Why The Goal is Multiplying Churches: A Case Study
If you’ve been reading the blog for any length of time, you know that I am a huge fan of simple, multiplying discipleship and church planting. The problem is so few people have seen examples of disciple and church multiplication that I find it helpful to provide examples when I find them. This most recent example came from a new Facebook Friend, Lee Wood:
I trained Edward Kisembo and his 6 key leaders two months ago in Uganda. He Edward has launched 20 groups and last week they lead 103 people to Christ and launched many more groups in homes. Jude is a key leader who started one group of believers who he trained to all start groups. Those 5 groups have lead 12 people to faith and launched two new groups. Multiplying spiritual families (groups) is training every disciple to hear/accept, obey and spread all Jesus’ commandments. They trained this entire group of people to do the same thing in Rwanda the last two days.
All Disciples Are Involved
“The main purpose of life is to glorify the Lord. We can do this best when we know Him most intimately and serve Him most fervently. It is God’s intention is for every disciple to be engaged in ministry. Those who are gifted with the five leadership gifts in Ephesians 4:11-12 are to equip those with other gifts to do the work of the ministry, which results in the building up of the Body of Christ. Though each believer has a different gifting and a unique calling, everyone is to be engaged in living out the Great Commandment (Matt. 22:37-40) and carrying out the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18- 20).
If we are living out the Great Commandment then we will be making reproducing disciples because part of the disciple-making process is “teaching them to obey everything I [Christ] have commanded” and the Commission itself is one of those commands. Hence, every believer should by definition be involved in making reproducing disciples. It is a short step from this toward starting reproducing spiritual communities (churches) because several of the other commands demand a spiritual community to carry out. Reproducing disciples will result in reproducing churches as a matter of obedience.” -Curtis Sergeant