I had high hopes I would really dig what this book had to say. With statements like the one above in the early parts of the book (pg 24), I knew the heart of the book would match up with some things in my own heart. Yet, I find myself a little disappointed after finishing it.
Maybe it just didn’t match up to the high expectations I had, but somehow I wanted more out of it. There were certainly bright spots, some of which are captured in the snippets below, but I guess I wanted to see some of these ideas explored a bit more fully. At best, this book was an introduction to some ideas that can and should be explored much more fully.
pg 26 – “What want to lower the bar of how church is done and raise the bar of what it means to be a disciple.” — A simple idea, but one deserving lots of thought.
pg 53 – “In our organic movement we have come to understand church as this: the presence of Jesus among His people called out as a spiritual family to pursue His mission on this planet.”
pg 98 – “The way to see a true church multiplication movement is to multiply healthy disciples, then leaders, then churches, and finally movements — in that order. As passionate as I am about church planting, I found it perplexing that the Bible never instructs us to start churches.” — This is worth some thought. It is often disputed that the best way to do evangelism is to start new churches, so we typically start there in the process, but that leaves us with the need to both build down in this scale into individual disciples, and also build up to a multiplication movement. I wonder what can look like to be intentional about start at the smallest level and creating reproductive systems from there.
pg 131 – “We tell these fresh souls that they are helpless, needy and unable to fend for themselves. We also teach them that their nourishment, protection, and training must come from other Christians, so they never really learn to look to God for such things.”
pg 134 – “Leadership in an organic church multiplication movement never prescribes the work but instead describes it, allowing great diversity and multitudes of expression, all containing and contained by the original DNA.”
pg 154 – “There are two closely related sins we need to repent of in the Western church. We need to repent of underestimating what God can do through a new believer. Second, we need to repent of overestimating our own value in helping new converts grow and become strong believers.”