|Greenhouses come in all sizes and shapes.
So do churches.
We want to build a church planting
greenhouse in the St. Louis area.
exists to bring together people in eastern Missouri and
downstate Illinois who are interested in disciple making and church
planting using the concepts of organic church planting, simple
churches and church multiplication movements. We hope to
gather the people needed to offer a Greenhouse Weekend
Intensive in the St. Louis area in the near future.
Email greenhouse (at) disciplewalk (dot) com.
|Organic Church Planting
Greenhouse - St. Louis
The fourth wave of cell church innovation is a Church
Planting Movement strategy rather than a church growth
strategy. In the fourth wave, as in the New Testament, all
energy is invested in disciple-making and no energy is
wasted on creating an institutional church or rebuilding the
Temple. More aptly named a “disciple multiplication
movement,” fourth wave churches begin small, remain small,
and continually spin off new small churches rather than grow
one larger church. I believe that these evangelistic methods
can be highly effective in small churches where individuals
are ready to make a serious commitment to making disciples.
- David Kueker, www.disciplewalk.com
To learn more:
On Church Multiplication Movements as taught by David Garrison:
On Organic Church Planting Greenhouses with Neil Cole:
Resources available through CMAresources.org:
Cultivating A Life for God by Neil Cole
Leadership Farm Systems in Raising Leaders for the Harvest by Bob Logan and Neil Cole
Organic Church: Growing Faith Where Life Happens by Neil Cole
Search and Rescue: An Urgent Call to Make and Multiply Disciples by Neil Cole
". . . the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light,
and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death
light has dawned."
From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, "Repent,
for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers,
Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother,
casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.
And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."
Immediately they left their nets and followed him.
|Left column photos from top to bottom by
Jaydot, Ian-S', house_n_baby, next three by
Stefan Jannson, last by Jim Moran.
Greenhouse construction photo by Stefan Jannson.
All photos via Creative Commons license
courtesy of their makers through Flickr.com.
|Ad Majorem Gloria Dei
Research from George Barna's book Revolution indicates a developing trend of people
participating in traditional churches while deepening their spirituality in small groups outside their churches.
This pattern was common in the early 1970s and in John Wesley's original Methodist Societies.
People in your church will soon be looking for opportunities to grow in their faith outside their church.
Perhaps this is already happening in your church.
In my experience, these groups bless their participants, but they drain energy
from a local church and are not evangelistic; they add no new disciples to any church.
Organic Church Greenhouse spiritual disciplines can be practiced within traditional churches.
A network of Greenhouse trained disciple makers within a local church has the potential to make disciples
in the community, nurture them in small groups within the church, involve them in missional service through
the church, and support them in the making of their own disciples.
If the disciple making cycle repeats each year, taking 3 leaders through the initial Greenhouse training
could result in 96 converts by the fifth year, with that number doubling each year thereafter.
Pastor, would you be interested in planting a three person network of Greenhouse trained disciple makers
in your church? If so, you are #1; who are the two you will bring with you to the training?
(It's OK to bring more than two - but the pastor must set an example and lead the network.)
|Online Courses are
available on these topics at