When we discuss evangelism and church growth, we often think in terms of addition. Perhaps there is a woman in the church who is tremendously gifted at sharing the Gospel, so she sees five people coming to faith in Christ each year. We would rightfully celebrate the blessing of new life and the fruit born through her ministry. It’s very good! But what if we could turn this process of addition into something that multiplies? How could we take this good fruitfulness and make it great?
This is an important question for us to consider, especially in light of our very own mission statement: “Grace Polaris Church exists to honor God by multiplying devoted followers of Jesus…” This choice in wording was intentional because we want to launch movements of people finding new life in Jesus and begin new churches. We don’t merely want addition; we want multiplication!
The most quoted verse in relation to this type of ministry is 2 Timothy 2:2:
…what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.
Note the four generations of Gospel ministry indicated in this verse: Paul, to Timothy, to faithful men, and to others. Paul envisioned Gospel multiplication as he poured his life into Timothy, who would train others, who would train others. So how do we move from good to great?
First, we must pray. We must recognize that Gospel witness has to be empowered by the Holy Spirit to bear any true fruit. New life in Christ is always supernatural, as only the Lord can bring someone from death to life, from the kingdom of darkness and into the kingdom of light. If we have any hope of success in this endeavor of “multiplying devoted followers of Jesus,” we must start with a firm commitment to prayer.
Second, we need training. Though experimenting can be very valuable, we benefit greatly when we can learn from others who have more experience and practice in the art of disciple-making. There are a vast number of resources out right now that can help us learn how to effectively share the good news and make disciples who make disciples. In fact, nearly every quarter we offer a Grace Polaris U course that is specifically focused upon reaching those who are far from Christ and multiplying our lives into others. Additionally, Pastor Beau sends out a weekly training resources email that you can sign up to receive in your inbox (click here). Regardless of how you receive the training—whether at a special event, in a Grace Polaris U course, or through some other avenue—it will help you move from good to great and from addition to multiplication.
Third, we must apply what we learn. Too many people sit week after week learning more about the Bible, more about different ways to share the Gospel, and more about how to make disciples…but they never put it into practice! No amount of training will ever amount to any Gospel fruit unless it is applied in real life and in real relationships. As you grow in your skills and abilities, who are two people that you can intentionally reach out to in order to share the good news? What are two pools that you can invest in to build relationships that lead to Gospel opportunities?
“Grace Polaris Church exists to honor God by multiplying devoted followers of Jesus…” Let’s pour out our lives for the sake of making disciples who make disciples. Let’s move from good to great, from addition to multiplication!
Dustin Speaks is the Mission Mobilization Pastor. He and his wife, Lauren, arrived in Columbus in the fall of 2012, after several initial ministry experiences. Dustin previously served as an associate pastor in South Dakota and as a missionary to university students in Berlin, Germany. Dustin studied history at Ohio University, where he met Lauren, and was involved in campus ministry with Cru. After graduation, the Speaks went to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Chicago) to complete a degree in Intercultural Studies. He enjoys playing nearly all ball sports—basketball, golf, and soccer are his favorites. Dustin and Lauren have three young children.