Be a Barnabas
Invest in people to send out to plant churches.
Barnabas is responsible for sending Paul.
Barnabas played a role in Mark who wrote the first Gospel that influenced Matthew and Luke’s gospels.
How many people do you have in the pipeline of going out or sending out.
Ralph is the founding pastor of Hope Chapel.
Most people are bored in our churches.
Near 90% of church evangelicals have not shared Jesus with anyone outside their family.
In the next 7 years 55,000 churches will close their doors.
What we are doing is not working.
Are we pursuing the mission Jesus told us to pursue it?
If we are serious about the mission of God we will be about leaders not about crowds.
Acts 8:1….”except the apostles…”
This is the first time the gospel leaves the borders of Jerusalem.
The propensity in the church is to stay.
John 14:12
What it takes to build sending churches.
1) It takes confident sacrifice. (John 12:24)
2) It takes kingdom selflessness.
What if the reason america hasn’t been evangelized is the idolization of pastors?
3) It takes risky faith.
JD is Lead Pastor of The Summit Church
Why do we spend so much money and energy on a place where we stay only a couple of nights.
We are so focussed on here that we are not preparing for there.
Our greatest opportunity for eternal kingdom impact is not growing churches here but starting churches there.
Start your here with there in mind.
When you start with here think about there.
Who are you raising up to send there?
If you focus there, here will take care of itself.
Matthew 6:33 – Seek first His kingdom. (that is there)
4% to 10%
Level 1: Decline
Level 2: Plateauing
Level 3: Addition (16% of churches)
Level 4: Reproducing (4% of churches in america; half did it on purpose)
Level 5: Multiplying (barely any in america)
4% of all churches in America are reproducing or multiplying.
10% is what is possible for the American church to do.
That’s an inflection point.
This is where a new opportunity presents itself.
The turning point that changes direction.
An event that turns the way we think.
Over 8,000 multi-site churches in America.
There is a shift in what the church says success is.
It’s not grow and reproduce.
What is coming is grow and multiply.
What do we do?
Motives. Is this church about my kingdom or God’s kingdom?
Measurements. Is this church going to be about growing or sending?
What we measure improves. What we celebrate gets repeated.
Methods. Am I more about relaxing or risk-taking?
Acts 17:6… “these men who have turned the world upside down have come here also.”
How can we see the movement of God that God desires.
Level 1: Subtracting
Level 2: Plateauing
Level 3: Adding
Level 4: Reproducing
Level 5: Multiplying
Language leads us.
Language leads us and helps us to learn.
Level church: 50% growth in the number of church. 50% discipleship growth to the third generation.
Church planting is the greatest method of evangelism.
Churches are having less of an “evangelistic” impact.
The ultimate gaol is multiplication.
Movements are marked by multiplication.
22% of churches started in 2012 had at least 1 daughter church within 5 years.
Embrace a kingdom vision.
Multiplication without evangelism is just moving sheep.
Multiplication is the tool. Gospel life change is the goal. It comes by loving the lost.
A movement without conversion is a movement in the wrong direction.
Churches who were intentional at evangelism had a higher likelihood of being majorly unchurched.
Unless you love the lost, you will never reach the lost.
You can’t war against the people and then reach the people.
Six things to encourage
1) Remind people we evangelize because at some point someone evangelized us.
2) Teach people how normal evangelism should be.
3) Utilize multiple evangelism methods.
4) Celebrate and share stories of members who have met Christ.
5) Make sure leaders are cheerleaders for evangelism.
6) Teach the gospel consistently well.
Don’t assume the gospel. Teach the gospel.
The church is a human movement.
Time is running out.
This may be the last day we have to do what we have been created to do.
We can’t connect with God without connecting to each other through Jesus.
Leading a church can cost so much.
Can tear at our soul so deeply.
The church is the most significant human endeavor that has ever been attempted.
We are helping humanity gain it’s humanity.
Hebrews 11:1-3,6 “faith is…”
We have forgotten what faith actually does.
Faith restores our humanity.
Humans who are created for the highest intention are the only ones who can betray it’s intention.
We call it inhumane.
We know what is inhumane because our souls know what it is to be human.
Faith restores our humanity.
Church is a human movement restoring our humanity making us human again.
We have more confidence in what we have than what we hope for.
We have more assurance in what we see than what we do not see.
This is why we choose a lesser life than what we hope for.
We have confidence in what we have than what we hope for.
We are designed by God to create the future.
When we have hope in the future then we have the confidence in the future.
When you live an inhumane life you only have assurance in what you see.
God created us to be future invisible creatures.
You a dream in the mind of God before you were a fetus in the womb of your mother.
The church is proof that God dreams. That God sees a future that must be created.
“In the last days I will pour out my spirit… old men will dream dreams.”
Humanity needs the dreams of God in the human future.
He left us here so we can create the future God dreams.

“In the same way, none of you who are unwilling to give up all of your possessions can be my disciple. “Salt is good. But if salt loses its flavor, how will it become salty again? It has no value, neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. People throw it away. Whoever has ears to hear should pay attention.””‭‭Luke‬ ‭14:33-35‬ ‭CEB‬‬

To follow Jesus is to be willing to give up everything and the return is more valuable than anything. 

“God is our refuge and strength, a help always near in times of great trouble. That’s why we won’t be afraid when the world falls apart, when the mountains crumble into the center of the sea,”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭46:1-2‬ ‭CEB‬‬

We don’t have anything to fear
when our world crashes down upon us.
For God is always here
To protect and give strength to help us. 

“I put all my hope in the Lord. He leaned down to me; he listened to my cry for help.

Those who put their trust in the Lord, who pay no attention to the proud or to those who follow lies, are truly happy!” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭40:1, 4‬ ‭CEB‬‬

Those who are hurt but fully hope in Jesus are truly happy. 

When we see we are helpless we can be happy because our hope is in Jesus fully being our help. 

“He said to his disciples, “Where is your faith?” Filled with awe and wonder, they said to each other, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him!””‭‭Luke‬ ‭8:25‬ ‭CEB‬‬

Our faith is tested in storms. 

The storm reveals where your trust is. 

God will use the storm to redirect our trust back to Him.