Neil Cole on Magic Seeds of Church Planting

Neil Cole, author of Church 3.0, discussed the magic seeds of church planting during Verge Conference’s 2nd session. Here is what he said:

In Mark 4, there are parables giving insights into how God’s kingdom is organic in nature.

  1. The Parable of the Sower
    We need to focus where there is good fruitfulness (return on investment). We need to plant the message of the Kingdom. We need to see churches plant and grow, but first we need to plant Jesus. The world is interested in Jesus; they are not so interested in your church.
  2. The Parable of the Growing Seed
    Even if you are lazy, a planted seed sprouts and grows. We commit so much time and energy and resource to trying to make things grow, but then we don’t plant a seed, and nothing grows. As long as we trust in our methods more than the seed of Christ’s message we will be in trouble. We need to trust that it is Jesus in us that causes the growth.

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Kent Shaffer is the founder of ChurchRelevance.com an online resource created to inspire and train ministers to be more relevant and effective. He also co-owns BombayCreative.com, a ministry-oriented design firm, and AcreScout.com, a commercial listings site.