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Nearly 65 percent of the world’s unreached people groups live in India (1.2 billion people) and the 11 countries surrounding it—comprising nearly 50 percent of the world’s population. This is where Central India Christian Mission (CICM) has planted more than 1,400 churches and where 400,000 people worship on a given Sunday. In the post below, CICM leaders Dr. Ajai Lall (founder) and Josh Howard share three of the five “big things”  they write about in their new eBook, Igniting Movements: Multiplying Churches in Dark Places. If we truly want to see a movement, regardless of our context, Lall and Howard say we must not forget these things.

1—Prayer is key.

We know this is fairly obvious, but too often it’s forgotten. Our leaders in India know firsthand how important prayer is to overcome the tensions we face. If we truly want to see a movement take place in our communities, we must be on the same page with the Spirit of God. Without oxygen, a fire can’t survive. In the same way, without the Holy Spirit, nothing we do will amount to anything. But if the Spirit of God moves, no one can stop it.

2—Children’s ministry…

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In this short video, Rick Warren speaks on the Exponential 2015 Conference and the impact of igniting a culture of multiplication.

“If you believe that in every believer lies the heart of a movement of God, then you can’t miss Exponential 2015!”

“It’s going to reshape your priorities. It’s going to reshape your decision-making. It’s going to reshape your processes, your systems, and how you do church.”

“I believe this is one of the most critical conversations for the church that we can have, certainly for church planters.”

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MoneySince the turn of the century, many denominations have made a strong effort to funnel resources toward church planting. This support helps to secure facilities, execute marketing campaigns, provide equipment for ministry, and even underwrite pastoral support.

That’s a good thing.

More denominations are prioritizing church planting—and that’s a good thing.

Not only have denominations created departments that financially support church planting, the church planters have the blessings of the denomination’s leadership, which often helps them gain access to established local churches to seek financial sponsorship.

In the new millennium, networks have followed a similar pattern, though to a lesser degree due to their smaller resource base.

The Landscape Is Changing

Fast forward to today.

I am often asked, “How do you see the funding options available to church planters changing in the future?”

My view is that there will be less funding readily available to church planters from the current sources. But before we get discouraged about the future prospects, we need to realize that we can’t—and shouldn’t attempt to—buy our way into a church multiplication movement in the West (North America, Australia, England, etc.).

The truth is: most denominations and church-planting networks run out of money for church…

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This past Sunday, Grace Hills had our big Premiere Sunday at the Malco Pinnacle Hills Cinema. We had less than three weeks to prepare for the big move after making the decision to switch locations, so the last week or two have been fairly stressful, but when the big day arrived, our minds were a little blown away by the response. God showed up in a powerful way!

Here are eight factors that have been on my mind since we left the theater…

God

I have to point out up front something I repeat often when people are expressing gratitude for how well things went: “We blame the good stuff on Jesus.” He guided our planning and preparation, energized our team for the task, and His Spirit filled the theater with His powerful presence and blessed His truth.

Prayer CircleA lot of prayer

Not only had our staff been praying hard during the days leading up to Sunday but the whole church was praying that God would use the day in a powerful way. When our…

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Igniting Movements: Multiplying Churches in Dark PlacesIgniting Movements Book

By Ajai Lall and Josh Howard

Nearly 65 percent of the world’s unreached people groups live in India (1.2 billion people) and the 11 countries surrounding it—comprising nearly 50 percent of the world’s population. This is where Central India Christian Mission (CICM) has planted more than 1,400 churches and where 400,000 people worship on a given Sunday.

Founded by Ajai Lall and his wife Indu more than 30 years ago, CICM is igniting movements throughout this populous region. In this FREE eBook, Igniting Movements, Lall and CICM leader Josh Howard chronicle the journey toward church multiplication through riveting stories of facing religious persecution, practical leadership insights and multiplication principles that continue to reproduce churches in some of the world’s darkest places. The authors conclude the book by sharing five “big things” we must not forget if we truly want to ignite church multiplication movements where we are. Igniting Movements—the ninth eBook in Exponential’s church multiplication series—offers encouragement, wisdom and inspiration to planters regardless of your context or culture. Download your copy of Igniting Movements.

Key takeaways

REACH: A Story of Multiplication in the City

In an amazing journey, church planter Brian Bolt shares the joy of serving a God of second chances. Story after story in Bolt’s life and ministry demonstrates the depth and power of redeeming grace as God moves to do amazing things through unlikely people. In this FREE eBook in Exponential’s series focusing on church multiplication, Bolt shares his experience at CityReach (the church-planting network he founded) and lessons learned from the process, while highlighting the encouraging stories of men and women emerging from recovery to become inspired church planters and leaders. Download your FREE copy of REACH.

Key Takeaways:
  • God has a way of redeeming difficult circumstances
  • How recovery is an amazing resource for leadership development
  • Inspiring stories demonstrating that God doesn’t call the equipped, but equips the called
  • How service can open doors for the gospel in our communities
  • Practical advice for leading a church-planting network well
  • How clarity in our context propels the mission forward
About the Author

Brian Bolt gave his life to Christ in the back of an ambulance after being shot in the head. His life was radically transformed when he became a part of a men’s recovery home. There,…

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You Can Multiply Your Church: One Journey to Radical Multiplication

North America has larger churches than ever before. Yet the church at large seems to be losing the cultural wars and falling behind the population growth. Church planter Ralph Moore believes that the solution to the problem lies in rapid church multiplication. By steadily multiplying the number of churches, we can expand the kingdom of God much faster than by adding members to existing congregations. In this FREE eBook in Exponential’s series focusing on multiplication, Moore draws on four decades of experience to share Hope Chapel’s journey to radical multiplication, including 18 tensions in the multiplication process and lessons learned about the process, as well as the benefits of a more relational approach to equipping pastors and leaders. Download your FREE copy of You Can Multiply Your Church

Key Takeaways:
  • Why multiplication is easier than addition
  • A new approach to disciple making within your church
  • How you can multiply and add at the same time.
  • Why our current models are broken and what to do about it
  • Some of the tensions you’ll face if you intend to multiply your church.
  • Why victory is assured to pastors who…

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Give God Some CreditGive God Some Credit: Taking Risks for Greater Impact

“If God can do anything through our church, He can do great things through yours.” What God has done through New Life Church in Chantilly, Virginia, 20 years after Brett and Laura Andrews planted the church has led to multiplied impact that Brett never dreamed of—literally. The dreams he had for New Life paled in comparison to what God had planned.

In this new FREE eBook—the eighth in Exponential’s series focusing on creating a culture of multiplication—Andrews candidly shares the story of this unimaginable impact, including the struggles, frustrations, worries and complaints. The New Life Story offers huge and poignant reminders to planters that even though we can’t see God working in our lives and ministry, He is indeed “working upstream.” When New Life committed to being a Matthew 25, talents-risking, church-planting church, God multiplied the church’s impact.

Andrews writes for common people who carry the burden for increased impact, revealing the tensions he and New Life have navigated, as well as the mistakes they’ve learned from while walking through those tensions and the risks they’ve taken to be a…

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Temple Baptist Church Sarnia New Roof

No church leader I know wants to see another church close its doors. We need every local church, now more than ever, if we’re going to fulfill the Great Commission as soon as possible. I’m a Baptist who still believes in the perpetuity of biblical, local New Testament churches until Jesus comes again. But each local church in history has tended to have its own life cycle. Some are revived and have a whole new life. Others disband and dissolve. And many churches limp along in mere survival mode for a couple of decades until their stalwart generation is gone and then close their doors.

Here’s a hard truth. Sometimes, churches need to die. Sometimes, churches need a miraculous healing and fresh breath of life. God is certainly in the miracle-working business and is alive and well on His throne, but under His sovereign reign, history proves that miracles aren’t always in order from His perspective.

If you think your church might be dying, here are some possible next moves.

Assess the situation.

And here’s the tough question you must ask to have a meaningful assessment: Will we, by fighting for our survival, consume…

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Small Church Big ImpactSize does not determine impact. Over the last seven years, Vista Church in Heartland, Texas, has lived by that empowering sentiment inspired by Paul’s letter to the church at Colossae. Through this small band of believers (Paul never even met them personally), he gave the body of Christ its deepest Christology (Col. 1:15-19) and unveiled a larger view of Christ. Similarly, Vista Church regardless of its small size has committed to unveil a larger view of Christ’s Kingdom through church multiplication.

Download your FREE copy of Small Church, Big Impact

In the fourth eBook in Exponential’s new multiplication series, church planter and coach Kevin Cox shares his personal story toward church multiplication and the tensions and lessons learned as Vista Church has partnered with 13 new churches that are in turn, multiplying–churches planting churches that plant churches. In Small Church, Big Impact, Cox inspires, challenges and equips churches to plant regardless of their Sunday morning attendance numbers. “We’re proof that not only is it possible for small churches to multiply, but it’s absolutely necessary if we’re going to see our society transformed,” Cox writes.

He reminds us that the Holy Spirit…

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K.P. Yohannan is the founder and international director of Gospel for Asia. In this new eBook, Dr. Yohannan shows us through his own journey that it is truly possible to cease from striving and to uncover the joy and wonder of sharing the Lord’s burdens in the way He intended. Discover for yourself that His burden is light. Watch this brief message from the author on his new FREE eBook His Burden is Light and download your copy here.

This is His work, I told myself. Why am I making it mine?
The burden is light. Why am I making it heavy?
The work is a privilege. Why am I making it a chore?

His Burden Is LightHave you ever found yourself facing psychological burnout—wanting to just give up and quit the calling you’ve struggled under for so long? Do you feel frustrated that your efforts aren’t bringing the results you expected? Are you tired of the pressure and anxiety that comes with trying to survive under a load that seems too difficult to bear?

You aren’t alone; there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

In His Burden Is Light, the next eBook…

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LeakeThe Question That Changed My Life: How Planting Life-Giving Churches Became Our Direction

by Jeff Leake

What are the questions that have changed your life? For Jeff Leake, president of the Reach Northeast church planting network, the question that changed his life—and the lives of thousands–came in November of 1996. In this FREE resource, the third eBook in Exponential’s new series focusing on church multiplication, Leake shares the story of why and how he has led Allison Park Church to become a multiplication center that to date has been involved with the planting of 38 churches throughout the Northeast.

Leake also takes readers on a transparent journey as he identifies the primary tensions he and Allison Park wrestled with as they planted one church after another. He admits, “As soon as we decided to step out and plant our first church, I felt the pull of fear on my soul”:

  • What if everyone leaves our church and goes with the church planter?
  • What if our larger givers leave and I’m left with nothing but bills?
  • What will happen if my attendance drops?
  • What will my peers think of me if I pastor a smaller church than…

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