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EP269 - Neil Cole & Applying Church 3.0 to Digital Churches



This convo, right here, may be one of my favorite podcasts we've done to date. Years ago “Church 3.0,” a book by Neil Cole, was heavily influential in my life. Understand, Neil didn't write the book in a digital context. When he wrote “Church 3.0,” very few people were doing anything in the digital ministry space. But when I read this book back in the early 2010s, all I could think about is how some of these practices could exist digitally.

So, similar to our recent conversation with Leonard Sweet, I loved this opportunity to sit down with Neil Cole and talk to him about Digital Church. Mind you, we're taking Neil's ideas into a whole new realm, but I counted it a pleasure to talk with another pioneer in a unique space. We delved into it in the conversation, but Neil was a decade or two before his time! As many contemporaries today are praised for their work in micro church areas, Neil was criticized for his work in the space (and, to be honest, I can relate to that).

We even brought into the convo Jason Morris, who arguably is the smartest man in all of digital ministry, who was also influenced strongly by Neil's book...So, looking for a conversation involving three out-of-the-box thinkers about a micro/digital approach to church, where we also talk about the turmoil of pioneering in church space? Check out this convo with Neil Cole, Jason Morris and myself, right here on The Church Digital Podcast.


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Host: Jeff Reed
THECHURCH.DIGITAL & DigitalChurch.Network
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Guest: Neil Cole
Church Planter, Author, and Speaker
Twitter// Facebook// Church 3.0

Guest: Jason Morris
Product Development Manager at Resi Media
Twitter// Facebook // LinkedIn


Neil Cole was the founder and executive director of Church Multiplication Associates & CMAResources, which helped start hundreds of churches in thirty-five states and thirty nations. He is seen by many to be one of the key founders of what is known as the organic or simple-church movement.  One of the key training components of this expanding movement is the Organic Church Planter’s Greenhouse - Story 1 and Story 2 Trainings.

Neil would rather be known for instigating radical discipleship and created a discipleship tool known as Life Transformation Groups (LTG); which is making and multiplying disciples all over the globe. He is also the author of multiple books including recently released Journeys To Significance, Church 3.0, Organic Leadership, Search & Rescue, Cultivating a Life for God,  Organic Church,  TruthQuest, Beyond Church Planting and  Raising Leaders for the Harvest.

He lives in Long Beach, California with his wife Dana, and their three children.


Jason is passionate about Jesus and His Church. As a futurist, Jason has been using digital tools to expand Jesus’ Kingdom for almost 3 decades. Along with online disciple-making, he currently works at Resi Media to help churches with their online expressions of Church. He loves surfing, yerba mate, distro hopping, and trying out new technology for Kingdom building purposes.



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Jeff Reed

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Jeff Reed
Jeff Reed

With about 20 years experience serving the church in the digital/technological realm, Jeff loves working with churches. As passionate about Discipleship as he is Technology, Jeff uses his passion to help Churches develop technology systems to bring people far from God closer to him. Oh, and he loves Digital Church & Church Online.

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