Church Multiplication: Growing the Church Exponentially
The long-term health of any denomination or movement can be evaluated by two simple standards: the number of new churches born each year that survive and prosper; and the vigor and reproductive rate of its established of “adult” churches.
In the American Church today, some denominations are thriving, while many others are on the road to extinction. Declining denominations are marked by striking similarities — their members are getting older, their congregations are declining in size, and they start few new churches. Thriving denominations, on the other had, have a much younger demographic and they start many more new churches each year. Eventually declining denominations will become extinct unless they dramatically change their values and behaviors.
In this issue of Enrichment, we explore the topic of church multiplication from multiple perspectives. Hear compelling essays from: Mark Batterson, Neil Cole, Earl Creps, Dave Ferguson, David Kinnaman, Dave Mills, Dave Olson, Nelson Searcy, Ed Stetzer, and others
INTRODUCTION: Vigorously Planting New Churches
Gary R. Allen
David T. Olson
In the American church today, some denominations are thriving, while others are on the road to extinction. Will declining churches and denominations learn reinvigorating habits of health and growth? This is a vital question to ponder.
Unprepared church planters can quickly run into harvest fields that soon became killing fields. Consider how these church planting support systems will help stop the carnage
Six church planters from six demographic contexts share their practical insights that will benefit anyone who shares their common passion for church planting.
If we allow our failures to define us, they can ruin us. But failure handled properly is the best thing that can happen.
Rather than boomers putting their ministries on cruise control, now is the time for them to take a chance on church planting, to finish their careers playing offense rather than defense.
In church planting the three most important words have always been and will always be: “Relationship. Relationship. Relationship.”
To understand launching large, you must understand its two essential complementary components — launching quickly and launching from the outside in.
If you are among the growing numbers of churches that are considering reproducing through multiple locations, here are the seven most important questions you need to answer.
Are we planting religious organizations rather than planting the powerful presence of Christ?
Research on the emerging generations makes it clear that service to others is not an option if we are to be credible with people under 30.
Bob Roberts, Jr.
A pastor’s heart toward Kingdom ministry is not reflected in what he says or preaches about church planting, but rather in how many new churches he starts.
What can be done to initiate new congregations and minister effectively to a new generation? Here are some practical steps to consider.
Just as creating the U.S. Interstate System led to the rapid development of strong communities in every corner of this nation, so the Church Multiplication Network has the potential to revolutionize the way the Assemblies of God creates communities of faith among the “pre,” “un,” and “de” churched.
In Closing: We Are Here to Help
From the General Superintendent
George O. Wood
Consider these 10 elements in Acts 19 for a church plant that shakes a city.
Edgar R. Lee
Ministry And Medical Ethics
Christina M.H. Powell
Q&A For The Pastor’s Wife
Clergy, Church & Law
Richard R. Hammar
Iuniversity:Empowering Collegians for Christ
Harvey A. Herman
Everything But Preaching
From the Light Side: Sourdough, Ak
Jack Aiken And Torry “Moose” Martin
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