Our vision to become an Acts 1:8 Movement can only succeed if we multiply, disciples, leaders and churches as we see being done in the ministry of Jesus and carried on through the early church as recorded in the book of Acts. Starting new churches was at the heart of this book.
My wife, father in-law, and I were in Greece and its Islands a few summers ago. We saw the cities of Ephesus, Corinth, and other places Paul journeyed to as he brought the gospel to this region. Yet, preaching wasn’t his only goal; he knew it was imperative to establish churches through these new believers so that the witness of Christ would continue, even when he moved on.
This missional emphasis is still at the heart of spreading the gospel around the world. In fact, it is commonly stated that church planting is the most effective form of evangelism and that it is a necessary vehicle for the continued expansion of the good news and the fulfillment of Jesus’ Great Commission to “go and make disciples.” People who study missions (missiologists) would say that in order to effectively penetrate an area with the gospel, you need one church for every 1,000 people in the urban areas and one church for every 500 people in the rural areas (The Value of Church Planting: Coe, Aaron). I would add to this by saying these need to be biblical, life-giving churches.
Effective evangelism through church planting among under-evangelized people groups must be a priority for the true church of Jesus Christ in our day. I personally believe that this will be one of the greatest tools the Holy Spirit uses to bring in the end times harvest before the return of Jesus to this earth. The Church Multiplication Training Center has rightfully said, “Denominations, Christian organizations, and churches that don’t learn to multiply usually spend their future dealing with division and subtraction.” Everyone knows that it is critical for any group to grow, but the secret to developing a strong and sustained ministry is multiplication.
“You shall be My witnesses … even to the remotest part of the earth.” –Jesus
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