The Multiplication Cycle™ Cards
The Multiplication Cycle™ is a simple process that enables any believer to join in Jesus’ mission. It emphasizes making disciples who make disciples as the pre-requisite for starting churches.
The Multiplication Cycle™Card is a helpful tool to focus on the necessary elements to start churches by making disciples. You will find it useful for initiating conversations with church planters, team members, and any believer who is aligning their life with Jesus’ mission!
Each section includes a brief summary of that element followed by two questions to explore further.
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Seize Jesus’ Mission
Seizing Jesus Mission means aligning your life with His mission – recognizing you’ve been commissioned to make disciples! As you align our lives with Jesus’ mission, instead of focusing first on starting worship services to make disciples, embrace Jesus’ method of ministry, which was to make disciples who make disciples who make disciples to fulfill His mission.
Adopt Missional Thinking and Behaviors
We’ve been sent on mission to make disciples who make disciples, so we start thinking and acting like missionaries (“Sent Ones”). This requires significant shifts in the way we view ourselves and the purpose of the church. Being on mission with Jesus will be seen in our values and behaviors.
Mobilize Leaders and Teams
The church planter must continue to raise up leaders and teams which are then sent out to complete The Multiplication Cycle™ again – making more disciples who make disciples and preparing to start more disciplemaking groups and new churches all over the place.
Exegete the Culture
Just like good Bible study starts with exegeting a specific text, as missionaries we seek to exegete and understand the specific culture to which God has sent us with the gospel message. We try to discover what’s unique about the harvest field around us – and how God is already working. Then we can communicate the gospel message in relevant ways.
Form Communities → Churches
Those who start to follow Jesus begin to gather together in small groups to study the Bible and learn together in community. As groups begin to multiply as a result of making disciples, larger gatherings of disciplemakers are launched. Wait to actually start worship services until you have five disciplemaking groups, or you have reached the fourth generation of disciples.
Incarnate the Gospel
Jesus was the very incarnation of God. We are not God, but we are called to be Jesus to everyone everywhere. We must start living out the gospel in tangible ways – loving, serving, and blessing others! Loving and serving like Jesus opens up opportunities to share the gospel and leads us to responsive people in the culture around us.
As people respond to the gospel and become followers of Jesus, we teach them to obey all that Jesus commanded. This includes training them to follow the previous steps in the cycle – helping others to follow Jesus too.