Why aren’t there church multiplication movements in the United States?

As I continue to write my dissertation, I’ve been curious why therWhy Aren't There Church Multiplication Movements in the United States? | missionalchallenge.come aren’t any church multiplication movements in the US. I recently asked this question to Dr. Paul Kaak, Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership; Assistant Director of the Noel Academy for Strengths Based Leadership and Education (Azusa Pacific University).

He suggested two main reasons:

1. Churches are more concerned about the church than the kingdom of God.

Pastors are by nature “ecclo-centric.” Their primary focus is on their own church and its growth and development. They view the church as the kingdom. This distorted view of the kingdom is seen in churches that focus on their own growth, rather than on extending the kingdom of God.

2. Churches don’t understand the Gospel.

It’s not the Gospel of getting to heaven – it’s the Gospel of the kingdom. If a person comes to faith in Christ as King (not just as Savior), there is a greater understanding and commitment to announcing the kingdom and extending the kingdom.

The church is never the end. The church is pointing beyond itself to the kingdom of God.

A shift in how one views the local church and the kingdom is necessary before we will see any church multiplication movements in the United States.


Dave DeVries

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer, author and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. With 30+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches.
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  1. Bob Carder
    Bob Carder says:

    Great thoughts, Dave!

    I would rather not use Church Multiplication Movements to loosely because we are commanded to make disciples and it is God who births the Church (or plants it).

    Instead if we could move away from Church Multiplication to disciple multiplication we would see God birthed Church multiplication all over the place in exponential ways.

    We focus on planting churches and the planted churches focus on their own church etc. Why not focus at the beginning on disciples making disciples in the mDNA of the Church that gathers to go? If disciple multiplication is in the mDNA it will likely result in a God birthed Church multiplication movements.

    Does this make any sense?

    Disciple making movements lead to God birthed Church multiplication movements. We do our part and God will always do His.

    I wonder if God is not grieved when we talk in terms of US (you/me) planting Churches!

  2. DaveDV
    DaveDV says:

    Thanks Bob!

    While multiplying disciples may lead to the multiplication of churches, there are some major obstacles to seeing movements of either kind in the United States.

    I agree that we need to get disciplemaking into the mDNA of every church! Pray that this will result in the multiplication of movements across America!

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