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January 21, 2016

4 Essentials to Become a Multiplying Church

By Daniel Im

Every month, Plus Members get video enhanced training from Ministry Grid on topics like leadership, ministry systems, residencies, multiplication, church planting, and multisite. This month, Mike McDaniel, the Pastor of Church Planting and Leadership Development at The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, NC and the Director of The Summit Network, talks about How to Become a Multiplying Church.

*Plus Members can watch this entire Video Training by logging in and clicking here.

What Prohibits Churches From Multiplying?

Have you ever been ice fishing? Just search “ice fishing” in Google or YouTube and you’ll discover an entire sub-culture built around it. The difference between fishing and ice fishing is the presence of ice. Instead of spreading out and casting your line in whichever direction you’d like, when you ice fish with others, you have to all cast your line in the same little hole that you drilled through the ice.

Can you imagine five or six people all fishing together around a 6” hole? Talk about saturating a small fishing hole. It only seems logical, the more fishers you have, the more holes you need.

Similarly, according to Mike McDaniel, Church Planting Pastor at the Summit Church, churches are fishing in the same hole and catching the same fish when it comes to church planters. As a result, it prohibits churches from actually multiplying church planters and thus churches. In order to solve this issue—and to see a movement of multiplication within the Church (large C)—more churches need to become multiplying churches. In other words—to use the ice fishing metaphor—they need to create their own fishing holes. By establishing their own holes, they can catch, train, and send their own church planters and witness more churches planted.

In this training video for Plus Members, Mike addresses four essentials for a church to become a multiplying church.

1. Multiplying churches cast a clear vision for multiplication.

Almost every church’s mission statement I’ve seen communicates, in some manner, a desire to multiply. But the vision seems to only include the micro multiplication of disciples. Don’t get me wrong; this is a great vision! However, the problem is that it’s too narrow. In order for a church to become a multiplying church, it needs to include a vision of macro multiplication—the reproduction of churches. Mike contends that vision creates leaders. And when you cast a God-given, God-glorifying vision of multiplication, the Holy Spirit works to raise up leaders.

2. Multiplying churches identify potential church planters.

Have you ever seen a “Where’s Waldo” picture? In order to be able to find Waldo, you need to know what he looks like and be aware of the places he might be hiding. In the same way, Mike points out that in order for churches to identify potential planters, they need to know what they are looking for, and be aware of where they may be hiding out. Not surprisingly, the best place to find church planters, according to Mike, is the local church.

3. Multiplying churches develop potential planters

I think sometimes people misunderstand what it means to develop planters. In short, to develop is to disciple. Development and discipleship are synonymous. This is why Mike states that developing potential planters is fundamentally about making disciples. According to Mike, one of the reasons many church plants fail is because of the character of the planter. And character is a discipleship issue, not a strategy issue…

To read the rest of this point, and learn about the fourth essential to become a multiplying church, click here for the full video and post.

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Tweetables from the Video:

  • Churches are fishing in the same hole when it comes to church planters, which prohibits a multiplication movement.
  • Turning a local church into a fishing hole for church planters is one of the best ways to experience multiplication.
  • @mikermcd presents four essentials for how a church can become a multiplying church.
  • For a church to become a multiplying church, it needs to include a vision of macro multiplication—the reproduction of churches.
  • Vision creates leaders.
  • Developing potential planters is fundamentally about making disciples.
  • Multiplying churches don’t give their leftovers, they give their first fruits. In other words, they give their best!
  • Local churches must realize they are the fishing holes that have the potential of identifying, training, & sending planters.



Daniel Im

Daniel Im (@danielsangi) is the Director of Church Multiplication for NewChurches.com at LifeWay Christian Resources. He is a Teaching Pastor at The Fellowship, a multisite church in Nashville. He is the author of No Silver Bullets: Five Small Shifts that will Transform Your Ministry, and co-author of Planting Missional Churches: Your Guide to Starting Churches that Multiply (2nd ed) with Ed Stetzer. He also co-hosts the New Churches Q&A Podcast, the 5 Leadership Questions Podcast, and a brand new podcast with his wife on marriage and parenting called the IMbetween Podcast. He has an M.A. in Global Leadership and has served and pastored in church plants and multisite churches ranging from 100 people to 50,000 people in Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, Korea, Edmonton, and Nashville. Visit Danielim.com to learn more.


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