“We often over-estimate what we can do in 1 year but under-estimate what we can do in 10!”
Now, just over two years into this role, I understand more of what Bill Gates is getting at. It’s going to take time to course correct. Jesus, in one instance, described the Kingdom as yeast and mustard seed; it grows slow but goes everywhere. I’m reminded that we must stay at this; we must be willing to sacrifice and change. Church multiplication can’t be a fad that fades but a mission that grows in our hearts every day, month and year because every Canadian deserves an access point to the Gospel.
There is still much to do... and one of those things is to inspire our PAOC family on why we should multiply our churches, why we should re-prioritize for church multiplication, and why now is the time to do it. We must be clear on our “why”?
Here are 6 compelling reasons why I think church multiplication must stay a primary missional priority in 2020 and beyond!
Every minute we are passive about the Great Commission, we increase the burden for our kids and grandkids.
We will lose much of the next generation if we don’t create new expressions of church.
Here is a stat is from “8 Launch Wins: A Study of 1,500-Plus New Churches and Multisite Campuses” by Warren Bird, Ph.D., of the Leadership Network: “The majority of attenders in churches or multisite campuses started in the last 5 years are 35 years of age or younger. (62% are millennials or younger)”
If we don’t aggressively adjust our church multiplication strategies, our current PAOC trajectory 30 years from now will result, at best, in a plateau.
Missiologists and researchers generally agree that planting new churches is the most effective way to reach people in Canada.
It’s who we are as Pentecostals. It’s in our DNA, and our 100-year history in Canada proves it.
Jesus cares about Canadians so deeply, we must as well!
We must all continue to seek the heart of God and His direction to help us navigate an unpredictable future. But are we willing to obey what God’s asking us to do or change? What are some new models of ministry yet to be tried? What do we need to say no to so we can strengthen our yes? What systems need to change? What does a fellowship with a multiplication culture look like? What can we do now? These are great questions that all of us get to answer.... together!
It’s time! We have been pushing for a while at church multiplication and some momentum is now building. Conversations are starting, passion is growing, God’s heart for Canada is being shared with our leaders and churches. Now is the time to push even harder! And we need your help - Please keep praying, pushing, and making the hard choices necessary for us to be the movement we need to be so all Canadians can be reached with the life-saving message of Jesus!