The Mt. Bethel Project Update-No. 9

Starting a Multiplication Movement… “Pushing forward while you wait”

To create a multiplication movement takes great energy. It is sort of like trying to push a car.  Once you get it rolling it moves easily, but it takes all the energy you have to get it rolling.  But starting a multiplication movement also takes waiting; waiting for the Holy Spirit to bring together the right combination of circumstances, events, people, words and processes that will accomplish his supernatural plans to multiply believers and churches.

We must do both of these things at the same time.  We must be moving forward while waiting for the Holy Spirit to do supernatural work among us. Remember that it took Bruce Bennett four years before he had any success, but during that time he worked constantly to develop a system and move it forward.

What do you need to do differently to push forward?

What do you need to do differently to wait for the Holy Spirit?

“Share Your Story” Meeting Set

We are gathering on Wednesday, December 12, 2013 to share together what we are learning about creating a church multiplication movement. The meeting will be from 10:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Waverly Community Church, 101 Carbondale Rd, Waverly, PA, 18471.

Thank you to everyone who went to to let me know when you were available. The greatest number of people were available on Wednesday.  We will gather and simply talk about what we are doing, what we think is going well and what is not going well, raise some questions, and compare our work to the structure that Bruce has given to us.  Hopefully we will be able to draw some conclusions and improve our efforts to multiply the church.

The Unlearning Continues

Encouragement is one of the seven values of a multiplication movement.  It is also the summary statement regarding how Christians are supposed to interact with other believers.  When we talk about encouraging other believers we often place great emphasis on getting people to church.  We take Hebrews 10:25 and make the end purpose of that passage the instruction to meet together. But in fact we are to see encouraging each other as our primary task (the end) and meeting together is one way of doing that (the means to the end).  If we don’t understand that encouragement is primary and meeting together is secondary, getting people to church will become the rule by which we measure our success. People will attend church out of a sense of duty and will go to church with no agenda to encourage other believers.

How would our work be different if people went to church because they had a heart to encourage other believers?

Encouragement is also at the heart of the “to do” list that people with which we should leave every meeting.

The Seven Values

Starting a church multiplication movement requires value based actions.  The values that we need have been identified by Bruce Bennett’s work. If your actions are consistently based on these values, you will achieve the goals of a multiplication movement.  Bruce’s system has seven values which we will need to teach continually.  There are power point presentations available linked on the website to teach each of these values.

1. Vision

2. Call

3. Faith

4. Faithfulness

5. Encouragement

6. Hospitality

7. Planning and Administration

The Steps to Fulfill Your Call to Multiply the Church

1. Pray over a map

2. Go to the town God directs you to go to

3. Find a person of peace

4. Lead them to Christ

5. Work with them to lead others in that community to Christ

6. Start a group that can become a church

7. Train your group to talk about their faith

8. Start a training group for planter/pastors

9. Help some of the members of the training group to start the process over with step No. 1 above

Be With Him

“He appointed twelve—designating them apostles,–that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach.”   Mark 3:14

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