what every multiplying church needs to know
Biblically, historically, and statistically, church planting is one of the most effective vehicles for evangelism. As an existing church leader, you have a unique opportunity to make a significant Kingdom impact by investing in a church plant.
By partnering with a church planter, you are making an eternal difference in a community. People will come to faith, families will find significant help, leaders will be developed, and the name of Jesus will be proclaimed.
Interested in cultivating positive church planting behaviors? Read through the following vital practices and potential barriers for multiplying churches.
6 Vital Practices for Multiplying Churches
1. Embracing a Kingdom Vision
This is the starting point for any church that wants to multiply. It’s not about the church’s kingdom; it’s about God’s Kingdom.
2. Preparing Planters
The leaders you will send to plant need training and exposure. They need opportunities to start something within a church before they go out to start a new church.
3. Intentional with Evangelism
Churches that are passionate about evangelism (helping people who don’t yet believe discover the treasure of the gospel of Jesus) will develop a heart for reaching others outside of their context by starting new churches.
4. Committing to Discipleship
Churches that multiply understand that multiplication starts with discipleship. It must be more than a program or an afterthought. It needs to become an approach to every aspect of ministry. When it does, multiplication will become natural.
5. Developing Other Leaders
Leadership development is about helping every church member discover their God given calling and grow in the character and competencies that lead to kingdom impact. This also means that churches hold these people loosely and are willing to send them.
6. Creating a Clear Strategy to Multiply
Developing a strategy to multiply and communicating the vision for this multiplication on a regular and ongoing basis.
8 barriers that discourage churches from planting
Many kinds of fears can dominate our thinking about multiplication: fear of the unknown, fear of losing people or resources, fear of failure, etc...
2. Perceived and Actual Scarcity
This mindset says that you cannot multiply until you have enough leaders to fill the potential vacancies, or enough tithers to replace those that are leaving.
3. Bad Math
We can be so focused on adding people to our local church that we miss the opportunity to multiply the kingdom impact by investing in new church plants. For example, one church of 200 people could focus on becoming a church of 1000 or they could seek to plant 5 churches of a similar size. Statistically speaking, 5 new churches of 200 will reach more people for Jesus than one existing church of 1000.
4. Church Centricity
There are always pressing needs within our churches. These needs can easily cloud our vision for an outward focus. The next program or building project may be the barrier to investing our resources in sending out new churches.
5. Don’t See the need for Multiplication
Before churches multiply, they need to see the need for it.
6. Absence of change management strategy
Many great ideas stall out midway when the hard work of change management is not practiced. Creating ownership of the multiplication vision is essential to overcome this barrier.
7. No Incentives
Without a clear picture of what a gift multiplying will be, people could miss out seeing what a positive reward sending new churches will be.
8. Debbie Downers
Those who consistently bring bad news and negative feelings about multiplying. “Why do we even need another church?”, “my last church tried that and it went terribly”… you get the idea
*Reference from Multiplication Today, Movements Tomorrow by Ed Stetzer and Daniel IM