6 Growth Forces Growth Forces are simply the life principles upon which God’s creation operates.Frederic Vester – Identified six principles to achieve optimum biological life.”the maximum capacity of organisms to grow and reproduce under ideal conditions.”
7 Growth ForcesThese principles operate at their best under “ideal” conditions.Understanding the growth forces helps you to be a better “farmer” of your ministry “field”.
8 Growth Forces: As Easy As ABC! You have seen them in ministry.You have used them, even as a child.A human being would find it virtually impossible not to use them.
9 Insight The secret in beginning to understand growth forces is recognizing where theyare already operating!
10 Energy transformation The Six Growth ForcesInterdependenceMultiplicationEnergy transformationSustainabilitySymbiosisFruitfulness
11 InterdependenceIndividual units are connected to each other in a larger system.Changes in one will affect others in the church and community.
13 I Corinthians 12:4-74 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
14 “connecting” Interdependence God’s Kingdom is a large connected system. Changes in one ministry will affect other ministries in the church and community.What are the “side-effects”, the short andlong-term effects of this decision/action?“connecting”
15 Healthy organisms do not grow endlessly but reproduce themselves. MultiplicationHealthy organisms do not grow endlessly but reproduce themselves.
16 MultiplicationTrue fruit of apple tree is not an apple, but another tree.True fruit of small group is not a new Christian, but a new group.True fruit of a church is not a new group, but a new church.
17 The Power of Multiplication Would you choose the addition to your account of £10,000 per day for 31 days or A penny doubled/multiplied on day one and the balance doubled each day for 31 days?£70,000 – 7 days£140,000 – 14 days£210,000 – 21 days£280,000 – 28 days£310,000 – 31 days£1.28 – 7 days£ days£20,971 – 21 days£2,684,354 – 28 days£21,474,836 – 31 days
18 Genesis 1:28 - Be fruitful and multiply MultiplicationGenesis 1:28 - Be fruitful and multiplyMatthew 28:19,20 - The Great Commission
19 “reproducing” Multiplication Healthy organisms do not grow endlessly but reproduce themselves.How does this action contribute to multiplication,not just addition?“reproducing”
20 Energy Transformation Momentum or energy already flowing, whether positive, potential or negative, can be redirected to accomplish God's purposes.
21 Energy Transformation Paul - Acts 17: Paul‘s mission development strategyPersecution - Acts 8: Through suffering, the church growsCrucifixion of Jesus: Through ultimate sacrifice, life is restored to all
22 “harnessing” Energy Transformation Energy already flowing, whether positive or negative, can be redirected to accomplish God’s purposes.How can we use positive and negative resources here to fulfill God's purpose?“harnessing”
23 SustainabilityResources used should increase the capacity for on-going growth and development, as well as serve multiple purposes.
24 Sustainability Raising up apprentice leaders No one serves alone. Each one, teach one.
25 I Corinthians 3:6 Paul planted, Apollos watered SustainabilityI Corinthians 3:6 Paul planted, Apollos wateredII Timothy 2:2 What you have heard from me, entrust to faithful people
26 “recycling” Sustainability Gifts and assets of people in changing environments and circumstances do serve multiple purposes.How do these actions contribute tofuture ministry cycles?“recycling”
27 SymbiosisDifferent ministries can cultivate cooperative relationships so the mutual benefit isgreater thanoperating separately.
29 Acts 13:2 Setting apart Barnabas and Saul (together they were better) SymbiosisActs 13:2 Setting apart Barnabas and Saul (together they were better)Acts 15: Dynamic Duo breaks up but they don’t go it alone.
30 “cooperating/teamwork” SymbiosisThe mutual benefit of cooperative relationshipsis greater than operating separately.How can we work together toenhance ministry effectiveness?“cooperating/teamwork”T ogetherE achA chievesM ore
31 FruitfulnessEach ministry needs to produce discernible results in line with its intended purpose.
32 Matthew 7:17-20 - Every good tree bears good fruit FruitfulnessMatthew 7: Every good tree bears good fruitJohn 15:1-4 - Cutting off the unfruitful, pruning for greater production
33 fruitfulness of this ministry? Each ministry needs to produce results in line with its intended purpose.How can we maximize thefruitfulness of this ministry?“evaluating”
37 Going Deeper with Growth Forces Each group will be assigned one growth forceThe group:Develops an example of the growth force from nature or human behaviourSelects an illustration from ministry that demonstrates that growth force at work.Prepare to report on your growth force to the whole groupReport back
39 The adjective is the key! The Eight Quality CharacteristicsEmpowering leadershipGift-based ministryPassionate spiritualityEffective/Functional structuresInspiring worshipHolistic small groupsNeed-oriented outreach/evangelismLoving relationshipsThe adjective is the key!39
41 Quality Characteristics The Quality Characteristics & The Growth ForcesGrowth ForcesHow the quality characteristics are developed.Quality CharacteristicsWhat a church needs to develop.Example: Leadership according to growth forces is called empowering leadership.
42 Resources Contact: Martin Saxby Healthy Churches Development Mentor NCD Introduction05/04/2017ResourcesContact:Martin SaxbyHealthy Churches Development MentorE:M:W: healthychurches.org.ukF: facebook.com/CovDio8EQs