[featured_image]If you are planting a church, what should be your first priority?

It has to be multiplying disciples and small groups!

Jesus didn’t send His disciples to start worship services. He sent them to make disciples.

Every believer is sent on mission to make disciples who make disciples!
[Check out The Multiplication Cycle™ – it’s a helpful tool to get you started.)

First Multiply Small Groups, Then Launch Worship Gatherings

A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to listen to Pastor Rick Warren discuss small groups and worship gatherings with church planting leaders at the Church Planters Leadership Forum (CPLF) in Nashville.

I appreciated his perspective on the structure of the church:

The New Testament teaches two structures, not one. “In the temple courts and house to house.” Large group worship on weekends and small groups during the week.

Worship gets better with more. I’d rather worship with 60 then 6. With 100 than 10.

Fellowship gets better the smaller it is – less than 10.

The bigger the church the more hassle to get in. The only people who like large churches are pastors.

I know what it’s like to pastor 10 and 10,000. A crowd is not a church. A crowd can turn into a church.

Church plants need to focus on multiplying small groups of disciplemakers AND bringing those groups together for celebrative worship! It needs to be Both/And — not either/or.

What does it take to turn a crowd into a church? An intentional strategy for multiplying small groups!

Many church planters start with launching worship gatherings when they have few (if any) small groups started. Don’t start worship gatherings until after you’ve started small groups. [Read – When to start worship services]

Today’s Missional Challenge

If you are starting a church, first multiply small groups, then launch worship services.

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