As we carry out our church’s mission, “to make disciples Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world,” multiplication will naturally result!
- Multiplying the number of church leaders
- Multiplying the number of disciples who make disciples who make disciples
- Multiplying the number of small groups and outreach ministries
- Multiplying the number of faith communities reaching people outside the church’s walls–Fresh Expressions, micro-churches, campuses and off-site congregations, and even new churches
Jesus makes it clear that his Great Commission leads to multiplication, expanding God’s Kingdom ever outward. Jesus’ final words to his disciples in Acts 1:8 announces that they will be his witnesses to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth. The church is not simply a “come-to” attractional church, but also a “go-to” sent church with its members incarnating the church as they are dispersed in their neighborhoods and their work, school, and play spaces.
Church Development provides support for churches seeking to multiply through these two powerful resources…
Fresh Expressions. Does your church want to reach unchurched people? If so, Fresh Expressions will help. It is a model where a church incarnates itself in the community, reaching people who would unlikely ever attend the church’s worship services and ministries. It is based on Jesus’ sending of the 72 in Luke 10. A Fresh Expression of church can be started by as few as two people who have a heart for particular people–perhaps acquaintances (e.g. neighbors, fellow workers or students) or perhaps people who share a common interest (e.g. running or biking, knitting or quilting, dogs or cats, corn hole or card games). They listen, build relationships, disciple in appropriate natural ways, eventually becoming the church for those reached. Visit Fresh Expressions for training opportunities, examples, and resources.
Multiply Network. Does your church want to achieve the above bullet points? If so, the Multiply Network will help. It is a cohort process that helps church leaders develop a stronger multiplication culture in their congregations. Through the eight-month Track 1 process, pastors and key laity will meet virtually with other church leaders discovering and practicing multiplication concepts. Participants spend significant time in smaller cohorts where they get an opportunity to share best practices and discuss challenges, and provide encouragement and prayer. Track 2 is very similar to Track 1 in length and format. The big difference is that in Track 2 the pastor and key laity begin to develop a discipling system in their church that is replicable and naturally leads to multiplication, that is new leaders, new disciples who make disciples, new small groups and outreach ministries, and new faith communities–Fresh Expressions, micro-churches, campuses and off-site congregations, and even new churches. Visit Multiply Network for more information.
Grants. Church Development offers grants for churches seeking to multiply. There are matching grants for churches starting new worship services and Fresh Expressions. There is also a grant for churches starting new campuses, off-site congregations, and churches. Go to grants for more. information.