Starfish versus Octopus n If you cut off a leg you get two starfish nothing is lost. n If you cut off a leg you get a new leg and the old leg is lost. n If the head is destroyed, you get as many starfish as there are pieces of starfish. n They are simple and non- specialized. n You can’t eliminate them even if you try. n They are an endangered species in areas where they come under environmental stress. n They are complex and specialized. n If the head is destroyed the octopus is dead.
What to do with new believers? Incorporate them into existing churches? Start new churches! Each new believer is a potential new church.
What’s in the DNA of a reproducing church? n Small groups/underground n 10 to 30 people who call themselves a church n Obedience to Christ’s commands n Bi-vocational lay leaders n Multiple leaders n Ordinances led by group n Decentralized network of autonomous churches n Prayer emphasized n Acquainted with suffering n Characterized by boldness n No dedicated facility n Women in key roles n Intentional evangelism and church planting. n Authority of Scripture and Holy Spirit.