Is your church maintaining or multiplying?

by Josh Reed, BSCNC Adult Evangelism & Discipleship

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

"So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied." — Acts 9:31

It’s been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results.

While there is definite value in repetitions and rhythms, one of the toughest things to deal with as a pastor who has a heart for their community is a nagging sense of “program maintenance.”

I recently heard someone say, “When the church institutionalizes, we end up turning all of our resources inward which leaves nothing for mission. We can’t make disciples, because we are too busy accommodating the disciples we already have.”

The heart of the Maintenance to Multiplication conference is to help churches begin to release their resources and mobilize their people to join in the task of making disciples. Attendees will hear the story of how God directed one church in South Florida to begin making and multiplying disciples in a challenging environment for ministry.

Maintenance to Multiplication conferences are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, April 18 at Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh and Thursday, April 19 at Christ Community Church in Huntersville. Learn more and register at

Make plans to join us at the location nearest you. Through these conferences, our hope is that God would either clarify or implant a vision for multiplication that can be supported by practical tools. Our prayer is that we can help turn conviction into action so that together we can impact lostness through disciple-making in North Carolina and beyond.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Josh Reed serves as senior consultant of Adult Evangelism and Discipleship with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.