According to our church planting research, multiplication begins with a vision for the Kingdom. Contrary to popular opinion, this Kingdom vision doesn't require you to be mega, rich, or famous. In this book, Jason helps contextualize that Kingdom vision for your church--for everyday churches everywhere. So pick this up and work through it with your team to see God's Kingdom come and His will be done in your context.
Jason Crandall inspires every day leaders in every day churches to play their unique role in multiplying churches. He planted a church. He's reproducing churches. Now, he's showing us how. In Proliferate, you will learn how a smaller church can make an enormous impact from a practitioner, theologian and leader. It's a good read with a powerful purpose.
- Daniel Im, coauthor of Planting Missional Churches and director of church multiplication at NewChurches.com
- Bruce Wesley, Founding Pastor of Clear Creek Community Church and Founder of the Houston Church Planting Network
In the New Testament, the Kingdom advanced rapidly because churches were reaching people with the gospel, discipling them and sending them out to start new churches. Guess what? Most likely these local churches were only made up of a few dozen of people, not thousands. With over 80% of churches running 200 people or less, Jason Crandall has written a book that will help the normative church see that multiplication is not just a BIG church activity. Its a command for everyday size church. My prayer is that God will use Proliferate: A Church Planting Strategy for Everyday Churches to strip away the excuse - "we're too small".
- Shane Pruitt, Director of Missions, Southern Baptists of Texas Convention
"Church multiplication" is often seen as jargon that only applies to large, extraordinary churches because it's thought that only they can devote the time, resources, and attention to such an endeavor. But with the majority of churches being smaller, everyday churches, the Body of Christ must find a way to mobilize its largest asset. Proliferate is the book we need to help us make church multiplication an everyday concept that can be practiced by everyday churches!
- Josh Ellis, PhD Associate Director, Union Baptist Association
Think your church isn't big, or significant, enough to be part of planting churches? Think again. In Proliferate, Dr. Jason Crandall lays out a challenge, and a strategy, that is helpful to churches of any size who want to get involved in church planting. This isn't written from theory, but from a practitioner who has planted and led the church to plant while they were still very much a new church themselves. I'm personally grateful that Jason is in Houston and helping lead the charge to see our city saturated with the gospel and new churches planted and multiplying.
- Chad Clarkson, Director, Houston Church Planting Network
More than 85 percent of churches have under two hundred people in weekly attendance. The tendency is to think these churches are ordinary or everyday--conventional wisdom says that bigger is better and Everyday Churches can have only a limited impact. But when Jesus was teaching people about the Kingdom of God, he didn't follow conventional wisdom. He compared the Kingdom to a mustard seed--the smallest of seeds, but with the potential to change the landscape. Just like the mustard seed, Everyday Churches are small, but filled with potential. Proliferate: A Church Planting Strategy for Everyday Churches
explains how the Everyday Church can fulfill Christ's vision by helping plant churches across the globe. In Proliferate, the reader will:
- Understand that Everyday Churches can be involved in church planting.
- Build out a vision for their church's involvement in church multiplication.
- Learn to confront obstacles that stand in the way of church multiplication.
- Create a communication strategy to engage their church.
Churches of any size can be involved in church multiplication. Gospel-focused churches need to proliferate for the spread of the gospel and the glory of Jesus.