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CLEGG INSPIRES FOR CHURCH MULTIPLICATION
At this month's Alliance Field Leaders consultation, church planter/trainer/multiplier Tom
Clegg (click here for bio) shared his journey of moving from being
a successful church planter to a multiplier of churches. Tom and
his wife Jodi are the founders of a US-based house church movement
which enjoys (by God's grace) 100% conversion growth . . . approximately
18 groups and 360 people at various stages on their spiritual journey.
Among numerous practical ideas, stories and models, Tom also
shared the following "axioms for church planting" . .
- The only viable future that the church has is in the multiplication
of churches. Be careful that we do not impose yesterday's paradigm
on today's and tomorrow's church plants.
- You will naturally not like most church planters. They are
not "company" people. Rarely are they the best seminary
students, and they don't prosper in highly structured systems.
- Raising and releasing church planters is first and foremost
a faith test. The longer it takes to train church planters the
less multiplication there will be.
- Funding is not a fixer for flawed character or flawed strategy.
Fix it before you fund it!
- The more we separate evangelism from discipleship the less
apt we are to multiply ANY kind of ministry, especially church
- Most funding strategies for church planting are backwards.
Money begins big and then it tapers off, which is the opposite
of the "Parable of the Talents". Start with a little
money and build it as the church planter's effectiveness grows.
- The multiplication of churches will deconstruct your eccliesiology.
- Never forget that Jesus loves the church in all of her forms.
Learn to bless and not to curse. Affirm where the church gets
it right. Bless the other churches in your city, even State
churches and historic churches.
To learn more about Tom Clegg's book Lost in America,
please follow the following link
to amazon.com . . .
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"WHY DO CHURCHES FAIL?"
by Don Crane, Greater Europe Mission
become institutions and institutions become monuments. This often
repeated phenomenon is also true of most churches. In fact it
was true of several of the churches established during Paul's time
in Ephesus. By the time John wrote chapters 2 and 3 of Revelation
most of the churches were already on their way to becoming monuments.
How does that happen with the Church? What is the road to failure? Follow
this link to read the rest of this article.
Bernie Miller, Assoc. Director
P.O. Box 843,
Monument, CO 80132
Tel: (719)488-4172 or
Jay Weaver, Director of Field Ministries
1111-Budapest Budafoki ut 34/B, III/3 Hungary
Tel: +36 1 466-5978
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