How to make sure you never see a multiplying movement

Researcher Jim Haney identifies 10 things prevent multiplication of disciples and churches:

  1. Living the myth that as a researcher, mobilizer, organizer, administrator, dynamic leader or resource provider, that you are exempt from making disciples of lost people.
  2. Spending too much time on things that do not make disciples of lost people.  (Family, organizing your video library, spending time on the computer, etc).
  3. Overemphasizing that you must gain cultural awareness before making disciples of lost people. Paul learned a lot about culture as he walked around Athens, but he never got very far until he quit debating and started sharing the Gospel.
  4. Sending missionaries to make disciples of lost people and planting churches who have not done this prior to appointment.
  5. That missionary teams that are stuck on seeing little fruit will see fruit one day if they remain on the field.  Leadership needs to diagnose where teams are stuck in their prayer life, witnessing, inviting to receive Christ, immediately gathering new believers into churches, empowering local leadership, using models that multiply and provide structure, accountability and presence to help teams get unstuck.
  6. Not knowing any lost people, witnessing to them or praying for them in the last 24 hours.
  7. Aiming too low.  I often see churches where its four old women, one old man (who is usually blind), and children.  Ask God for a man of peace who will believe and bring you to community leaders.  However, like Barnabas, we not only don't go after Saul, we are afraid of him even when we hear he has become a believer.
  8. A fuzzy vision of what you are on the field to do-engage, multiply churches, and see them join in the Great Commission.  
  9. That I have to know the worldview, language, and sell my father's cow before I can begin to witness to lost people.  (I already said this, but it bears repeating).
  10. Anything short of preparing your people group as if the King is coming.

170-Tracking Movements - Jim Haney

Missionaries Go Home

From the Wall Street Journal—Cash-Strapped Missionaries Get a New Calling: Home.

Peter and Jennie Stillman felt a divine calling to preach the gospel abroad. So the Southern Baptist couple left Texas with their three young daughters 25 years ago and became missionaries in Southeast Asia.

Now, the Stillmans are responding to a new call: early retirement. They are among hundreds of Southern Baptist missionaries working abroad who are being summoned home in a move to slash costs, after years of spending to support missionary work around the world led to budget problems.

The International Mission Board, an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention with 4,800 missionaries and 450 support staff, plans to cut 600 to 800 people from its workforce, a 15% reduction. It is starting by offering voluntary early retirement to veteran missionaries.

Since 2010, the organization has spent $210 million more than it has taken in, officials said. Last year, it had a $21 million shortfall.