What happens if you take decades of practical research on the culture of church multiplication, distill it into its simplest form and let Rabbit (from the Rabbit and the King video) play with it? You’d get a new, full color resource called Multiply Your Impact: Making the Leap from Church Maintenance to Gospel Movement.
We are giving congregational developers from across the country a sneak peak at the resource at the School for Congregational Development in Denver on Thursday, August 15.
Not fair, you say? In the spirit of celebration, we are offering the book at a discounted price of $9.99 until the end of August and you can download the PDF of the book for $.99.
Still want more? Here’s a taste from the book’s introduction:
In this dynamic era, churches need nimble leadership: people who are ready to partner with God in order to maximize their impact and blessing on the world as followers of Jesus Christ. In North America, after decades of various incremental church-growth schemes, our churches are mostly shrinking (and closing). Furthermore, growth for growth’s sake feels quite empty to many people in an era where society has overdosed on constant market expansion as a way toward prosperity.
Anywhere in the world where we see the Christian movement thriving, the average church size may or may not be growing—but faith communities are multiplying! Churches with multiplication DNA do not focus on maintaining the status quo plus a little growth to cover normal attrition. Nor do such churches set modest growth goals for themselves as a knee-jerk response to years of decline. These churches are not focused on growing their church business. They are focused on making disciples to change and bless the world.
So forget church growth! In the twenty-first century, it is multiply or dry up. There doesn’t seem to be another alternative.
Ministry must be multiplied. The game has to change.
We believe that any church can reclaim the foundational multiplication DNA of the Jesus movement. Unfortunately, too few leaders and churches understand what it takes and what it looks like to multiply their impact to bring more of God’s reign to earth.
We hope this booklet helps you internalize the concept of multiplication so your church might move more boldly with God. We pray this boldness empowers concrete and constructive next steps that create new places of spiritual community and transformation with new people.
The eight concepts contained here are succinct. Each one builds on the other to create a culture of multiplication.
1. Understand the Multiplication Game.
2. Tend the Soil.
3. Raise the Spiritual Temperature.
4. Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing.
5. Build Positive Relationships.
6. Savor the Gift of Diversity.
7. Lead with Your Strengths.
8. Be Nimble.
We can’t wait to hear what you and your congregation do next!