Could the theory of multiplication become our new guiding principle for church growth? What might this mean for us?
Could we be on the brink of a more dynamic and inclusive pattern of church life – could this become our ‘new normal’?
Could the solutions to many of our present problems be found in the pages of history? Should we look backwards, before we forge ahead?
The normal way that the human race has grown is through the multiplication of generations. Perhaps we should do likewise with the church?
Policy decisions about church growth have very real consequences. Here’s a modern-day case study of two different churches, to illustrate the point.
As we look for better ways to reach more people, we may find we need to ‘unlearn’ some of our deeply held assumptions.
If ‘every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets’, then when we do not like the results we see, we should take a closer look at our systems.
If we want the outcomes of our lives to be any different to what they currently are, maybe we need to change… ourselves.
As we move towards starting and multiplying new congregations, it helps to have a mental ‘map’ in mind – to steer our planning and implementation.
Establishing a family ‘lens’ on what is happening when we start a new congregation is helpful. Saying ‘farewell’ is easier than saying ‘goodbye’.