I wish every Christian would read Neil Cole’s book, Organic Church. Neil tells us how to connect with the unchurched, introduce them to Jesus Christ, and help them grow into mature discipleship. And he doesn’t just offer theory; he has been busy doing it himself.
There are two important features of his work. One is his commitment to going where the people are, coffeehouses, parks, bars, restaurants, homes, etc. The second is his emphasis on accountability.
I had emphasized small groups for most of my ministry, believing that a Christian would experience her or his greatest growth in these small groups. However, over the years I came to realize I could not get the kind of accountability in these groups that was needed for maximum growth. (Click on Personal Spiritual Development for more blog posts on the subject of accountability.) Neil Cole has discovered the key is not small groups of 8-12, like most people think. The key is groups of “two or three,” as mentioned in Matthew 18:20. “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
In Organic Church Neil Cole gives seven reasons why he believes a group of two or three is the ideal size for spiritual growth:
- Community is stronger with two or three. Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12 tells us, Continue Reading…