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P5 MULTIPLICATION CENTERS

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There is a great need for churches that want to go beyond being occasionally involved in a new church plant. There are churches that have a vision to plant multiple churches over an extended time period. It should be our desire to come alongside these kinds of churches to help them be successful in fulfilling their vision.

This will help church with the P5 process:

  • Pray
  • Prepare
  • Partner
  • Parent
  • Plant

What can be provided churches that want to take this step? Over time we can:

  1. Help a multiplying church develop a tested process that produces qualified planting teams that are successful in planting new churches.
  2. Develop a system where the church planting candidates can be recommended with complete confidence because they have proven themselves in their local church. Acts 13:1-3.
  3. Develop a reproducible process, so that when a planter is successful, there is a good reason to say that the process is successful.
  4. Construct a training model that can be the most effective in the context where the planters will be hoping to plant.
  5. Cooperate with with church planting networks and associations in order to partner in this project which will foster encouragement and support for the church planting team.
  6. Provide training that is closely connected to field-based learning experiences. This is to allow a candidate to show success over time. Feedback and adjustment are an integral part of the learning experience.
  7. Provide a final evaluation that ensures that those called place themselves where they can be successful based on their knowledge/skills/wiring.

Multiplication centers are needed to develop a clear process of discipleship that leads potential church planting teams through an apprentice program which has four stages:

  • Stage 1: I do, you watch.
  • Stage 2: I do, you help.
  • Stage 3: You do, I help.
  • Stage 4: You do, I watch.

These are to be church-based training centers that have three major subsystems:

  1. Recruiting System – Finding Planters
  2. Training System – Providing what they need to know and a venue to develop the necessary skills. Develops disciple makers for church planting and the local church.
  3. Deployment System – Developing a strategy to place qualified planers on the field.

There are three levels of leaders that a multiplication center will hopefully produce:

  1. Leaders – these individuals will discern that God has called them to lead out in taking a team with them to plant a church.
  2. Team Members – these individuals are willing to relocate, find jobs, and help support the church planter.
  3. Champions – these people believe they should remain in their home church and they become champions of church

Here is a testimony from my home church where we started our frst center a couple of years ago:

“The Oasis pastors, staff, and church family are honored to have been invited by the BMAA to be a partner in launching a multiplication center. For several years at Oasis we have had men and women of all ages sense a call to ministry. Our challenge has been coaching them to discern the answers to three very important questions.

1. What’s my calling or ministry assignment?

2. Am I called to ministry leadership?

3. Where am I going to serve in order to answer the call or assignment God has given me?

We believe that through partnering with the BMAA by pouring into these men and women, giving them challenging yet practical tools, and coaching them along the way, that they will be able to identify and obediently respond to God’s call on their lives. It’s our goal to identify, equip, and release these leaders to allow God to accomplish his purposes through their lives.

At Oasis we currently have one Multiplication Center in many locations. Those involved meet together in small groups located in Maumelle, Little Rock, North Little Rock, and Bryant. We believe that through the multiplication center, calls will be answered and we will produce disciples that produce disciples.”

Todd West

P.J. Noland

Oasis Church

www.insideoasis.com