At the Feet of the Farmer: 15 Neil Cole Quotes

Over the years Neil Cole has given numerous insights into what it means to be a follower of Jesus. I have placed fifteen on my favourite Neil Cole quotes into this post. Hopefully they will inspire you as much as they have inspired me over the years.

  1. “We would do much better as leaders in the Church to learn at the feet of the farmer rather than study with the CEO of a corporation.” – Neil Cole, Organic Church: Growing Faith Where Life Happens
  2. “I 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.” – Neil Cole, Church 3.0: Upgrades for the Future of the Church
  3. “Attendance on Sundays does not transform lives; Jesus within their hearts is what changes people.” – Neil Cole, Organic Church: Growing Faith Where Life Happens
  4. “We have raised the bar so high on how church is done that few believe they could ever do it themselves. The dark side of this endeavor is that we have lowered the bar of what is means to be a Christian, such that simply showing up to the weekly one-hour event with some regularity and a checkbook is all it takes.” – Neil Cole, Church 3.0: Upgrades for the Future of the Church
  5. “There are few character traits that stand out in this world more than a generous heart.” – Neil Cole, Organic Church: Growing Faith Where Life Happens
  6. “If we cannot multiply churches, we will never see a movement. If we cannot multiply leaders we will never multiply churches. If we cannot multiply disciples, we will never multiply leaders. The way to see a true church multiplication movement is to multiply healthy disciples, then leaders, then churches, and finally movements-in that order.” – Neil Cole, Organic Church: Growing Faith Where Life Happens
  7. “Instead of bringing people to church so that we can then bring them to Christ, let’s bring Christ to people where they live.” – Neil Cole, Organic Church: Growing Faith Where Life Happens
  8. “Every church throughout history whose members were willing to surrender their lives for the sake of Christ witnessed dramatic and spontaneous growth.” – Neil Cole, Organic Church: Growing Faith Where Life Happens
  9. “Church begins with Jesus: who He is and what He has done. It is all about Jesus, and if it begins
    to be about something else, then it stops being the church as Jesus meant it to be.” – Neil Cole, Organic Church: Growing Faith Where Life Happens
  10. “The church is at its best in two’s or three’s-not in two or three hundreds or two or three thousands. “Where two or three are gathered together, there am I in the midst of them.” – Neil Cole, Organic Church: Growing Faith Where Life Happens
  11. “Live secure in Christ, rather than trying to protect your position in the church. We need to change our values as leaders. If we’re not willing to give away our positions to others by equipping them for the work of service, we don’t deserve the positions we have. Our identity and security are to be in Christ, not in a title or role in a religious organization.” – Neil Cole, Primal Fire: Reigniting the Church with the Five Gifts of Jesus
  12. “To have a church within walking distance of every person…” – Neil Cole, Organic Church: Growing Faith Where Life Happens
  13. “Every Christian is a church planter, every home is a church, and every church building is a training center.” – Neil Cole, Organic Church: Growing Faith Where Life Happens
  14. “When we start putting together systems to make sure that future generations obey, what we end up doing is building an institution that conforms people to a pattern. They don’t have their own faith, they’re living off the residue of faith of a previous generation.” – Neil Cole
  15. “If one-tenth of what you believe is true, you ought to be ten times as excited as you are.” – Neil Cole, Organic Church: Growing Faith Where Life Happens

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