Church Multiplication

Church Multiplication

The Christ Church CNI, Chandigarh is committed to the Great Commission vision of multiplying disciples. The multiplication of churches is an effective tool to opening the door to making more and better disciples.

The Reason

  1. There are an estimated 100+ million unchurched people in the India.
  2. There are areas of the India that are experiencing strong population growth but have inadequate numbers of churches.
  3. New communities respond to new churches.
  4. God has given us a vision for the unchurched, which includes those who are church damaged, church dropouts or have previously experienced no felt need to seek the Lord.
  5. Our objective is to obey our Lord in His command to make disciples.
  6. Through the broadening of our home church base we have a greater capacity to develop churches worldwide.
  7. Each new church provides the opportunity for the expression and development of specific and unique spiritual gift among Christian leaders.

 

While growing from 60 churches to 110 churches, the Missionary Church has become a leader in disciplemaking and church planting.

The work God is doing is resulting in 30-40 new churches and 6,000 to 7,000 new disciples each year. In most of the past 15 years, the Missionary Church has been one of the three fastest growing denominations in the India

The need for more disciples and more churches has never been greater. In nearly every part of the India, two-thirds or more of the people are in need of a relationship with Christ.

Often the question is asked, “What kind of churches do you start?” The answer is, “All kinds.” The bottom line is we will start any model of new church that is biblically sound and multiplies disciples. Such churches reflect who the Missionary Church is and has been throughout its history-committed to Scripture and the Great Commission.

Our methods have changed. Many of our new churches are started by bi-vocational church planters. Most of our new churches receive only 72,00,000 to 180,00,000 in start-up funds from district, regional or national sources within the Missionary Church. For many it is less than half that amount.

Yet the fact is we have more opportunities to start new churches than we have funding to support. We need your help. We need you to join us in funding new churches.

Each month you will receive Church Plants & Planters, our email newsletter, updating you on the church plant of the month and giving you information on the church planter. You will also receive a receipt of your contribution and a remittance form and an envelope for your next gift.

VALUES

  • We value the church as the visible expression of Christ in the world.
  • We value new churches for the fresh and stronger bonding they bring to our network of churches.
  • We value a spontaneous and multiplying indigenous church planting.
  • We value the Great Commission through winning, building, equipping, sending and multiplying disciples.
  • We value connection, cooperation and relationships among people, churches, districts, ministry agencies and even other denominations that are committed to building God’s kingdom.
  • We value relevancy to the culture to which a church is ministering.
  • We value a biblical orientation and foundation.
  • We value the utilization of both lay and pastoral gifts and involvement.
  • We value the power and direction of the Holy Spirit

SCOPE

The People

People associated with a Missionary Church are challenged to rethink their own involvement in Christian living, witness, service and giving. We challenge people to win people to Christ, disciple them and spread the mission of the gospel of Jesus Christ at home and abroad through the multiplication of growing churches.

The Churches

Every Missionary Church is challenged to review her opportunities, blessings, leadership, and commitment and lay plans for church multiplication. The next major wave of church plants will come as a result of existing churches parenting new churches.

The Districts

Each district is challenged to develop a church multiplication vision and strategy that maximizes resources to address the needs and opportunities within its borders. The encouragement of individuals and local churches to be involved in multiplying churches as well as venturing into new territories can all be used of God to expand His kingdom.

The Denomination

Church multiplication is a challenge for the Missionary Church with all her churches and agencies to build a stronger base to reach our world for Christ. We recognize the importance of utilizing the resources of the denomination to assist our districts in developing a vital church multiplication ministry.

The denomination is committed to cooperation with the individual districts at the level of their need. This cooperation may be as minimal as consultation and encouragement or as advanced as major oversight and development.

The denomination is also committed to the development of new churches and districts in areas outside current district boundaries. God has opened the door for the Missionary Church to move into new areas of the U.S.

VISION

Church multiplication is a challenge for the Missionary Church to reach our world for Christ. We recognize the importance of utilizing the resources of the denomination to assist in developing a vital church multiplication ministry. In 2010 the Missionary Church committed to planting 250 churches in the next five years.

The denomination is also committed to the development of new districts. New districts are being envisioned and developed within existing regions and districts as well as in areas outside current regional or district boundaries. The shared vision of the denomination anticipates 20 new districts being started in the next five years.

With a new awareness and passion for the cities of America, the Missionary Church as committed to initiating discipling and church multiplication ministries in 20 new cities in the next five years.

Strategic Process

Church Planting doesn’t just happen. We recognize it takes the work of God to change lives and build the church.

We approach the fulfillment of our church planting vision with plans and strategies that we believe God has enabled.

Prayer

Prayer is foundational to our strategy. Church planting is a spiritual matter. Without the power of God we cannot take the strongholds of Satan.

We ask church planters to build a team of at least 25 prayer partners who will pray for them daily.

We are also building a team of people who will pray for our church-planting ministry and for God to send more church planters into the harvest field.

Assessment

Church planters have unique gifts, abilities and skills. We assess potential church planters through behavioral interviews and other testing to determine their qualifications and to build an appropriate support system to help them be effective in ministry. We confirm our pre-assessment with an independent assessment.

This screen process has increased the effectiveness of our church plants. It has enabled us to tailor our coaching and support to each church planter’s needs.

We provide a Church Planting Self-Assessment which can help confirm how God is leading one to be involved in Church Planting.

Training

The Church Multiplication has significantly impacted our church planting process. This training helps church planters apply the principles of church planting to the community where their project is focused.

It has not only benefited the Missionary Church, but also more than 110 other denominations and mission agencies. It also provides training for parent churches, restart churches, culturally oriented church plants and the redevelopment of existing churches.

Coaching

Each church planter is assigned a coach for the initial two years of the church plant. The coach and planter meet monthly for encouragement, accountability and consultation.

Networks

Support and encouragement are important in the early years of a new church. We involve church planters in a network with other church planters to help sharpen skills and maintain focus.