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April 3, 2019

Creating a Network of Multiplying Churches

By New Churches Team

Launching Differently

In 2012, Drew Hyun launched his first church, Hope Church NYC, that went on to become a family of churches. They’ve since launched nine churches (one has left to start their own network). This network of churches has several unique qualities. All of the churches are called Hope. They are interdenominational, currently working with three denominations. But they have a theological and cultural core to keep them together. Each church is legally and financially independent. The network is based on low control but high relationship. All of the pastors spend 8 to 10 hours a month together in prayer and resourcing.

Based in New York City, the network is trying to reach 8.5 million people in the 5 boroughs – 21 million people who are in the city during the workday. What captivates their imagination is not how to be the biggest church but starting a movement that could impact the 8.5 to 21 million people. There is no space they could rent that would be big enough to reach all of those people in one place, so instead they focus a sending culture.

A Subversive Rationale

When thinking about a church planter, most people think about someone who is super gifted, driven, works like mad, and has a strategic mind. But this mindset often leads to burnout. One early decision Drew made was that along with weekly sabbaths, pastors would take a three-month sabbatical every three years. This three-month sabbatical was a safeguard toward burnout. To make a three-month sabbatical a reality, they had three years to make themselves dispensable. They didn’t want the church to be reliant on one person. Instead, the church network is a movement where everyone is playing their part. The subversive pathway toward multiplication is to not work more but to work less by developing other people in your stead. This is an exercise in leadership development, so the next generation can lead in your place.

A Plan for Sabbath

The idea of regular sabbaths started with the idea of living healthy rhythms.

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