In the next two years, all we need is 25% of our existing churches to start one new disciple-making community in order to reach our 2020 goals!
Ok, yes, in all integrity, the number is more like 27.1% but that number certainly isn’t as catchy, so I hope there is grace for me to round down! BUT, if we could accomplish 25%, I would venture to guess that would be the biggest two-year growth period in the history of our fellowship! What’s crazy about planting 300 churches in two years is that it is absolutely achievable! We currently have close to 1200 existing churches, multisites and missional communities. If a 25% increase gets us to our goal, what are we waiting for?
I think one common misconception with church planting is that every new work has to be a traditional church. Planting traditional modelled churches will fit with some of our churches, but we want this vision to be broader. What we are looking for is new disciple-making communities and those can take many different shapes. Maybe you are in a rural community - Could you drive 20 minutes to a neighbouring community and start an Alpha group? When we plant the Gospel, disciple-making communities grow! Maybe you’re in a suburban church in your city - Could you look at starting something in the urban core? Maybe your church is in two services - Could you hive off 75-100 to start a new multisite? What about starting something new at your local University or College campus? Is there a cultural language group in your church or community that your church could partner with? There are lots of ways to help us move closer to our 2020 vision of seeing 1500 disciple-making communities. Let’s think beyond the traditional model.
The District and National offices want to help you take the guesswork out of church multiplication. We have a lead team comprised of seasoned leaders from each district that can help you with church multiplication. As well, feel free to send me an email - I would love to help and support any way I can!
Could you take some time to pray about this? Please, set some time aside this week to ask God what you can do to help reach people far from God in Canada through church multiplication. It does seem daunting with our recent past growth patterns, but let’s together be a group of pioneering leaders that bring a fresh season of growth. Let’s see 300 churches planted in two years! Let our faith rise to new levels and believe that our God can help us! Because every Canadian deserves an access point to the Gospel!
Multiply Network Coordinator