Breaking the Mold: A Guide to Shifting Your Church to Movement Strategy
Shifting a church to a movement strategy will be a challenging but also a rewarding process.
It requires a shift in focus from simply building up a church to spreading the gospel and making disciples who will multiply and start new churches. This blog post will outline the steps needed to shift a church to a movement strategy.
Step 1: Develop a Clear Vision
The first step in shifting a church to a movement strategy is to develop a clear vision.
This vision should be Biblically based and focus on making disciples who make disciples, starting new churches, and multiplying leaders. The vision should be communicated clearly to the church congregation, and everyone should understand the goal of the shift.
A clear vision is crucial for rallying the church behind the movement strategy.
Step 2: Develop a Training Plan
The second step is to develop a training plan to equip the church members to engage in the movement strategy.
The training should focus on developing a disciple-making lifestyle, understanding the principles of multiplication, and learning how to plant churches. The training should be ongoing and should equip the church members to become trainers themselves, who can then train others.
Step 3: Empower the Obedient
The third step is to empower the congregation to be active participants in the movement strategy.
This means giving them opportunities to use their spiritual gifts and talents to advance the vision. It also means empowering the obedient practitioners to start new small groups, engage in evangelism, and multiply everything. Focusing on the few who will obey no matter what the cost will be key to empowering champions within the culture.
Step 4: Embrace a Simple Approach
One of the key elements of a movement strategy is simplicity.
The approach should be simple enough that anyone can participate and replicate it. This means focusing on simple methods like discovery Bible study, house churches, and small groups. The more complex the strategy, the less likely it is to succeed in producing a movement.
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Step 5: Focus on Multiplication
The final step in shifting a church to a movement strategy is to focus on multiplication among the obedient few.
This means continually looking for ways to multiply disciples, leaders, and churches. It means focusing on creating a culture of multiplication where obedience is celebrated and focused on. More is not more when it comes to making this shift — rather, leaders should focus on the obedient few and elevate their testimonies as models to be emulated.
In conclusion, shifting a church to a movement strategy requires a clear vision, a training plan, empowering the obedient, embracing simplicity, and focusing on multiplication. It will be a challenging process, but it is worth it in the end.
The church will be transformed from an inward-focused community to an outward-focused movement that is making a significant impact for the Kingdom of God.
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