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Multiplanting: A Vision For Growing Churches, Leaders and Mission

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Many church leaders believe that the most effective way to fruitful kingdom ministry is by growing a large church, but what if this big church dream is actually inhibiting us from seeing the quantity and quality of impact that we...


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Many church leaders believe that the most effective way to fruitful kingdom ministry is by growing a large church, but what if this big church dream is actually inhibiting us from seeing the quantity and quality of impact that we long for? Over the last twenty-five years of ministry in Manchester, England, Colin Baron has been pioneering a different approach; planting smaller, inter-connected congregations throughout the city that operate together as one church. Strong enough together for each survive and thrive, and yet small and dispersed enough to penetrate into the region in a way that growing one big church would never be able to do. Multiplanting describes the journey Colin, and his team at Christ Church, have been on to fulfil a vision of multiplying church congregations across one region of northern England.
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 551545
  • Product Code 9781912863181
  • ISBN 1912863189
  • EAN 9781912863181
  • Pages 236
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category Church Growth
  • Publisher Malcolm Down Publishing Ltd
  • Publication Date Oct 2019
  • Sales Rank 93356
  • Dimensions 216 x 140 x 12mm
  • Weight 0.283kg

Colin Baron

Colin Baron is a church planter with a gift for identifying and developing your leaders. He is the senior leader of Christ Church Manchester England.Colin also travels widely to help senior leaders in a variety of settings develop and implement strategy for growth. Colin and his wife Mary, have three children and multiple grandchildren.

Tim Timmons

Timmons has conducted seminars and workshops around the world in corporate, community, and church settings on various life issues. His seminars and keynote speaking opportunities have been primarily in the corporate marketplace--World Business Council, Chief Executive Officers, Xerox Corporation, Abbott Laboratories, Phillips Petroleum, Young Presidents Organization, The Disney Corporation, and the Million Dollar Roundtable.

Tom O'Toole

Tom O'Toole moved to Manchester, England, in 2011 with his wife Emma after feeling called by God to the city and to planting churches across Manchester that worked together as one church. When he found out that Colin Baron was doing just that, he quickly joined up and became part of the team at Christ Church Manchester, were he is an elder, manages church operations and leads the City Centre site as well as being a father to two young children.

Multiplanting & The Big Church Dream A few years ago, one of the leaders on my team told me of a time when he was walking with his father, who is an apple farmer, along a path through one of his orchards. The orchard was divided into two sections. In one section there were lots of very large apple trees, between fifteen and twenty feet tall with a twenty-four-foot span, and my friend noticed that because the trees were so big, they had to be spaced quite far apart. On the other side of the path were smaller apple trees, about a third of the size of the larger ones, but there were many more of them. My friend became curious and wanted to know why there was such a difference between the two sections of the orchard. He was told that in the past, the general consensus in the apple farming industry had been that the best way to get more apples was to plant big trees far apart, because big trees produce more fruit than small trees. However, in the 1990s this thinking changed as apple farmers began to realise that the best way to get the most apples was not to plant a few big trees far apart but instead to plant lots of smaller trees close together. Each tree on its own produced less fruit than a large one could, but in the space that was required for one large tree, up to eight small trees could grow, and together they produced way more fruit than a single large tree. Not only was the total apple yield larger, the apples from the smaller trees were of a far higher quality than those grown on the big trees, and apples became easier to harvest as ladders were no longer needed. Hundreds more trees could be planted, and they could be planted right to the edge of the field and in all the awkward corners that were impossible for the big trees to reach. I believe that a time is coming when church leaders will have a similar mindset shift to the one experienced by those apple farmers. Many church leaders take it as given that the most effective way to fruitful kingdom ministry is by growing a large church, but what if this big church dream is actually inhibiting us from seeing the quantity and quality of impact that we long for? Over the last twenty-five years of ministry in Manchester, I have been pioneering a different approach; planting smaller, inter-connected congregations throughout the city that operate together as one church. Strong enough together for each survive and thrive, and yet small and dispersed enough to have a kind of reach that I would never have been able to have had I stayed in one place and grew big. I have called this approach ‘multiplanting’.

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