Last week, I posted on the sequel to this book, “Organic Leadership.” I liked it so much that I went back and reread “Organic Church.” As much as the book impressed me the first time, I was even more blown away the second time through. Several years have passed since my first reading, which means I’ve (hopefully) grown and matured some in my thinking. I was able to appreciate some of the stuff presented in the book in a different way, having become a practitioner of simple church since my first reading.
The personal stories were amazing. Ordinary people doing amazing things and planting multiple churches in place that most traditional churches would fear to tread. The thing, however, that sticks with me the most is the way Cole’s movement, as a rule, plants churches. They use Jesus’ instructions in Matthew 10 and Luke 10–take nothing with you (no massive amount of resources), find a receptive “person of peace” (who is usually receptive now to the gospel, has a reputation be it good or bad, and a pocket of people they can influence), and see a church sprout where they are. We may have started our first simple church in the wrong place!
If you’re looking for a good intro to simple church, this is the book to start with.