Multiply is step by step process of training others to teach the bible. It is a helpful resource for reproducing small groups. Use it as a guide to help others lead circles.
Multiply has Three Parts.
- Selection wisely. This is a crucial step in multiplication. Choosing the wrong person here risks creating unhealthy leadership. Making the right decision can set in motion generations of godly leadership.
- Select by observation. Choose from those who have already attended your group over time. Don't choose outsiders, no matter how popular or talented. Observation is a better teacher than reputation or intuition. Asks new, potential leaders serve as students for at least one cycle of meetings. This will test their humility. New leaders can solve immediate problems but can also create long term issues. Often they chafe at necessary instruction, and can eventually cause division.
- Select by comprehension and commitment. Choose those who understand the tools and who are committed to implementing them. Let them grasp the tools comes from watching you lead and use them. The best way to learn something is through experience. Dedication to the tools ensures downline consistency.
- Select by acceptance. Chose those who are respected by those they would lead. Potential leaders must be well received by the group. Talent must be accompanied by esteem.
- Select by teachability. Choose those who can handle constructive input. People who are eager for guidance. Those who are not dismissive, become defensive or who are easily crushed by needed direction. People who are resilient, but humble.
- Select by prayer. Ask God to confirm your intuitions. (Luke 6:12-13)
- Train by explanation. Describe the various tools and overall strategy. Sometimes a general conversation is enough. Sometimes it helps to read from various pages on this website. You decide what is best for your situation.
- Train purposefully. Share the vision of multiplying at the outset. Make sure the trainee knows the goal is multiplication. Jesus stated the intended results in his initial invitation when he said, "Follow me and I'll make you fishers of men." (Matthew 4:19)
- Train progressively. Provide more leadership opportunities over time. Follow each experience with a debrief to review what went well, and how to improve.
- Train by releasing. The eventual goal is your trainee would lead by themselves and repeat the process with others. Look for ways to provide full leadership responsibilities.
- Coach by encouragement. Encouragement is the key element in long term multiplication. It's situational. The key is doing what is needed to keep multiplication momentum moving forward. Answers to the following questions can help determine how best to encourage.
- How's your soul? This gives room to share from the depth of their heart.
- What is echoing in your heart from the word of God? You will learn more about how the health of your disciple than any other answer.
- What are your God stories? A God story recounts the presence of God in personal devotions, disciple making or leadership experiences.
- What is your next step and how can I help you get there? Be ready to do whatever is necessary to keep moving forward. This may mean reteaching a tool, etc.
- Coach by meeting. At first coaching meeting may be on a monthly basis. Eventually that may occur on an as needed basis. But they should never completely cease. Disciple making is a life time relationship.