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’.
If we are convinced that God’s kingdom is advanced by multiplication, then we must persevere until we see what we believe is possible.
Maybe you are called to be a leader. Maybe you are called to develop other leaders. Maybe you are called to be both – and to multiply.
At times like these, those of us who lead others have a special responsibility to encourage them, and keep their spirits up.