Swifter, smaller, simpler – How can we help?

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I’ve mentioned this theme a few times over the past few days.  It refers to the current focus/desire of the church we are part of to see a greater impact on our city through planting and multiplication.  It resonates strongly with what I’ve been praying for, talking about and seeking to encourage and help with… Continue reading Swifter, smaller, simpler – How can we help?

Don’t let your church try to rebuild Babel

I’ve shared a couple of articles over the past few days about giving space to grow and permission to grow to a church. However, I want to spend a bit of time here focusing on one of the downsides and risks with a focus on growing one single congregation.  In Genesis 11, the descendants of… Continue reading Don’t let your church try to rebuild Babel

When is the right time to plant a new church?

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This is one of the big questions for churches and individuals looking at church planting.  Usually answers given will talk in terms of the pre-requisite health requirements of the existing church. Is it numerically strong enough to send people out? Does it have enough people covering existing ministries? Is its leadership team robust and healthy… Continue reading When is the right time to plant a new church?

Space to Grow – should we expect churches to grow and multiply?

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Living things tend to grow.  This means that I would generally expect healthy churches to be growing and as well as this being seen in spiritual growth as members are discipled in Christ, it should also include numerical growth as well.  So, as you think about your local church context and look ahead, do you… Continue reading Space to Grow – should we expect churches to grow and multiply?

Pandemic or Tsunami proofing Gospel multiplication

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The other day, I talked about things that can prove obstacles to Gospel multiplication. At the end, I mentioned something specific to our current circumstance. I do not think that we were Tsunami proof. We were not ready for the crisis of the pandemic. There has been multiplication but it was vulnerable and fragile.  Of… Continue reading Pandemic or Tsunami proofing Gospel multiplication

Gospel Maths should = multiplication

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In Genesis 1, humans receive a commission, a mandate to multiply and to fill the earth. In Matthew 28, this is mirrored by the Great commission, a mandate to make disciples or in other words to spiritually multiply.  It is worth noting that in Matthew 9 the problem identified is not that the harvest is… Continue reading Gospel Maths should = multiplication