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We aim to support and involve you in learning with others to multiply movements
until there is no place left where Jesus is not preached, known, loved, and worshiped.
An Astonishing Development
Since 1995, less than 25 years ago, multiplying gospel movements of small, rapidly reproducing churches have brought 68 million to Jesus, mostly among unreached people groups, and equipped these new disciples to share their faith and disciple others. And the pace shows no sign of slowing. Tweet this!
Jesus prophesied in Matthew 24:14:
This good news of God’s kingdom will be preached in all the world …
If history were a race, and “the good news preached in all the world” was the finish line, how close would we be to the finish line, and how quickly are we racing toward it?
At the end of 2017, the goal line suddenly appeared much closer; or at least our rate of progress appeared much faster. As recently as May, 2017, the best estimate for the global count of multiplying movements was just 150. Then, formation of the 24:14 Coalition created a trust environment in which thousands of movement engagements were reported, hundreds of which were already full-scale movements, in which at least four streams were reproducing to the fourth generation or beyond!
Just six months later, when the Jan/Feb 2018 issue of Mission Frontiers (MF) went to press in November, 2017 this count had more than quadrupled, to 609 credible movements.
By late December, 2017, the 24:14 Coalition Research Team was confident, from the new reports they reviewed, that:
- There were nearly 650 such movements.
- These movements had produced nearly 50 million new disciples since 1995.
- These new disciples were gathering in small, rapidly multiplying churches.
- At least 90% of these were among the unreached.
- These fruitful movements were multiplying other movements.
[Now, in early 2019, the count is over 700, and growing. The rest of this article was last updated in mid-2018.]
Such movements start and spread almost invisibly, so the global data is still far from complete. And there are many other reasons to expect continued rapid growth in both movements and our awareness of them.
God is rapidly answering 40 years of accumulated prayer for the unreached!
V, a movement leader in his own country, reported in January, 2018:
Many missionaries came in the past and labored here, but did not see the fruits of their labors. We are now privileged to see this fruit. It already appears that we have at least two believers in nearly 50% of the villages in my country. By 2020 we hope to have at least two believers in every village!
How did this develop?
Shortly before 2000AD, a remarkable “new” wineskin reappeared for the first time since the early church, hastening the fulfillment of Jesus’ (Matthew 24:14) prophecy: Multiplying movements of rapidly reproducing, small, New Testament churches.
In such small churches, new believing families are equipped, encouraged, and coached to start new small churches, to win and disciple other families. And as in the New Testament, these small churches multiply rapidly without the encumbrance of dedicated buildings or paid staff. Instead such small churches:
- aim to bless and disciple families/social units, not just individuals (Acts 16:30-31),
- focus more on obeying Jesus than on accumulating knowledge (Mt 28:19-20),
- disciple more by God-led discovery study than experts teaching (Acts 17:11),
- cultivate maturity more through loving obedience than knowledge (John 15:5),
- meet in private homes and public venues more than owned buildings (Acts 2:46),
- average fewer than 20 participants in regular, interactive gatherings (1 Co 14:26,31),
- aim to multiply small churches rather than grow in size (Acts 9:31),
- employ simple patterns each disciple can facilitate and replicate (1 Co 4:16-17),
- involve disciples in ministering more than in receiving ministry (Acts 19:9-10),
- work toward multiple new generations, not just daughter churches (2 Ti 2:2),
- spread more through relational networks than attracting strangers (Acts 10:24),
- prove more stable than churches of gathered strangers (Ro 16:10-11), and
- are invisible at first to outsiders and the surrounding community (Lk 10:4-7).
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