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Starting an Associational Church Multiplication Movement

multiply-your-church-264x300Good strategy should create the right conditions for a church multiplication movement to reach every people group & population segment in our communities. Here’s five steps to an associational strategy for church multiplication:  

Step 1: Mobilize an Associational Missions or Church Planting Team. Intentionality will be best maintained by men & women with a heart for missions & church multiplication who work in concert with the Director of Missions & other partners to strategize for reaching the lost in the area.

Step 2: Conduct an Area-Wide Feasibility Study or Probe. A probe of the area should include intense demographic & ecclesiographic research. To maximize buy in, it may also include organizing a vision tour or windshield survey across the area with Pastors & church leaders. A probe may also include polling pastors & staff members & key leaders in the community about the need for new churches & ministries in the region.

Step 3: Map the Strategy based on the Probe. Combining extensive data collection with soundbites from organized efforts to determine needs, the church planting team should then be ready to go to a map & start pinpointing potential locations for churches & ministries. The LBC Engage Map can be a great tool for this & church planting priorities can immediately be available for recruiting planters & resources to projects determined by the the Church Planting Team via the world wide web.

Step 4: Discover & Develop qualified planters & team members. Once we know who we need to reach & where, we can best determine who we need to be looking & praying for to take on the mission of planting a church in that area. It will also help the state convention in planning resources & training events that will best assist planting in the region. Armed with data & vision for meeting the specific needs of communities we can be more intentional in gathering resources & recruiting partners & team members.   

Step 5: Network church planting leaders & enthusiasts for celebration, encouragement, health, & recruitment. Engaging the lost community through church planting will lead to stories that need to be told, wounds & scars that need to be healed, & greater interest in diving into the church planting pool. A regular network meeting in the region will be a great tool to keep the movement going & keep points going onto the map & multiplication of disciples, groups, & churches going for years to come.

Utilizing this strategy, one of our Louisiana associations has started 14 new churches since 2000, with only one failed plant. That’s a 93% success rate!  The Louisiana Baptists Missions & Ministry Team is here to assist with 10-3-1 Strategy Development. We can assist you & your team with each of these steps as we move toward a strategy that engages every person in Louisiana with the Gospel.  

10 Biblical and Practical Ways to Get Involved in Church Multiplication

PlantingThere’s no right or wrong way to support church multiplication in North American and beyond. I like this list. Don’t let failure of imagination or the excuse, “I don’t know how”, keep you and your church from engaging the lost through church planting and multiplication.

  1. Engage in strategic intercessory prayer – Proverbs 16:3.
  2. Adopt a church planter and his family – Philippians 4:14-15.
  3. Contribute to the financial needs of a church plant – Acts 11:29.
  4. Provide materials and equipment for a new church – Acts 11:30.
  5. Share your campus facilities with a new church – Acts 3:6.
  6. Serve on a church planting mission trip – Acts 12:25.
  7. Discover unreached or under-reached people in your community – Matthew 28:19.
  8. Start an outreach Bible study that could become a new church – Acts 16:32.
  9. Send people and families to help a church get off the ground – Acts 13:2-3.
  10. Mentor Church Planting leaders – Philippians 2:22.
Let me know of other ideas or if you’re interested in partnering in Southeast Louisiana.
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