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Organic Systems Breakout Session by Alan Hirsch | Video @ VERGE

Presentation by Alan Hirsch around Organic Systems. This is one of the five elements of Jesus Movements articulated in The Forgotten Ways. Breakout session during the VERGE Conference in Austin, Texas in February of 2010.

Alan Hirsch - Organic Systems [Verge 2010 Breakout Session] from Verge Network

Organic descriptions of the church abound in scripture. Images such as body, field, yeast, seeds, trees and vines are plentiful. An organic or living systems approach seeks to structure the common life of an organization around the rhythms and structures that mirror life itself. From there we can try to emulate as closely as possible this innate capacity of living systems to develop high levels of organization and adapt to varying conditions. Relating a living system approach to church connects with the idea that every group of God's people has everything within them needed to adapt and thrive in any setting.

Movements that reach exponential impact and growth all demonstrate at these characteristics: they have a transformative vision of the world, they structure organically in networks, power and function are distributed to the outermost levels of the organization and therefore they can spread virally, and they are committed to reproducing and to reproducibility.

Other helpful videos:

  1. Making and Multiplying Disciples by Neil Cole @ VERGE
  2. Organic Systems - Main Session by Alan Hirsch @ VERGE
  3. Panel Interview with Francis Chan, Dave Gibbons, Neil Cole & Ed Stetzer @ VERGE
  4. The Monkey & The Fish - Third Culture Leadership by Dave Gibbons @ VERGE
  5. Make Disciples Like the Apostles Did by George Patterson
  6. How Jesus Sees the Church: Part 1 by Neil Cole
  7. Matthew 10, Luke 10 & the P.O.P.'s by Neil Cole
  8. Organic Leadership: Part 1 by Neil Cole
  9. The Ephesians 4:11 Team (APEST) by Neil Cole
  10. Upgrades for the Future of the Church by Neil Cole

Other important articles:                                                          Helpful Books:

The Forgotten Ways Church 3.0

A Dangerous Question and the Organic Church
The Secret Source of Unlimited Leaders

A Simple Process for Evangelism & Starting Churches
The Life Transformation Group System



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