to have a greater impact on the lives and communitiesaround them. They look for a new program, better staff, a differentworship style, or updated strategy, but find that these changesonly seem to increase costs and frustration levels. Just as ourlife is in our blood, the life for Christ's body is in His blood.Changing a church is more than setting a new goal or direction.Churches need more than an organizational transition; they need afull ...

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Overview

Many churches are striving to turn things around, to be morerelevant, and to have a greater impact on the lives and communitiesaround them. They look for a new program, better staff, a differentworship style, or updated strategy, but find that these changesonly seem to increase costs and frustration levels. Just as ourlife is in our blood, the life for Christ's body is in His blood.Changing a church is more than setting a new goal or direction.Churches need more than an organizational transition; they need afull transfusion of Jesus' blood—His life—withinevery disciple. Anything less will perpetuate more of thedysfunction and unhealthy church practices that have alreadyplagued them for too long. In short, churches need the DNA ofJesus' lifeblood. Church Transfusion will help leaders ofany church to discover how to release a healthy missional DNA intothe hearts of its disciples.

In Church Transfusion, Neil Cole (author of OrganicChurch, Church 3.0, andJourneys to Significance) and hiscoauthor and ministry partner, Phil Helfer, first point out thatchange is possible with God, presenting many different examples ofchurches that have experienced this kind of life-givingtransfusion. The second half of the book lays out some of thepractical considerations for those who want to release real organichealth within their churches.

Where Cole's Church 3.0 painted a broad picture oforganic movements, Church Transfusion gives practical helpto transfuse health and life so that a church can enter into therapid movement that God is unleashing. The content will be helpfulwhether you are pastor of an established church or wanting torevitalize a network of small organic churches. ChurchTransfusion is a powerful, practical, and creative follow-up tothe bestselling Organic Church.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118131282
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/19/2012
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series, #63
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil Cole is an experienced and innovative church planterand pastor. He is the cofounder and executive director of ChurchMultiplication Associates. He is the author of Church3.0, Organic Church, and Journeys toSignificance, all from Jossey-Bass.

Phil Helfer is the cofounder of Church MultiplicationAssociates and the pastor of Los Altos Grace Church. He is anexpert on incorporating organic church principles into conventionalchurches.

ABOUT LEADERSHIP NETWORK The mission of LeadershipNetwork identifies and connects innovative church leaders,providing them with resources in the form of new ideas, people, andtools. Contact Leadership Network at leadnet.org.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Dave Ferguson

Preface xiii
Neil Cole

Acknowledgments xvii

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

Notes 199

The Authors 205

Index 207

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