Multiplying Missional Communities

 Here is Multiplying Missional Communities that expands on the Leadership Development in Community series focusing on the Missional Community Leader.  (Eugene gets credit for the this one.)  He writes regarding when/how to replicate:

Expect the Spirit to work in and through Community

As our communities gather rdinary people doing ordinary things with gospel intentionality, we should both pray for and expect the Spirit to work among us.  Asking for Wisdom: As your MC reaches 18-20 you should begin to pray for wisdom, guidance, and direction in earnest.

Organic Cues: Like those who disbelieved Peter stood at the oor (Acts 12) we can often pray without faith. When the right time to plant comes we can expect the spirit to use
organic cues or natural signs.

– Major life changes (i.e. –having a baby,)
– Mercy opportunities arising
– People moving into areas of the city your MC hoped or needed to plant anyway.

  • stew

    March 18, 2008, 1:26 pm

    Drew – this is a GREAT post that has some great ideas about multiplying missional communities. Our vision at the Austin Stone ( is to build a movement of missional communities, which obviously involves a heavy emphasis on multiplying these communities. I had one community last semester that multiplied into 8 communities – and I have 1 right now that is about to multiply into 5 new communities. We have close to 160 missional communities, which, I have to admit, is both a blessing and a curse.

    What I have found is that it is rarely as structured as the chart seems to imply. Sometimes God raises up apprentice leaders that start new communities, sometimes He brings someone to Christ who immediately starts a community with their friends, sometimes people already have their community and we just help them make it missional. It’s unbelievably messy, especially when you add in sin, mistakes, apathy, indifference, goats and wolves.

    Have you found this to be the case as well as you have applied your chart to the communities you lead? I just hope I’m not the only one who, when it comes to missional communities, feels like I am stirring a pot of barf sometimes… messy, smelly, etc.

  • D. Goodmanson

    March 18, 2008, 3:03 pm

    Stew- I agree. What we are documenting is the intentionality toward leading missional communities and their replication. Much of what does happen is not as predictable as the organized charts we are presenting. For example, I met with one guy who recently became a part of our community and he ministers to people from Sudan in San Diego. He already has a community. So instead of going through our process how do we come alongside what God is already doing? Its all part of the beautiful mess we live in.