Organic Leadership: Leading Naturally Right Where You Are

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Is it possible that the division between the clergy and the laity is unnecessary and, in fact, harmful to the church? In Organic Leadership, Neil Cole fervently says yes and shows how this causes great harm to all. But rather than doing away with the clergy, Cole argues that the answer is to raise up organically grown leaders from ordinary Christians and make everyone "a priest."
Using examples from modern cinema, personal experience, and the Bible, Cole sets out to change our ...
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Overview

Is it possible that the division between the clergy and the laity is unnecessary and, in fact, harmful to the church? In Organic Leadership, Neil Cole fervently says yes and shows how this causes great harm to all. But rather than doing away with the clergy, Cole argues that the answer is to raise up organically grown leaders from ordinary Christians and make everyone "a priest."
Using examples from modern cinema, personal experience, and the Bible, Cole sets out to change our view of what a leader is and how one is formed. This fresh and revolutionary alternative will transform readers and equip them to challenge themselves and others to find the vision God has for them. Now available in trade paper.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801072383
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Series: Shapevine
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,387,790
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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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 Search & Rescue.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Reggie McNeal 9

Preface: Live the Adventure 11

Acknowledgements 17

Introduction: A Fate Worse than Failure 19

Section 1 The Counterfeit Kingdom of Outside In: Weeds That Infiltrate the Garden of Christian Leadership

1 On Being Institutionalized: Depending on the Walls That Imprison You 33

2 Slaves Are Made in Such Ways: The Corruption of Christian Leadership 45

3 Pharisaism Today: Protecting the Powerful 56

4 Still in the Dark Ages: Contributing to Ignorance in the Name of Scholarship 74

5 Bound by he Chain of Command: Messed Up from Top to Bottom 85

6 Viewing Life Through Faulty Lenses: False Dichotomies That Obscure Our Vision of Reality 97

7 Parasites on the Body of Christ: Why Some Ministers Suck...Literally! 113

Section 2 The Inside-out Kingdom: Growing Leadership from Within

8 The Secret Source of Leaders: Or, Where We start Makes All the Difference 129

9 Organically Grown Leaders: Healthy Leadership Emergency 140

10 Leadership Success: Goals of Organic Leadership 149

Section 3 The Upside-down Kingdom: Navigating a Correct Leaderships Trajectory

11 The New "Up" is"Down": The Paradoxical Kingdom 160

12 Lead, Follow, and Get Out of the Way: Authority Worth Following 175

13 Downwardly Mobile: Following Christ to Humility and Exaltation 184

14 Incarnational Leadership: Christ's Life you 196

Section 4 The Side-by-Side Kingdom: Receipts for Homegrown Leadership

15 Knowledge Is Not Power: Holistic Leadership Development and Theological Education 207

16 The Secret to Leading Leaders: Following a Middle School Master 220

17 Wax On and Wax Off:Life-on-Life Mentoring Skills 232

18 Catalysts for Real Change: Leadership Tools that Multiply Impact 253

Section 5 The Plugged-in Kingdom: The Life, Power, and Provision in God's Upside-down Kingdom

19 Embrace Death as if Your Life Depends on It: The Cure for All That Ails Us 269

20 Jesus and the man-Purse: Payment for Service in the Church 280

Conclusion: Rare Heroes for a New Day 293

Notes 305

Index 309

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  • Posted August 30, 2009

    Best book of 2009

    Organic Leadership is the best book I've read in 2009. It is loaded with thought-provoking ideas that challenge conventional church leadership methods. Neil Cole's ideas will likely be discarded by traditional pastors and leaders. But since the Christian church is having very little impact on the world's secular culture, Cole's Biblically-based ideas must be taken seriously.

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