Multiplying Unbelief: A Confession
So, I’m just coming out of a strategic coaching call where I extroverted some thoughts regarding leaders who are intentionally leading toward multiplication.
The basis of leading toward multiplication can be located throughout the entire Bible. Here are a couple examples:
Be fruitful and multiply….Genesis 1:22
We will not hide these truths from our children;
we will tell the next generation
about the glorious deeds of the Lord,
about his power and his mighty wonders.
For he issued his laws to Jacob;
he gave his instructions to Israel.
He commanded our ancestors
to teach them to their children,
so the next generation might know them—
even the children not yet born—
and they in turn will teach their own children.
So each generation should set its hope anew on God
In addition, the very nature of being a disciple implies that you will invest what you’ve been entrusted with into the lives of others, thus beginning the process of multiplication.
Here’s my confession: I have had to repent of “multiplying unbelief”. Of just simply not believing at a heart level that multiplication can or will happen (all the while knowing better in my noggin)
Here are my top five indicators of the presence of the sin of “multiplying unbelief”
1-Moving on too quickly to invest in another group of people (could be for a number of reasons).
2-Failure to spend consistent, spontaneous, social time with the main group of people I’m investing in.
3-Continuing to take on more people when the people I’ve committed to investing in are not feeling confident about their own leadership or what they are leading.
4-A secret heart thought that says “I know this isn’t going to work”, not all of these people will multiply, I better figure out a “plan B”
5-The attractiveness of various “programmed” options that will gather a crowd but not make disciples.
One of the tools we use at 3DM [www.weare3dm.com], the ministry I coach for, is our invitation and challenge matrix. We often like to highlight the journey from a “cozy culture” to a more fruitful and empowering “discipling culture” as the valley of the shadow of death.
Those of us that are seeking to lead toward multiplication and hit the valley may be tempted to turn around.
It seems to me that what we would turn around toward would either be:
1-Some sort of “information” based group, with no intentional imitation happening.
2-Some sort of structure that could only result in addition, not multiplication.
The heart issue though is: Do I believe in multiplication? My answer is yes, and I continue to learn all the implications of that.