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Church growth mentality is the greatest hindrance to church multiplication.
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  • 1. Jesus commands us “Behold... lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!” John 4:35 (NKJV) “...open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” John 4:35 (NIV) Profile of the Harvest World Population 6.5 Billion Non-Christian 4.02 Billion Saved / Day 112,000 Die / Day 140,000 Born / Day 365,000 More Unsaved / Day 113,000
  • 2. The Harvest Engaged In The Book of Acts Acts 2:41 “Those who accepted [Peter’s] message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.” Acts 2:47 “And the LORD added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 4:4 “But many who heared the message believed, and the number of men grew to about five thousand.” Acts 5:14 “... more and more men and women believed in the LORD and were added to their number.” Acts 6:1 “In those days when the number of disciples was increasing...” Acts 6:7 “So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.” “...the number of disciples multiplied greatly...” Acts 6:7 ( KJV) Acts 9:31 “[The church] was strengthened by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the LORD.” Acts 11:21 “The LORD’s hand was with them and a great number of people believed and turned to the LORD.”
  • 3. The Harvest Engaged Today “Look at the nations and watch, and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe,even if you were told. Habakkuk 1:5 India *  In Madhya Pradesh State a Church Planting Movement produces 4,000 new churches in less than seven years. (2011 update: Before the year ended, 4,000 churches were planted, 1,000,000 plus baptized).  For more than a hundred years, the Bhodjpuri-speaking peoples was regarded as the “graveyard of missions and missionaries”. A Church Planting Movement started 16 years ago now results in more than 40,000 new churches and some 2 million new believers. Prayer meetings are now held in 3 mosques and 45 Muslim Imams are now baptized church planters. China *  In China more than 35,000 believers are baptized every day.  In Yanyin Province, a Church Planting Movement results in 130,000 new churches and more than 2 million baptized believers in just ten years *David Garrison, Church Planting Movements, (International Missions Board, Southern Baptist Convention 1999)
  • 4. The Big Drift in History 1) The Last Supper (30 A.D.) 2) Early House Church (1st – 3rd Centuries A.D.)
  • 5. 3) Early Basilica (4th Century A.D.)4) Roman Catholic (5th Century to Present)
  • 6. 5) Protestant Church (16th Century to Present)6) Modern Evangelical and Pentecostal Church (16th Century to Present)
  • 7. Modern Church Planting Movements in Asia Today What kind of churches? P.O.U.C.H churches. P: Participative Bible study and worship groups. Every member a contributor (1 Cor 14:26) Every member reproducing The leader is a facilitator. O: Obedience to Scripture by members and group is the sole measure of success. Bible as Authority, not a leader Bible says take the Gospel to every person Measure of obedience: Fruitfulness.
  • 8. U : Unpaid and multiple lay or bivocational church leaders Pay would limit pool of potential leaders. Pay would slow down multiplication. No seminaries.C : Cell groups or small independent churches of 10-15 members are usual. Simple churches or small congregations. Simple and replicable. Intimate setting for effective accountability. Keeps leadership task doable. A true spiritual family with a high sense of mutual concern.H : Houses or storefronts are typical meeting places. No expense frees resource for outreach. Encourages witness to family and friends.
  • 9. Why a church of 2,000 has less impact than 200 churches of 10 MEGACHURCH SIMPLE/ORGANIC CHURCH NETWORK (2,000 member congregation) (200 churches w/ 10 members each=2,000)Structure Attractional (“come”) Missional (“go”) Grows by addition, goal is to Grows by multiplication. Churches increase church attendance. remain small but gives birth to churches that gives birth to birthing churches.Reproduction Size cannot double in 6 months Can double in 6 monthsMembership role “Going to church” emphasis “Being church” emphasis Church is who we are 24 hrs/day, 7 days/week Every house/family is a center of prayer, evangelism, discipleship, healing and missions.Leadership Clergy, Minister’s burden Participative, every-member functioningFinances 80+ of resources spent on producing 80+ of finances can be used for the best Sunday services missions instead