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October 12, 2017

5 Steps to Producing a Multiplying Culture in your Church

By Daniel Im

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Building a church around a mission of multiplication, not a man

Before becoming the Directional Leader of CourageToLead.com, Shawn Lovejoy served as the Lead Pastor of Mountain Lake Church, where he led a culture of multiplication that has planted 12 churches in the last 16 years. Shawn shared, in this Behind-The-Scenes video, how he has gotten to reproduce himself in young men and women throughout the years and has now handed off his role as Lead Pastor to pursue coaching pastors across America. One of the most important things that Shawn learned along the way was to create a culture that focused on multiplication and not a single person. Shawn shared valuable ways to do so.

Why would you want to build a multiplying church?

Before delving into how to build a culture of multiplication in your church, it is vital to understand why it matters. In Matthew 28:16-20, Jesus commissions the disciples to go into the nations and make disciples. Not only does Jesus Himself command multiplication, but a multiplying culture is also the most effective model of evangelism. Shawn shared how their ministry became more stable and secure in the long run because of their church’s shift toward a multiplying culture. Additionally and more importantly, he said that it is more honoring to Jesus when the church is built on a mission of multiplication and not a man.

Many pastors may have reservations or fears when it comes to church planting and multiplication. They put it off for reasons such as not having enough people or volunteers or not enough money. Shawn compares it to young couples who postpone having children because they don’t feel ready—if you don’t start sometime, you’ll never do it! There is something special and powerful about new churches. “New churches produce passion and momentum,” Shawn said. By starting new works of ministry, churches can experience this passion and momentum.

1. Make today the day

The first step to producing a multiplying culture in your church is to make a move. If you wait until it’s comfortable, paid for, and secure, you’ll never reproduce and multiply. Begin the process by prayerfully investing in other ministries and churches and celebrate how God is working. You have to make today the day you decide to be a multiplying church.

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  • “It is more honoring to Jesus when the church is built on a mission of multiplication, and not a man.”-@shawnlovejoy
  • “New things produce new passion and momentum.” –@shawnlovejoy
  • “What we measure reveals what we think matters—our motives and our priorities.”-@shawnlovejoy
  • “What we measure most should matter most to Jesus.” –@shawnlovejoy
  • “Are we trying to build a mega ministry machine that feeds consumers, or are we trying to build a missionary sending station?” –@shawnlovejoy

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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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