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MULTIPLYING MULTIPLIERS

 

Multiplying

In our pursuit of leading multiplication, churches must dedicate themselves to providing a healthy environment for followers of Christ to become leaders by providing support, encouragement, and accountability.  Discipleship and leadership development require an obedience mechanism, and accountability to support them.  Here is the question; Does your church really want to be a church on mission with Christ?

Dr. David DeVries puts it this way, “Missional living is about being Jesus to everyone everywhere.  Every Christian has been sent on mission by Jesus to be Jesus!  How does a church transform from a church that is not multiplying disciples to one that is?

First, it is about motivation.

Are you satisfied with not making disciples?  When we repent for our lack of burden for the lost there is a sudden burst of energy to share our faith but all too often it is short lived.  It is like exercise when an individual decides to get in shape and begins to do what is necessary by joining a gym or buying a pair of running shoes, but many times it does not last if the individual has no one for support, encouragement, and accountability.  Why?  Because God never meant for us to change alone.  Motivation diminishes when left to itself.

Second, it is about association.

Transformation does not primarily come from classes, seminars, books, or large-group ministry events (which are informational), but through significant relationships that influence us and support us in our effort to be like Christ.  The church says they want to change but unfortunately before long it is back to business as usual.  To develop spiritual behaviors and habits requires doing the right thing enough times that it becomes instinctive and that requires not doing it alone.

Change is a team sport.  The fact that we are made for relationships is so deeply encoded in us that no individual can fulfill the call of God on their life without other people.  People fail to change because they fail to draw on the resources God has provided.  Tony Stoltzfus says, “Personally, I’ve reached the point where I don’t even try to change a habit on my own any more—it simply wastes too much energy.”  The point is that one must become two, two becomes four, and then multiplication can become a reality.

Third, there must be application.  It is not enough to talk about multiplication; it must happen because lost people all around us need Jesus.  The lowest common denominator in the church in the formula for multiplication is the disciple.  Cows make cows, cats make cats, and disciples are to make disciples.  It is not just making disciples but it is making disciples that make disciples that make disciples.  Multiplication cannot be proven until the fourth generation and maybe this is why some churches are in trouble because somewhere along the journey they stopped making the main thing the main thing.

Jim Putman says there are three necessary ingredients for discipleship and multiplication n to take place:

  • An Intentional Leader + A Relational Environment + A Reproducible Process

Discipleship and multiplication is for every child of God not just the pastors, deacons, elders, church staff, or the spiritual elite.  If all of us would become passionate about making disciples then we would multiply, our Sunday School classes would multiply, our Small Groups would multiply, and our churches would multiply.  Where does it begin?  We must start at the lowest common denominator; every disciple.

If God has motivated you to change find someone to walk alongside of you and pray that you will become two and then four and then eight and watch multiplication occur.  Dr. Dave DeVries puts it this way, “When you commit to follow Jesus, you are saying, ‘Count me in!  I am here on earth to partner together with other Christians who are radically devoted to pursuing Christ’s mission of saving the world!’”

Please remember leaders that we will always go farther if we lead by example than if we just point the way!