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I started using the following company to host some of my sites, and I get a cut any new sites who use them for hosting. So, here is the link to the company…


He was at REZ week at UT this past week. Unfortunately I missed him, but after a couple of conversations with friends am intrigued with what is going on at CMA. Also, Hirsch in his new book “The Forgotten Ways” refers to CMA as a model for the church. Here is some basic information I found…

Church Multiplication Associates
Neil Cole
Network Summary
CMA is an umbrella movement of organic church planting that incorporates about 9 different networks of
churches. We hav e been involved with church planting and dev eloping resources f or over ten years, but the last
f our years hav e been our most prolific explosion especially as in regards to organic church planting. In 2001 we
saw 52 churches started which is an av erage of a church a week. We are now located in sev en states and two
Values and Activities
1. Bad people make good soil, there’s lots of f ertilizer in their lives.
2. The church must be conceived in heaven bef ore it is born on earth. It must first be a glimmer in our
Father’s eye.
3. Two kinds of lost people: moths and cockroaches. The way to tell the difference is to turn the light on ­
the moths will be drawn to the light and the cockroaches will flee.
4. We must lower the bar of how we do church, raise the bar of what it means to be a disciple of Christ and
thus we will raise the standard of what church truly is.
5. Don’t organize “it” until you have an “it” to organize.
6. You cannot lead where you do not go.
7. Personal transf ormation precedes community transf ormation.
8. Worship has an audience of One.
9. To move others you must first be moved.
10. We must raise leaders f or the harvest from the harvest.
11. All the resources f or an abundant harv est are in the harvest.
12. Where you go the king goes!
13. Re Giving them the Bible when off ering books and resources to growing Christians: “We must plant the
seed, not a seed substitute.”
14. Re Mentoring: “First tings first, one thing at a time, always one more thing.”
15. In creating ministry tools/systems: “Less is more. Simple is not simplistic. Simplicity is a step beyond
16. Re Mentoring agenda: “Bifocal leadership vision: Start and at the beginning and begin with the end in
17. Anyone can do this… but not just anyone can do this.
18. Raise the bar of what it means to be a disciple and lower the bar of what it means to do church.
19. Church planting skills are Christian lif e skills.
20. We’ve got to get out of the barns and into the harvest!
Formative Resources

I have moved to a new free hosting service, trying to cut back on any costs. Notice the new style, I’ll be working on it as time allows.

If you’re trying to email me using carl AT try me at simplegestures AT for now. The move is causing some issues with email. Also lane AT can be reached at abbylanemc AT for now..

Take a look at the new Mars Hill site, then read the article at the Christian Vision Project
then go engage in making a difference in the culture by going to your local Borders Book Store(selected areas) and buy the Nooma films. Here is a link at Nooma to find out more about the Borders project.


But, we have hope…we have faith that God is at work in our lives and will do with us what He will for His purposes. I believe there are people in this world, in this city, in our neighborhoods that have no hope. I can’t begin to fathom life with no hope, but many can’t fathom life with any hope. I also believe the biggest stumbling block to hope is poverty and the inability for those that suffer from its persistent grasp to see beyond the hands clasped around their neck. The question begs to be asked, “What shall we do to help?”.—–

I don’t know why, but I haven’t had a decent thought run across my brain the last month or so. Maybe it’s all the logistics of buying/selling a house, the mad rush of school during TAKS season and pre-Spring Break, or just life wearing on the creative juices. I’m starting to feel the juices start to flow, nothing worth writing about, but I feel it coming. And, as SXSW rolls around here in Austin and I get excited about the creatives descending upon the city I get inspired. So, I’m asking you to cut me a little slack and maybe I’ll write something worth reading in the next little while.


Check out this event this weekend to benefit Micah 6

CROP Hunger Walk Walkathon Weekend
Saturday, March 3, 2007 and Sunday, March 4, 2007
Saturday Registration at 9:30 a.m., WALK begins at 10:00 a.m.
Sunday Registration at 1:45 p.m., WALK begins at 2:30 p.m.

Contact us at 451-2062 or

Roy G. Guerrero Colorado River Metro Park
800 Grove Boulevard

For more info, go to CROP Walk