Whole Gospel & Multiplication. Throughout history, the gospel has been defined many ways. To some it is a declaration stating that the “kingdom of God is at hand,” and encapsulates the good news that life is here. This view is described as “life under the rule of God and life with God.” To others, the gospel is not defined by one ruler or a position, but it is strictly the sacrifice make by Jesus Christ on the cross. To still others, the gospel is defined by grace and living in complete freedom. We would contend that the definition of the gospel is “the kingdom of God given by the Holy Spirit because of the cross based on grace.”
Cultivating the Whole Church. The concept of community in church small groups has traditionally been based on the teaching model, the facilitator model, or the shepherd model. Many churches focus on community to help big churches feel small, to build relationships, and to “close the back door” of the church. But those qualities of community are actually the fruit of the gospel, not the focus. There has to be a greater motivation and a deeper conviction for why the church engages in community. Bottom line? You don’t have a missional church until you have missional people.
The Existing Church. Many churches consider "church planting" as a defined project nestled in a defined period of time. For those churches once the “project” is complete the church goes back to its normal routine. But church planting is more than a project, and the DNA for multiplication should become ingrained in the leadership and the congregation as a whole. Church multiplication should impact the church’s organizational structure, leadership oversight, and financial stewardship and continually mobilize the congregation.
The Whole World. If the local church is the hope of the world, what is the role of the local church in establishing reproducing church movements around the world? What is the role of planting churches among unreached peoples? For the gospel to break through in an unreached people group, it must be "de-Westernized", but how do local churches contextualize the message, the messenger, and the movement? Our challenge is to understand how the local church distinguishes and appreciates people movements, church planting movements, and inside movements. We need to “go” and “send” while avoiding the landmines that separate contextualization and syncretism.