A Lack of Multiplication (of Disciples, Small Groups, and Churches) Leads to Division

Most American churches are doing lots of addition, subtraction and division. Few are doing multiplication.

+ It’s easy to settle for addition. At least it is positive growth. Addition is safe. Addition is comfortable. But addition is often the result of a lack of mission and vision. Church leaders get bogged down in caring for the urgent and the existing members are happy because the attention is all on them. Sometimes people move into the area and just naturally look for a church. Put out a sign and we can probably grow through addition.

However, addition is just a step away from subtraction. People start to withdraw from the church when the church has no purpose. I bet more people leave the church out of boredom than from being asked to step up and pursue the Great Commission.

Networking, Resourcing, and Multiplying the Local Church

I started blogging in 2004 to chronicle my move from New Orleans to Boston to become a church planter. Seven years later I’m starting fresh with blogging. This is my first post at nathancreitz.net.

A lot has developed in the past seven years. I met, dated and married my wife; I graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity; my wife and I had a girl and now have a boy on the way.

A lot has remained the same over the past seven years. I’m passionate about engaging a post-Christian culture with the Gospel; I’m energized by making disciples; I’m committed to networking, resourcing, and multiplying the local church.

With all that in mind, I wanted to start fresh with a new blog. This blog will focus on my
role as a disciple maker and church leader. I want to share what I’m learning as a young, local church leader. I want to share what I’m learning as I make disciples. I want to share what I’m learning about ministry in a post-Christian context. I want to share what I’m learning as I spend time with God in prayer and in the Word.

This won’t be a leadership blog or a theology blog or a technology blog. This will be a blog that combines all of those issues (and more) that might face a local church leader. As I share things that I’m learning I hope you will take a moment and join the conversation.

If you’d like to learn more about me, here’s a link to my bio. I will also add sermon audio and videos from time to time so you might want to check out my media page. I’d love to hear from you, either in the comments section, on Twitter, or you can contact me via email.