A passion for lost people will inevitably lead to two things: (1) people that share their faith regularly, and (2) the multiplication of communities of Followers.
The church has always grown by the process of reproduction, both individually and collectively. The body of Christ grows as the number of Christian communities increase. Yes, some of them grow to be very large, but the simple fact that some churches are big does not mean that new churches are not needed.
The American church is facing a serious crisis. It is a well-documented fact that many churches are closing. These closures should not surprise us, especially when we probe a little deeper. Barna Group in partnership with Seed Company conducted research last year concerning the feelings of the American church concerning missions, Bible translation, and other related subjects. They found that 51 percent of church-goers did not recognize the term “Great Commission.” They also discovered that only 17 percent knew where it was in the Bible and what it meant. (Barna.com/ research)
Tools such as Redux that focus on measurable and strategic plans to bring the gospel to lost people are desperately needed as never before in the American church today!