Ordinary Hero: Becoming a Disciple Who Makes a Difference

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The world needs heroes. Are you one of them?

Church planter and pastor Neil Cole knows about saving lives: he is a former California beach lifeguard. In Ordinary Hero, he takes the lessons learned from that experience and applies them to our mission of rescuing people from darkness and leading them into the kingdom of God. Cole presents a passionate and moving plea to continue the work of rescue, along with a simple, proven plan for doing so. ...
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Overview

The world needs heroes. Are you one of them?

Church planter and pastor Neil Cole knows about saving lives: he is a former California beach lifeguard. In Ordinary Hero, he takes the lessons learned from that experience and applies them to our mission of rescuing people from darkness and leading them into the kingdom of God. Cole presents a passionate and moving plea to continue the work of rescue, along with a simple, proven plan for doing so.

"Simple, uncluttered, apostolic, organic, and eminently doable."--From the foreword by Alan Hirsch, author, The Forgotten Ways

"A much-needed book. The key issue today is raising up disciples if we want to see lives changed and radical transformations take place in our society. What Neil recommends makes a difference."--Bob Roberts, pastor, NorthWood Church; author, Transformation, Glocalization, and The Multiplying Church

"Ordinary Hero actually works. Neil Cole's network of friends and co-workers is the fastest-growing informal fellowship of believers in the Western world. Why? Because it instantly attracts every person who desires an exciting role as a genuine hero in the greatest adventure of our time."--James Rutz, author, Megashift

"Neil gives you everything you need to start patrolling your own beach if you want to get serious about lifesaving efforts."--Reggie McNeal, author, The Present Future

"Warning! This book will challenge you to save others' lives. If you read it, believe it, and do it, God will use your life to change the world."--Jaeson Ma, lead director, Campus Church Networks; author, The Blueprint

"Cole makes Christian disciple making come alive. A captivating story that is solidly biblical and down to earth, with practical application. Right on target!"--Robert E. Coleman, distinguished professor of evangelism and discipleship, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; author, The Master Plan of Evangelism

Neil Cole is the founder and executive director of Church Multiplication Associates, which has helped start more than 1,000 churches in 35 states and 30 nations. He is seen by many to be one of the key founders of what is known as the organic- or simple-church movement. Cole is the author or coauthor of several books, including Organic Church and Organic Leadership. He lives in Southern California.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801072772
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Pages: 237
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil Cole is the founder and executive director of Church Multiplication Associates, an organization that has helped catalyze the start of more than a thousand churches around the world. He is the author of Organic Church and Organic Leadership and lives in California.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Alan Hirsch 9

Preface 11

Acknowledgments 14

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Need for True Heroes 15

Part 1 Last Words from a Dying Hero: Paul's Second Letter to Timothy

1 Revealing a Secret Identity: What Is a Real Hero in God's Kingdom? 27

2 Good News Worth Sharing: The Gospel of the Kingdom 40

3 Scuba-la Happens: The Raw Material of a Real Hero 55

4 This Is a Job for?Me? A Heroic Call to a Larger-Than-Life Mission 67

5 More Powerful Than a Locomotive: The Unstoppable Power of Multiplication 73

6 The Heart of a Healthy Hero: Motivations That Make a World of Difference 83

7 Who Needs a Utility Belt? Being Prepared and Equipped for a Great Work 103

8 Every Hero Needs a Sidekick and Every Sidekick Is a Hero: All of Us Need Backup 121

9 The Boy Scouts Have It Right: Be Prepared 129

10 More Than a Catchphrase: Never Give Up! Never Surrender! 137

Part 2 A System for Making and Multiplying Disciples

11 Falling into a Powerful Current: Discovering and Releasing Life Transformation Groups 147

12 The Value of Simplicity: Less Is More 160

13 A Tool Easily Passed to Others: The Life Transformation Group System 166

14 Instant Access to the Almighty: Advantages of the LTG System 177

15 The Security of a Trustworthy System: Answering Common Objections to the LTG System 196

16 When Groups Go Wrong: Troubleshooting Unproductive Groups 206

17 The Kingdom Come: The Results of a Life Changed for God 214

Appendix 1 Sample Character Conversation Questions for Life Transformation Groups 221

Appendix 2 Names for LTGs Worldwide 229

Appendix 3 How LTGs Can Help Start Organic Churches 230

Notes 233

Illustration Credits 237

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