The small group was meeting together for the last time. Things couldn't have been worse. Their leader was leaving, the intern was unreliable, others in the group were squabbling and vying for positions of prominence, and one member was about to be exposed for embezzlement, fraud, and disloyalty. Defeat and fear permeated the atmosphere of the room as the leader stood to speak. He said,
"Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God … "
The leader was Jesus, the dysfunctional cell group were the twelve disciples, and the meeting took place just hours before His arrest, trial, and execution. In spite of the advanced deterioration of this group's morale during the multiplication stage, by the power of the Holy Spirit, it survived to multiply again and again. Within a generation, it's numbers had increased exponentially to fill the Roman Empire.
As you come to the multiplication phase in your group consider Jesus' words: "Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God … "
No matter how chaotic things may seem at the time, it is all for the greater good of the kingdom of God. Here are some things to consider as you approach multiplication:
- It is never too early to begin talking about the dynamics of expansion. In fact, from the very first meeting, the people in your group should be taught that multiplication is a good thing and an inevitable one. If you wait too long to bring it up, your multiplication phase will turn into a division phase.
- People who have never before been through a multiplication will be, in varying degrees, apprehensive about its approach. They mistakenly believe that the strength of the group consists in who belongs to it rather than to Whom it belongs. Take their fears seriously and help them through.