Monthly Archives: April 2006

Neil Cole on Organic Church

Here’s a post from Pacific Highlander, April 3.

I spent three days at an ‘Organic Church Planters’ Greenhouse’ seminar last week. Neil Cole, from Los Angeles, was being hosted by Church Multiplication Associates, Australia to introduce church planters to the principles of organic church, simple church.

Neil Cole listening Rather than developing new churches around a meeting place, ‘organic church’ is developed in the marketplace. Churches are seeded, germinated and grown in the soil of relational networks. Because there is little expectation of employing staff or purchasing buildings the model is relatively inexpensive. Primary leadership is provided by an ‘apostolic team’ rather than by a pastoral teacher. The attraction to this approach to church is obvious life transformation rather than felt need programming.

What I found most helpful in the three day seminar was the inspiration of the stories of innovative, down-to-earth church plants that were based on the changed lives of new converts. It was tempting to dismiss them as stories that could never happen in Australia.

A key part of Neil’s approach is relational. I picked up the virus of focused intercessory prayer. I’ve now put appointments into my mobile phone in which I commit myself for praying for my family, for my relational network, and for the discovery and recruitment of people who will ‘work in the harvest’. Neil wasn’t afraid of talking. But he was also committed to listening.

I’ll put another couple of posts on the seminar up this week as I find the time.

Unleashing the Mission-shaped Church

To download the brochure please click on the following link Brochure

Keynote Speakers

George Lings is the Director of the Sheffield Centre in the UK. His work in discerning the evolving mission of the church is highly regarded by church leaders and missional practitioners. George was instrumental in the production of The Mission Shaped Church report and is the editor of the periodical Encounters on the Edge – see George is widely respected in the field of church planting and new forms of church as a consultant, trainer and writer.

Bob and Mary Hopkins head up Anglican Church Planting Initiatives (ACPI) in the UK – an organisation they founded 17 years ago – see They have recently joined the Archbishop of Canterbury’s newly formed Fresh Expressions team alongside Steve Croft – see They have a wide ministry of consultation and training in the areas of church planting, cell church development and fresh expression of church.

Dates & Locations

Sydney Wednesday 7 June
Chatswood Anglican Church – Cnr Fullers Rd & View St, Chatswood (walking distance from Chatswood station).

Melbourne Thursday 8 June
Glen Waverley Anglican Church – 800 Waverley Rd, Glen Waverley

Launceston Friday 9 June
St Aidans Anglican Church, East Launceston – Arthur St, East Launceston

Orange Tuesday 13 June
Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Orange – Cnr Byng & Anson Sts, Orange

Brisbane Thursday 15 June
St Francis Theological College – 233 Milton Rd, Milton (walking distance from Milton station)

Canberra Friday 16 June
St Marks National Theological Centre – 15 Blackall St, Barton


9:00 Registration & Refreshments
9:20 Worship
9:35 Introduction
9:45 George Lings – Foundations for a Mission-Shaped Church
10:45 Morning Tea
11:00 Bob & Mary Hopkins – Church Planting & Fresh Expressions
12:15 Panel
12:30 Lunch
1:15 Workshops – Session 1
2:30 Afternoon Tea
2:45 Workshops – Session 2
4:00 Wrap Up, Feedback & Sending Out
4:30 Finish


Registering is simple. Either:-

* Download the brochure, fill in the response form and either post or fax it to us with your payment.
* Alternatively, you can call the conference office on 02 4759 1363 with your credit card details and we can take your registration over the phone.

Further Information
If you would like further information or are having problems opening the attached brochure please contact the conference office on 02 4759 1363 or at We believe that these conferences will be informative and thought provoking and we pray that you are able to join us for one of the days.

Tim Scheur (Church Army – see
Greg Middleton (Gospel Outreach Ministries – see
Stuart Robinson (National Mission Facilitator – Anglican General Synod)
Wayne Brighton (Anglican General Synod)

Unleashing the Mission-shaped Church!
c/- Church Army Australia
PO Box 12
ph 02 4759 1363 fax 02 4759 1359