DEV 24PN Multiplication Principles

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Session 24: Church Multiplication Principles

In this session, you will discover key principles that God uses in all church planting movements around the world.

Heart of a Leader

  1. What are you learning about abiding in Christ? How are you practicing abiding through His Word, prayer, obedience, PCS, relationships and fellowship?
  2. In what areas of your life do you find it challenging to obey God?
  3. What unresolved conflict do you have?
  4. In what areas are you believing God by faith, beyond your own ability?

Celebration of Faithfulness

  • Share what has happened since the last meeting. Ask them to relate it to goals from the last meeting.

Iron on Iron: Sharpening Myself and Others

Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, one man sharpens another.”

  1. What is going well?
  2. What is not going well? What obstacles are you facing?
  3. What are possible solutions from the other group members?
  4. What do you need to do to add the missing characteristics into each group?
  5. Where will you start a new group or church this month?

Discovery Bible Study – Multiplication Principles

Section 1: Word, Prayer, Gospel

God’s Word: Matthew 7:24-29; 2 Timothy 3:10-17

Prayer: Acts 4:24-31; Colossians 4:2-4; Ephesians 6:18-20

Gospel Sharing: Mark 1:38; Luke 19:10; Acts 1:8

  • What caught your attention? (or What did you like best?) Why?


1. Complete Obedience to God’s Word.

2. Dependence on Extraordinary (Abundant) Prayer - Depend completely on God through prayer.

3. Abundant Evangelism - Urgently take the gospel to everyone in the target area.

Section 2: Intentional Multiplication of Healthy Home Churches

Church planting: Acts 14:23; Acts 15:41; Galatians 1:2

Home churches: Acts 2:46; Acts 5:42; Romans 16:5, 19; Colossians 4:15

Multiplication: Acts 6:7; Acts 9:31; Acts 12:24; Acts 16:5; Acts 19:20; Acts 28:31

Health: Matthew 22:36-39; Matthew 28:18-20

  • What caught your attention? (or What did you like best?) Why?


4. Intentional Church Planting

5. Churches meet in homes

6. Multiplication, Churches planting Churches – It is intentional

7. Healthy Churches

Section 3: Leaders are Local and Many Are Empowered

Local Leaders: Acts 14:21-23; Titus 1:5

Lay Leaders: Ephesians 4:11-13

Rapid: Acts 13:48-49; Acts 19:9-10


8. Local Leaders

9. Eph. 4 Leadership – Develop everyone to lead, not just paid workers

10. Rapid

Here are some common obstacles to church planting movements (this is in Bruce Carlton’s Acts 29 book, pg 243):

  • Extra requirements for being recognized as a “church” are imposed on new believers.
  • Becoming a Christian results in a believer’s loss of valued cultural identity.
  • New churches cannot overcome pre-existing Christian patterns.
  • Not investing in the highest value activities (evangelism and discipleship).
  • Trying to contain a church-planting movement within a single denomination stifles growth.
  • Planting churches that cannot reproduce locally stunts growth.
  • Money leading to subsidies creates dependency.
  • Churches require leaders to have qualifications that go beyond those that the Bible requires for leaders.

Preparing for Mission

Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses in living out these principles and Make a plan for improvement:

  • Are there good things that you are doing that might keep you from implementing your plan?
  • What things do you need to stop doing so you can do the right things or the best things?

I will ________ by ________