Church Model Analysis 3
Neil Cole, author of “Church 3.0: Upgrades for the future of the church” innovated ideals on church planting. Cole is pastor of Awakening Church and executive director of Church Multiplication Associates. Cole incorporates modern day terminologies to attract an un-traditional audience to participate in multiplying the new organic church. Cole extensive experience in nurturing , mentoring and starting churches are conveyed within this book to offer a new outlook on disciple making within a different context incorporating some of the first century principals into the twenty first century.
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The introduction is a condense summary of the author objective, “About becoming healthier, relating to one another more naturally, and empowering all of God’s people on mission together.” The introduction reviews the current cultural context of Church 2.0 in comparison to Church 3.0 by providing a chart:
Church 2.0 Church 3.0
Seating when gathered Rows Circles
Environment Anonymous Intimate
Leadership source Institutions of higher learning Harvest fields
Growth Additions Multiplication
Results An audience is attracted A spiritual army is mobilized
Ministry practitioners The ordained The ordinary
Resources Imported to the harvest Discovered in the harvest
Primary leadership role Pastoral teacher APEST team
Learning lab Classroom-based education Trench-based education
Cost Expensive Inexpensive
Ministry setting The meeting place The marketplace
Success Full seating capacity Full sending capacity
Church posture Passive: "Y' all come!" Active: "We all go!"
Attraction Felt need programming Obvious life transformation
Model of church life Academic Family
The author expounded the Roman Christian Emperor Constantine influence on the church structure how it have maintain the guiding principle for every Christian domination since 313A.D. to present which Cole call Church 2.0 the state religion. The current cultural context of Church 2.0 state religion operates under an organized institutional system. Per Cole, “You have the priests or pastors, the Sunday service with singing and a sermon, the weekly offering, the pulpit with pews, and the church buildings, etc.” In Church 3.0 every believer possesses all the attributes of the priest or pastor. Church 3.0 is relational with modification of the first century church enhanced with technology. Cole missional outlook for a smaller and simpler promotes un-tapped resources in spreading the Gospel through relational contact increases disciple- making. The heightened spiritual power from believers empowered to carry out priestly or pastoral duties increases the territory infiltration of areas institutionalized believers normally would not have been able reach. Church 3.0 relational...