Sunday, March 12, 2006

Movements Math

From both Backyard Missionary and OnMovements - the idea of movements math, the multiplication of leaders. You might be like me and wondering about the practical, tangible ways of this kind of multiplication.
As Eugene Peterson humorously put it for us in the States, "Jesus, it must be remembered, restricted nine-tenths of his ministry to twelve Jews because it was the only way to redeem all Americans."

Jesus’ concern was not with programs to reach the multitudes, but with men the multitudes would follow. — Robert Coleman, MasterPlan of Evangelism

Movement math tells us that we cannot build movements without the multiplication of leaders, without reproducing disciple-makers. Christian ministries and programs typically depend upon a single leader or group of leaders. Once those leaders pass on, the ministry or program dies.

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