The incredible impact of One-on-One Discipling versus Spiritual Addition Models

From the CEO of the Ecclesia Framework

JaneJohnson new smallWe are excited to see our visits to our site have massively increased as people see how much transformation is needed in the body of christ ands it is everyones responsibility to understand what form of ecclesia is biblical. We are in a period of great transition but there are many new organic forms of the ecclesia rising up using resources from all parts of the body across the world ( not just restricting themselves to one source of input which can be spiritually limiting).


The writings of Jesus and the apostle Paul show us how important the model of discipling is to effective training and how real multiplication can only take place through oneon-one discipling. This is shown by Jesus spending a large proportion of his time with the 12 disciples and in particular the three.

Jesus knew he would not reach the world by preaching alone and that he needed to raise up good men who were equipped to train and teach others. (2 Tim 2:2). Although this seems to be a slower method on the surface, in the long run, through the process of multiplication it is much faster( see the stats below).

It is also  one of the most effective method of encouraging people to stay in the church as people stay for relationship mainly . It also allows for people to be alerted if they are losing their faith. We may then have a method of dealing with the lost sheep.

the_church_body_400_clr_8912This has been promoted and practiced by the Navigators for decades. See the difference between Spiritual Addition and Spiritual Multiplication.

Results of Spiritual Addition V Multiplication    

Spiritual AdditionReach 100 people for Christ each day MultiplicationWin, Build  & Send One Person Every 6m
36,00072,000108,000

144,000

180,000

216,000

252,000

288,000

324,000

360,000

396,000

432,000

468,000

504,000

540,000

1664256

1,024 (thousand)

4,096

16,384

65,536

262,144

1,048,576 (million)

16,777,216

67,108,864

268,435,456 ( million)

If we are sending out we may not see the numbers in our church but what counts is the quality of the disciple following their highest calling and impacting thechurch growth kingdom.

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Can we do anything about the “Done with Church Population”?

done-with-CHURCHFrom CEO of Church Excellence Framework

I am passionate about church becoming all God intended for it and represent what the people loved, well-equipped to be sent out in a lost world that really needs us. America, the UK and Australia were strong Christian nations and much of our life now is due to our strong Christian heritage.

Therefore I was so sad to read of the incredible figures (millions) of ‘Done with Church’ people. And what was even more sad to read was the quote from Josh Packard at the conference on Future of Church where he explained  that,from ground breaking research “the de-churched are among the most dedicated and active in their congregations”. So we are losing our best.

If we put this together with the fact that millennials are not engaging well with church, would you agree that we need to take drastic action? If the ship is sinking is this the time to be having a show or  more importantly trying to fix the leak?

Fixing the leak will mean doing all we can to keep these people from leaving, as it is harder to get them to return. Many are seeking organic versions of church .This exodus is a poor outcome for the church. So can we encourage our leaders to find out why people in their church are leaving and say we want to do something about it?

Moving on to the next is not a long-term solution as many others are likely to have similar issues. Also asking new people what is their experience of the church is a great exercise to stay on top of what is actually happening on the ground. We must have a generation of leaders who are not leading in a vacuum.

IF we look at a sample of the reasons Packard describes in his book Church Refugees, we may get a few clues as to why people are walking away.

  1. They feel they have heard it all before
  2. They are tired of being lectured to
  3. They want to participate, not pay to listen
  4. They feel spurned at every turn.

George Barna has recently released a book called Churchless which is a thorough description of what is happening in America.

This is why we developed the framework to communicate a more organic way of operating a church that draws more closely to biblical and New Testament churches. We are not advocating a model but principles. Getting many organic churches up and running is a long-term project but helping people who are disillusioned but still in church is just as important right now. All some may need is some message that shows that current leaders are looking at doing things differently and are aware of their plight.

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I am encouraged that the leadership training institutes are now raising leaders who can see beyond the traditional role models . Also  as some may have  come  to Christ without going through traditional church, they can see things with a fresh set of eyes and see evidence in the bible of the real ecclesial church where participation, debating and raising and sending disciples was central. Many millennials are craving really good biblical principles of authenticity, serving with a purpose,  and believing their worth is more than a being a spectator which is very encouraging. So there is a lot of hope that with a bit of focus and participation by the WHOLE body (not just pastors) we can turn things around.

Frank Viola in his book reimagining church , explores the concepts of organic church, which may hold many of the answers for the new generation.

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Church Planting shown to be more effective than other forms of outreach for real growth

One of the indicators we have put on the Framework for churches to consider is ” considering the value of church planting as one of the more effective tools”. This is based on research shown below:-

The NCLS report on Church planting, concluded that Church plants are more effective in connecting with newcomers to church life.  In the Church plants surveyed, 16% of attenders were newcomers to church life in comparison to 10% of attenders in established churches.  Church plants are more effective than other forms of outreach. “…Church plants have higher percentages of newcomers than churches engaged in street evangelism, churches conducting services for the unchurched (eg ‘seeker services’), churches conducting mission activities at schools or churches offering social services such as training or support programs” (Steve Addison).  The NCLS survey indicates that healthy Mother churches continue to grow after the expenses of planting a daughter church. (http://givemetruth.net/infocus/needed-new-churches/)

Also, conducting research into the needs of the local community before planting a church has been shown to be very effective in making sure that it is an outreach church and also in bringing people in. Tools are available to help churches do this from NCLS.church growth

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12 profound ways to actively engage people in Church?

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Here is a small extract from the accompanying notes in the framework on one of the  indicators  – “evidence is sought that people are actively engaged with the body of Christ”.

Here are some ways to actively engage people so they will want to continue in their walk with God and stay in church:-

  • Feeling you are needed. We suggest a process here in the notes to engage people in a conversation so you get to know them and what God has laid on their hearts.
  • Your passions are taken seriously and you are helped to see some small progress. This need only be  in a few small areas to be really encouraging for someone.
  • Serving in a  community project run by people outside the church ie ( not your own), so you are mixing with the community. This done as a group with the church can be very engaging as you are serving with a purpose not just socialising.
  • Empowering  others to empower people.- we have coaching models to share in the framework.church pic
  • You know and believe in the vision values and goals (hence good communication of them)
  • Someone is loving you and encouraging you to be a part (This is where coaching can really help with connection outside of activities)
  • You have meaningful relationships that challenge you to grow (Can come from plenty of networking time in meetings, encouraging people to stay and not have excessive content meetings). This allows the power of netweaving to take place.
  • Churches encourage a culture of noticing the newer members and taking initiative to ask them how they may serve them or love them.
  • Being asked what you would like to see – this could be done via various methods such as a blog, forums with different categories of people, including new people, surveys, etc.
  • Being provided resources, encouragement, placing people above the needs of the building or organized  programme
  • Sermon key points could be placed on an e-newsletter with reminders.
  • A video sharing key learning points from the last sermon and the next sermon could be placed on Facebook, website or e-newsletter to spark interest and give them a reason to attend. Subjects posted in advance also do this. Commenting on how the spirit is speaking to us generally is very engaging.

By asking the people maybe in a survey whether they feel engaged with the church and if not some of the reasons , could dramatically help planning and maybe keep some of those who are risk of becoming dechurched or struggling with their faith.

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How to ensure your sermon is engaging and people are learning

We all know that listening to sermons can be a poor way to learn. In the framework we have a lot of methods to allow engagement of people and ensure they are experiencing quality learning. For more info sign up for our email blog at www.churchexcellenceframework.com. The framework without the notes is now on the website without cost for a limited time.

Here are some more suggestions taken from the notes to the framework: –

  • YouTube
  • Invite people to SMS Questions to pastors phone who filters them and answers relevant ones for 10 mins after message. This allows people to concentrate and engage with the material and for us to get feedback about what people care about. Questions can always be returned to the next Sunday if  they are challenging!!!
  • Webinar software
  • Q and A from microphone, ensuring themes to build on material
  • Books and handouts recommended on a theme to ensure the learning is reinforced for those interested.
  • Props
  • Banner at back of the stage to reinforce a theme
  • PowerPoint presentations with main points which are then reinforced at the end of the sermon
  • In the e newsletter –  application questions to ponder through the week – this keeps the theme fresh. People like lots of communication to keep them engaged with their church and feel they are moving forward. This makes testimonies easier to get of what people have learnt.
  • Asking for a response for people to come forward after a message and offer ministry in-line with the sermon
  • Moving the worship so that it can be used as a reflection time for God to speak after the sermon.
  • Interspersing testimonies in between a message (a page on the website can collect testimonies on an ongoing basis). Video testimonies can be powerful.
  • Panel discussions.
  • Sheet given to guest speakers as to the minimum requirements in terms of presentation( eg title, summary, application, Powerpoint, bible references)church growth

Moving from MINISTRY Roles to FUNCTION

Typical Ministry Roles  are Youth Leader, Senior Pastor, Operations Pastor, Small Group Co-coordinator .

Moving away from Pastor Roles to FUNCTIONS is important because it moves from an employment model to a deployment model. This is critical so that vital aspects of the church are catered for and resources and time go to those, plus good coordination takes place. Critical aspects of church are good church growthcommunication, developing clear strategy, ensuring good networking, ensuring learning is taking place and good outreach is taking place.

Without this we can focus on activities rather than processes. Processes allow for greater growth. Activities may not mean anything at the end of the day. We can have lots of small groups and preaching but it does not mean people are learning or have a vital relationship with God. We also can avoid the trap that one person is doing multiple tasks that are not in line with their gifting. A teacher is very often not a good administrator for example and vice versa. If we pay for these functions or share them amongst churches we can ensure they are done, whereas the other functions can be done by congregation members to engage them with the people, and so stay connected with the vision.

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FINANCE MARKETING SPIRITUAL OPERATIONS or MINISTRY ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENT LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT ADMIN AND HR AND BUILDING OPERATIONS
FINANCE and Funding Communications and Marketing Both within and with fringe Christians or the outside world Program Support and Ministry Operations(Designing What is the  Strategy for Learning , overseeing small groups, Prayer ) Networking, New People integration, Deployment of People and Relationships to ensure people are engaged and transferring from one sector to another Learning,  setting up Coaching, Recruiting Qualified Trainers, Designing Competencies for Church Goals, Program for Sermons and evaluation of those methods Human Resources and Admin