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One By One

man talking on phoneMultiplication evangelism growth is really evangelism one by one. If just one person brought another to a commitment to Christ each week and that person did the same for someone else the next week, that is multiplication evangelism growth. In theory, in thirty two years, the whole population of the world could become Christian by this method. Of course, theory is a divine possibility, practicality is something else.

Early Church Growth

Church Family IllustrationThe Early Church growth record began with the phrase in Acts 2.46-7 "Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved." We noted here the phrase "The Lord added to their number daily." Later, in Acts 6.1a we read, "In those days when the number of disciples was increasing." This rapid evangelistic expansion can be called multiplication growth. Contrast this with the actual growth pattern of many of our Western churches today. We could describe North American mainstream church growth as subtraction or even division unlike parts of Africa, China, South Korea and South America where evangelism growth continues strongly today.

Growth Pattern

Multiplication SignOur current trend in the Western Church was in many cases not addition but subtraction. In North America, the trend was to close and sell any church which could not pay its bills. This was not always the case when many new churches were supported by their neighboring congregations. In Africa, China and South America there was still rapid evangelism growth taking place. There were more Christians in China now than in the whole of Europe. In contrast, most mainline churches such as the Episcopal, Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches in North America have shrunk about twenty percent over the last ten years, and will possibly continue to do so in the foreseeable future, even though the population has grown ten percent over the same period! Some people put it down to a demographic change and while this may be true the bigger factor I believe is the collapse of the the secular society which has built up in the last thirty or more years.

Africa and China

Stained Glass Window of Holy SpiritThis shrinking of congregations is a huge challenge for all of us today particularly in the USA, Canada and Britain. Contrast this with the rapid growth taking place in Africa with one diocese reporting opening up a new church every week and in South Korea where literally thousands belong to one church in the house church movement.✞

"Multiplication Evangelism Growth"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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