How to create and sustain a multiplying culture in our churches
For a cultural idea to become a reality, it must start and be lived out at the top. The influence of a leader and their actions is paramount for something to truly become a cultural norm. This is an absolute truth for churches that desire to become level 4 and 5 multiplying churches.
With that said, we must also realize the importance of our key leaders in recognizing the goal of multiplication. If a church’s leader believes in the goal of multiplication but the team around him doesn’t, you will have an up hill battle to success. Why?
If your key leaders are not completely bought in, they will work against you even if it is unintentional. Human nature likes what it knows and human nature likes what is comfortable. Multiplication can challenge both of those norms. If your staff is not bought in you will struggle to find the right leaders who are trained and equipped to be sent out. . If your staff is not bought in your congregation will see multiplication more as a negative than a positive. . So as you are navigating this idea of multiplying congregations don’t forget to include your team in the discussion. Make sure that you give them a chance to wrestle with the idea before you just dictate it. Include them as early as possible in the process so that they have the proper time to hear the idea, process it, wrestle with it, challenge it, influence it and ultimately own it.
Once they are owners then you can begin to equip them to adopt a multiplication mindset in their area, which will provide the right leaders needed for multiplying congregations. Here are some practices we recommend your key leaders live out in ministry:
Develop leaders that develop other leaders. We must help our teams realize that their job is not to run programs but to develop leaders that develop leaders. (Ephesians 4:11-14) Live out the principle of apprenticeship. We can throw information at people all day long, and this is important but insufficient. We must give people an opportunity to see and experience what ministry looks like. We need to adopt 5 simple steps to apprenticeship:I do, you watch.I do, you help.You do, I help.You do, I watch.You do, and find someone else to watch.Platform people. In other words allow others to not just participate but to own the ministry. Give them the keys. But in order for this to happen, we have to be ready to get off the platform to make room for others to lead. This takes humility and a commitment to give permission for others to try and fail along the way.
We cannot multiply an organization unless we are multiplying individuals. So, going forward contemplate what does it look like to multiply individual disciples in your context?
Executive and Lead Campus Pastor
True Hope- Collister