Charlotte Awake has just wrapped up the sixth week of our eight-week “Multiplier Lab” designed for people who have a desire to introduce God’s peace to those who do not know Christ using our Bible Cluster model. These “Multipliers” are willing to share the gospel and make disciples in new ways that help the church continue to multiply particularly among the younger generations.
This past summer, the Lord led us to retool the Bible Cluster model to sharpen our focus on unbelievers as they engage with Scripture with Christians and come to experience God’s love in Jesus.
This change was an inflection point for Charlotte Awake and raised a new set of challenges. But the church’s health in the coming generations is too important to ignore. Questions immediately began to pile up:
Where do we find people who don’t know God, but are willing to read the Bible with others? What do we do to further disciple new believers from these Bible Clusters?What kind of disciple-making training does a Christian Bible Cluster facilitator need? What makes a Bible Cluster such an effective evangelism strategy in today’s culture?
How messy will this get?
These questions may be difficult to answer. Without a set ministry formula, or tried and true model to follow, even the most willing participants might hesitate. But we thank the Lord for Multipliers, who are willing to step in our unconventional ways among a new generation of people that consider themselves “spiritual, but not religious” and who do not have a predisposition toward Christianity or church.
We didn’t have to look far to find Multipliers willing to attend the first training lab. We already knew fifteen, and they knew us. All are different–different ages, different ethnicities, different occupations, different worship styles. But they share one thing: they feel God is calling them to pioneer a ministry multiplication movement to introduce God’s peace to the next generation one heart at a time.
So for eight weeks, we gather at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary to teach, to learn, to worship, to encourage, and to question once again: “How will this work?”
Every week, the Lord continues to show us as David Ingrassia teaches from the Bible about two spiritual kingdoms at war and about our mission to make disciples as Jesus sets the captives free. We are learning about prayer and the transformation that comes by encountering God through Scripture engagement. We are discovering the effectiveness of telling others how our stories are part of God’s greater story of salvation.
The Multipliers receive weekly homework to keep them engaged and to train them in ministry, not simply for ministry. We mentor them throughout the process that begins with prayer, sends them out two-by-two (Luke 10), and then establishes Bible Clusters among unbelievers.
Navigating this new way of sharing the gospel by bringing unbelievers to encounter God directly through His Word in a Bible Cluster can be a time-consuming challenge while Multipliers may be working a job, serving in local congregations, raising kids, and juggling life’s many priorities. But again, each Multiplier senses the burden of God’s call to fulfill the Great Commission in the face of the many challenges in bringing God’s peace through Jesus to the next generations. Their eternal destinies are at stake, and the mission is urgent.
At the conclusion of the eight-week Multiplier Lab, Multipliers should have greater clarity in identifying where and to whom God is sending them with the gospel. They will have shared their faith and established a Bible Cluster. They will learn to make disciples one heart at a time through the Holy Spirit’s leading, gifting, and empowering. They will be helping the church multiply by making disciples in a new ministry multiplication movement.
We are incredibly grateful to the Lord for the Multipliers who are in the training lab this fall and ask you to consider praying for them.
Here is how you can pray and support the efforts of the Multipliers:
Pray that the Lord will Show each Multiplier their ministry field.
Pray that the Lord will lead each Multiplier to their “two-by-two” ministry partner.
Pray that the Lord will raise up more Multipliers–workers for His harvest.
In the new year, Charlotte Awake will hold “Multiplier Lab 2.0” geared specifically toward training Multipliers to accurately handle the Bible. We also plan to continue offering the initial “Multiplier Lab 1.0” in the spring for new pioneers.