100 + 100 = 200; 100 x 100 = 10,000.
The above math equations pretty much sum up the major thing that we’ve learned from NewThing: We must be about multiplication, not addition. Now, don’t get me wrong—addition is good…but multiplication is better; addition adds while multiplication multiplies.
In India we have amazing evangelists - men and women who are willing to risk their lives to take the name of Jesus to places that He has never been proclaimed. They are being beaten, rejected, and mistreated for the sake of the Gospel, but remaining faithful. These people are my heroes.
But here’s the downside. Evangelists, in general, are great at addition, but they forget about multiplication and reproduction. They are great at bringing people to faith, but not as great at creating disciples.
In the last 30 years, Central India Christian Mission (CICM) has planted over 1,300 churches in India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Bangladesh. We have seen some multiplication, but it has mostly been rapid addition. This has led to thousands of lives being transformed, which is absolutely amazing! But, we haven’t seen as much reproduction as what we would like. (Gotta have those babies!!)
This is where NewThing comes in.
NewThing has helped us to focus our time and attention on multiplication. They have taught us different principles and strategies on not only how to reach new people, but how to also build new leaders.
With these principles, CICM launched a program called IGNITE about a year and a half ago. The entire focus is training people to see reproduction happen on every level: disciples making disciples, leaders creating leaders, churches planting churches and networks planting networks.
We have trained 60 men and women in these principles over the last year who have started over 200 discipleship groups that are multiplying! There are over 2,000 people now in these groups that are all being trained in these same principles. We now have groups in 14 states of India and 3 different countries. These men and women are literally raising up an army that will multiply the love of Jesus all over this country and the surrounding countries.
India will never be the same.
In the last two months, we have trained almost 180 more people who will be going and putting this into practice in the next few months.
NewThing shifted our thinking from addition to multiplication and we will be eternally grateful, along with thousands of souls in India. Thank you, NewThing, for helping us create exponential change! It’s an honor to be partnering with you!
Central Christian India Mission (CICM) and NewThing have partnered in India to start new reproducing churches. Josh Howard is a Director with CICM and writes about the need for partnerships to catalyze movements.