Posted on October 19, 2021 8:00 AM by Mark Snowden
Let’s start with some lostness math on the Cincinnati Area. According to TheARDA.com
, there are 1.5 million who are not evangelicals. One million people are not claimed by any religious organization. SBC church members are only 17% of evangelicals in the Cincinnati Area. On average there are 122 people in AM worship in CABA churches (2020 ACP based on 52 churches reporting). That leaves CABA churches needing 2,500 new churches if we carry our weight. Let’s go one more step and say at the current new planting rate of about five churches per year (praise God!), that means it’ll take 500 years. And just focusing on new churches doesn’t mean that 17% of 1 million unclaimed will all be baptized.
How many new churches could a church start in a year, if it started one new church and their daughter church kept it going at the same rate every six months? How long would it take them to have 100 new churches? Remember, there are 115 churches and plants in CABA right now. What could ONE church do?
½: 1 (1st church planted takes about six months)
1: 1 + 1 = 2
1 ½: (1 + 1) + (1 + 1) = 4 or 2 x 2 = 4
2: 4 x 2 = 8
2 ½: 16
3 ½: 64
4: 128 [If there are 10 per church that means 1,280 believers.]
The point of all this math is to say that missionaries must train church members to be disciple-makers. Can your church’s leaders make leaders? What kind of leaders are in a church? (Pastor? Deacons? Teachers? Childcare workers? Youth leaders? Financial officers? Ushers?) Leader training is a serious priority for church multiplication. Workers in the Harvest takes on this kind of multiplication. Contact Mark Snowden for more information CABAdirector (at) gmail (dot) com.
Mark Snowden has used this method of training with dozens of churches while serving with the North American Mission Board, SBC. He directs the Cincinnati Area Baptist Association.