Movement Principles

How to make sure you never see a multiplying movement

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

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  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

51% empty or 49% full?

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Researchers asked 1094 Australians who do not regard themselves as Christians:

How open are you to changing your religious worldview?

A majority of 51% are not open at all.

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So you can agonize over how to change the 51% who are resistant, or you can change your perspective and ask,

How do we connect with the 49% who are at least partially open?

An even better question is,

How do we connect with the 17% who are extremely, significantly or somewhat open?

Are we washing our hands of the 51%? No way. We're just following the example of Jesus and the early church by looking for receptive people who become the bridges to reaching less responsive people in their world.

What is the most compelling reason for someone in the 51% coming to Christ? The witness of a friend or family member from the 49% who has been recently converted.

Ask my dad, he was a 51 percenter.