Jesus established it Luke 9:1-6; 10:1-7; Matt.10:14
The Early Church practiced it Acts 2:46, 47; 5:42; 8:3; 12:12; 20:20
The CALLING of the 12 DISCIPLES Matt 10:1-2 And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease. NKJV
The CALLING of the 12 DISCIPLES Matt 10:5-7 These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: … And as you go, preach, saying… 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' NKJV 5
The CONTINUATION of the Church Acts 2:42-43 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. NKJV
The CONTINUATION of the Church Acts 2:46-47 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. NKJV
A. The church ceases to be centered upon a single person to do all the work; with the G12 Strategy, leaders are prepared for the task of the ministry (Eph. 4:12). B. Each believer, man or woman, youth or adult, professional or not, has the opportunity of devoting themselves to produce all of their spiritual potential. 1. LEADERSHIP IS DEVELOPED
Many complete the task, not just one person (Num. 11:10-30):
To look after the needs of the brethren
To give advice
To answer questions they have
To apply truth to their lives
To motivate them to serve
2. Pastoring becomes effective
There is a transformation of the Church from a small grocery store to a supermarket; from a small business that is maintained by one person to a type of mall that is maintained by a manager that has to sell, to pay employees, to buy and stock inventory, all the way down to cleaning. This growth is impossible with the traditional small church model; supporting it is contrary to God; He is not pleased with a small harvest or with a small catch of fish (Luke 5:4-6;13:6-9; Mark 11:12-14, 20; Matt. 9:36-38; Acts 2:47; 6:7). 3. The Church Grows exponentially
Geometric Growth 0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 3000 3500 4000 4500 5000 MEMBERS 1st YEAR 2nd YEAR 3rd YEAR 4th YEAR 5th YEAR
E X PONENTIAL GROW T H 0 10000 20000 30000 40000 50000 60000 70000 80000 90000 MEMBERS 1st YEAR 2nd YEAR 3rd YEAR 4th YEAR 5th YEAR
COMPARISON Geometric vs. Exponential 0 10000 20000 30000 40000 50000 60000 70000 80000 90000 MEMBERS 1st YEAR 2nd YEAR 3rd YEAR 4th YEAR 5th YEAR Geometric Growth Exponential Growth
The “bus-type” effect is eliminated ; that is to say, it’s always full with the same quantity, but thousands have passed through as passengers only for a short time. With the G12 Strategy, we will keep the new believers not only inside the Church, but we also will form them as the leaders of those that will continue arriving. 4. The back door is closed
Like a bonfire, all the flames keep burning, we too must stimulate each other to love and good works (Heb. 10:24). In this atmosphere it is difficult for someone to become separated from the Lord and the vision because of their closeness, when used in an appropriate way, this creates relationships as strong as a cord of three strands (Eccl. 4:9-12). 5. The brethren are strengthened
The limit for growth doesn't depend upon the size of the building because the vision doesn't depend upon four walls; but rather, the limit depends upon cell multiplication that turns our gaze outside of the church, rather than inside only (Matt. 9:35-38). If we lose this outward perspective of the church, we lose the end of the Church here in the earth (Mt.28:18-20). 6. The Church multiplies
Each believer is developed in the ministry by practicing in the cell (praying, advising, testifying, studying the Word, doing spiritual warfare, ministering, etc.) The best way of learning is to follow an example and to have supervised practice. First, we see, then we attempt to do something with the help of a teacher. This makes it possible for a believer to become the leader that God desires.
The Church produces Ministers
The talents and gifts of the brethren (given at the new birth) are discovered (Ex: serving)*. This helps them find their place in the Body of Christ so that they can be more productive. Our own body teaches us this. For example, the eyes are extremely useful when they are located exactly where God meant for them to be.
The Members Discover
* A type of tree can be discovered by sowing seeds. This is a slow but certain method.
A Church based on activities is not as strong as one that is based upon relationships. Activities come and go, but relationships last. In Acts 2:44-47 relationships are mentioned before the disciples’ activities. If we are not careful, many times activities can distract us from the true objective of our vision.
The Focus is on Relationships
rather than just Activities
The G12 strategy makes the participation of others in the work of ministry increase; when empowered, they work, promoting and protecting themselves in the vision, and as a result, their commitment is enlivened and strengthened. Traditional churches do not provide enough opportunities for other believers to serve, and because of this, they complain. 10. Commitment increases
In these three passages the function of the shepherd and the sheep is made clear: 1. Acts 6:1-4 2. Eph. 4:11, 12 3. Heb. 13:17 “ When the sheep carry their burden, the Shepherd is able to carry his.” 11. The Senior Pastor is FREE
In a persecution of the church or of its leader, the congregation that is organized through the G12 survives because it doesn't depend upon a single man, a single place or a single building. A man has a limited capacity; a building has limited space; but cells can increase every day without limit, and through the power of this method the church is consolidated. In spite of the limits of a man or of a building, cells will continue multiplying. 12. The Church survives
A man has a limited capacity, a building has limited space, but the G12 can increase every day without limit, and through the power of this method the church is consolidated. In spite of the limits of a man or of a building, the G12 groups will continue multiplying. 12. The Church survives