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evaluating a ‘church’…


How we grow the church

Start with the church, you might get disciples. Start with disciples, you’ll always get a church.

Five years ago, if you were to visit China and meet one of many pastors with tens of thousands in his church (and some millions of millions in their church network), you might ask him, “How did you start this church planting network? How does it feel to lead something so large and successful?” Surprise–he wouldn’t know what you were talking about.
I wasn’t as if a Chinese person accepted Christ, followed God’s call into the ministry, and then felt led to start a church planting movement. Instead, it happened this way: Individuals found Jesus, he revolutionized their lives, and as a result Jesus spread from their lives to the lives of their family and friends. Then, so many people would up following Jesus that churches were necessary to assimilate all the people. It was a Jesus movement! –Bob Roberts, Jr. The Multiplying Church

HT: Scott Marshall