A year ago we began this series on NCEM’s 5-Stage Church Multiplying strategy. We’ve attempted to explain the significance of each stage, and illustrate each with real people and places.
As the text in the yellow boxes on these pages indicates, there is more than one aspect to this stage. The most dramatic, though, is that this is when the missionary leaves.
Yes, that is what is supposed to happen! Our Mission’s vision is to establish indigenous churches – churches that are representative of the local community, suited to the culture and led by local Christians. These are churches that no longer rely on the church-planting missionary team.
But let’s be honest. Leaving is never easy. The missionary team has invested much time and energy to establishing the church. More than that, they’ve given their hearts to these people.
And leaving may not be any easier for those left behind. There will be local believers who have never walked the Christian life or been part of the fellowship without the missionaries there.