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.
The Resources are in the Harvest!
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.