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How do you multiply a Missional Community without killing it?

March 1, 2012

Each week, via a short, 2-3 minute video we try to answer one practical question that we hear lots of people asking. Our hope is that these will be helpful, but will also spur on conversation and more questions in the comment section. If you want to keep digging around with questions related to this topic, post the comment, and we’ll be interacting with these daily.

Today’s question is answered by Doug Paul, who planted a church using Missional Communities and now serves as our Director of Content at 3DM. This post looks at how to multiply a Missional Community without killing it.


11 Comments leave one →
  1. Lana McSwain permalink
    March 1, 2012 1:13 pm

    Love the short clips!!!

  2. March 1, 2012 1:18 pm

    I know some of our MC leaders would say that there is no one ready to lead a new MC. Which obviously kills the idea of multiplication. No doubt that means you have to train them up, but do you have a specific suggestion how to do that training so that they are ready to start their own MC?

    • March 1, 2012 8:05 pm

      You train them through leading your MC first. they watch you do it, and they help you do it, then you let them do it and you help them, and you let them lead and you observe and give feedback. And then release them! It’s the classic apprenticeship model.

  3. March 1, 2012 4:40 pm

    I appreciate the need to build in multiplication from the outset of the MC and identifying those from within with outreach gifts and encouraging/resourcing them to do so. Great points!

    However, I’m wondering how that translates into multiplying generations of new disciples and churches from the lost in the harvest, if at all? Ala’s Jesus’ pattern in Luke 10:1-24 and Paul’s exponential discipleship chain in 2 Timothy 2:2?

    Do you have such a disciple making process, and if so, what results are you seeing?

    Just wondering?

    Your Brother,

    Rich Hagler

    • March 1, 2012 9:26 pm

      Rich, I would actually say this is the heartbeat of everything we do. We actually go into great detail into what you’re describing in the book “Building a Discipling Culture.” To see some of these principles in action, check out the short story in the post from yesterday about the reproduction of disciples happening in a federal prison. Really exciting stuff.

  4. March 1, 2012 7:55 pm

    I’m trying to grasp the theological significance of Doug’s 1, 1, 3 counting mechanism 😉

  5. March 1, 2012 10:29 pm

    This was helpful, thanks!

  6. Steve Biltawi permalink
    March 2, 2012 12:47 pm

    Thanks Doug,really helpful 🙂


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