Not every disciple will make disciples

We'd like every disciple to make disciples. The result, in the words of David Platt, is multiplying churches--every time. The reality is, not every disciple will.

And the fact is, not every disciple *must* make disciples *in order for* the church to multiply.

If disciples who make disciples only double (e.g. each disciple makes 1 disciple) - then we have a problem, especially if only a small number do. This is akin to the challenge a nation faces when a father & a mother only have one child: it's below "replacement value."

On the other hand, if disciples-who-make-disciples *make groups*, then even if only a small number do, we'll see growth.

Assume out of a group of 100 believers, just 5% start new groups of disciples - but each group has 5 people. 5% of 100 is 5 disciple-makers; if each has a group of 5 new believers, that's 25 new believers. The church just went from 100 to 125.

If this is duplicated the next year, 5% of 125 means 6 disciple makers, 30 new believers, and we've grown to 155.

By year 10, at 5% disciple makers each year, the church went from 100 to 875. By year 20, it's at 10,000.

I'll grant you this isn't huge, but if you did this in a population segment of 100,000, it means you reached 10% of the population in 20 years. What about smaller numbers?

2% planting groups of 5 gets you to 565 by year 20. 3% planting groups of 5 gets you to 1,420 by year 20. 4% planting groups of 5 gets you to 3,425 by year 20 (3% of 100,000--I know some places that would be thrilled with that).

What if 5% each planted groups of 10? By year 20, you'd be at 316,000 - you would have easily spilled "over" the 100,000 population segment and swamped the adjoining districts.

Don't think you have to have everyone. Yet small improvements - from the % of disciple makers or the group size - can have incredible results over 10 or 20 years (a career). We'd like to have everyone doing it, but don't think you can't make a big difference with a Gideon-sized group.