The man who had received five talents went at once and gained five talents more. ~ Matthew 25:16
READING: Matthew 25:14-30
In the association of churches in which I serve, we have defined a healthy, strong church as a “Reproducing community of Christ-followers.” Size is not the defining issue, reproduction is.
The key issue for us is how are we helping churches multiply their disciples? Are we transforming lives, ministries, and leaders through church planting? How are we multiplying our efforts and the impact of our initiatives? As missions leaders, we maximize our missional footprint when we apply the concept of multiplication to everything we do. This is reflected in DCPI’s 11th principle which says: “Healthy churches will reproduce and daughter church planting should be envisioned and planned from the new church’s beginning.”
Multiplication thinking is an important discipline in this rapidly changing world. To do it means giving up a measure of control and position because control tends to reduce multiplication. However, great reward comes from faithfully investing the time, influence and the resources God has given us for maximum return.
What will your ministry’s missional footprint be in the world? What steps can you take today to increase your missional impact? Perhaps you should schedule a missional audit and ask yourself and other leaders some of the more difficult questions regarding your ministry.
We should do all we can to multiply our resources, and so hear our Lord say: “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.”
Dear Heavenly Father, We want to be part of what You are doing. Keep us humble but allow us to see and experience a great work in the advancement of Your Kingdom.Take our ministry and mold it into a tool that can be used to change the world. Amen.
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