I have a huge question to ask you: If you knew that meeting with three people every week over the next year to talk about becoming more like Jesus would lead to each of them taking three more people and doing the same thing the next year, would you do it?
Take a minute to unpack that question. I’m asking you if you would be willing to lead at least three people to become disciples and then challenge them to reproduce the process. In essence, taking one group of four people and over the course of a year becoming four groups of four. In other words, going from four people to sixteen people in discipleship over twelve months. How can you say no to that proposition?
A number of years ago I met at a restaurant with a group of three other men every Friday at 6:00 A.M. We meet weekly for an entire year for the purpose of becoming disciples of Jesus Christ. At the end of the year, they asked me if we were going to start back in January of the next year. I told them the only way I would agree to keep meeting was based on whether or not they would each recruit three people and we each start a group of our own. To my dismay, they agreed! I was actually hoping they would say no so that I could sleep in on Friday mornings.
Within a couple of years, this group of four men meeting on Friday mornings had grown to over two hundred men meeting on Friday mornings, Thursday evenings, and Sunday mornings. One small group had reproduced and multiplied into dozens of groups and hundreds of men. No one could argue with those results.
Sadly, we outsmarted ourselves and decided to go “organic.” We stopped gathering our groups together at set times and we allowed them to meet anywhere and anytime. Guess what happened? They stopped meeting altogether. Our decentralizing of groups was a disaster, and we lost all the momentum of reproduction we had created. What a powerful lesson I learned from our mistake.
Today, we are back at making disciples the same way we did years ago. Four years ago, I started meeting with one guy on Thursdays at 7:00 A.M. Today, we have around sixty men meeting in about ten groups every week for discipleship. Those sixty men are becoming more like Jesus every day. As a pastor, I like what I am seeing.
We are just a few weeks away from the beginning of 2019. Why not ask a handful of people to join you once a week and then reproduce them at the beginning of 2020? I think Jesus would agree that this would be a very good use of your time, and I feel certain you would hear Him say to you, “Well done good and faithful servant.”
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