Train and Multiply - The Method Explained

October 8 2015

by Aaron Taylor

During out last post we discussed what Train and Multiply (T&M) is, and how it can be dynamically used just about anywhere. Now let's take a deeper look at the heart of the method and discover what T&M actually does.

12 Multiplication Principles

All of the methods used by Every Community for Christ (ECC) utilize 12 biblically-based multiplication principles.

  • Fervent Prayer
  • Abundant Gospel Sowing
  • Intentional Church Planting
  • Scriptural Authority
  • Equip Local Leadership
  • Mobilization of Lay Leaders
  • Cell Church, House Church, Village Church
  • Churches Planting Churches
  • Church Reproduction Without Delay
  • Healthy Churches
  • Immediate Incorporation of New Believers into the Life and Ministry of the Church
  • Active Training While in Ministry

While T&M ascribes to all of these principles, we find that the method is especially strong in the aspects of Gospel sowing, intentional church planting, equipping local leadership, on-the-job training, churches planting churches, and rapid church reproduction.

The Process

The process starts with a pastoral worker who finds a person who demonstrates hospitality and a willingness to hear a Gospel message. The pastoral worker shares the Good News with this person and their circle of influence.

Once this group gets a solid grasp of the Gospel and ministry of Jesus Christ, they learn from the pastoral worker how to do such things as pastoral care, baptism, and other on-the-job experiences. This type of hands-on training is what truly grows the leadership abilities of these new believers very quickly.

The new believers then continue to worship together and take responsibility for all of the functions of a house church. The pastoral worker encourages them and invites those whom God calls to become pastoral workers who will plant the next generation of churches.

The pastoral worker coaches these new pastoral workers to follow their example until they are fully trained and developing another generation of churches and leaders.

From here the cycle continues on and on, and the Church continues to grow. Thus,Train and Multiply has proven to be a substantial leadership development tool to expand the kingdom of God. This method, along with the grace of God, can take the Gospel to places it has never been before and reach millions of seeking souls that are hungry for God.

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Train and Multiply - An Introduction

October 6 2015

by Aaron Taylor


Over the past two weeks we have discussed two different church planting methods used by Every Community for Christ (ECC). This week we will look at the third and final process called Train and Multiply (T&M).

What is Train and Multiply?

Train and Multiply is a joint venture between Project WorldReach and One Mission Society that functions as a certifiable method of church planting and church multiplication. It was designed as a training method for potential Christian leaders to evangelize and broaden the reach of the church as a whole. T&M utilizes a unique approach to train leaders who will influence their culture and lead others to follow Jesus Christ.

How is it Used?

T&M has been translated into over 39 different languages (and counting), and thus can be used virtually anywhere. This method ascribes to the view that no one can influence a culture like those that are already members of it. T&M uses a simple, practical, reproducible leadership development process. The training materials use simple language and the illustrations reflect local dress and facial norms. The simplistic universality of T&M is what makes it such a powerful tool.

Later this week we will begin to dig into the specifics of the T&M curriculum, showing exactly how this method seeks to train leaders to influence their own culture.

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Every Community for Christ Methodology - Intro

September 17 2015

Over the next three weeks, we will be posting a series about the three church multiplication methods used by Every Community for Christ (ECC): Village Church Planting (VCP), Training for Trainers (T4T), and Train and Multiply (T&M).

All three of these methods have been tested and proven effective by church planters from across the globe. Every Monday we will introduce a new method, and finish up every Thursday by explaining the ins and outs of each individual method.

Beginning this Monday, we will focus on the first multiplication method, Village Church Planting. Along with this series, we sincerely hope to post additional blogs that will equip you with Stories from the Field that will describe how each of these methods is being used practically.

We are so excited to have you join us on this journey through our own church planting methodology, and we can't wait to hear any feedback or questions you may have. It is such a blessing to share the beauty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and fulfill the Great Commission alongside each of you using these three methods.

Blessings,

The ECC Team

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Stories From The Field

September 10 2015

For today's post we have various stories from mission fields around the world. These stories include church planters who have begun using the Train & Multiply curriculum, as well as courageous men and women sharing the Gospel in their own cultural context. We hope that these stories will inspire and encourage you to continue the great work of the Kingdom.

Job Vilma - Haiti

by Job Vilma

Job Vilma, 38, is the ECC Trainer in Haiti. He and his wife have a five year-old son. Job did not have an opportunity to begin his schooling until he was 13. Since that time, he has completed grade school and high school and earned a seminary degree.

The leader that Job has trained uses a bicycle for transportation. To reach his congregation, a one-way journey requires two and a half hours of riding, followed by three hours of walking, and he makes this trip seven times a month. One Sunday a month he goes to his local church to participate in taking the Lord’s Supper.

In 2013, a house group was started in Orange, and a month later this group birthed a worshiping group in Pillet. When this group was three months old, they started a group in Blankan. Now the following pattern has developed: The Pillet group meets together every Tuesday, and the Blankan group every Thursday. On Sunday, they come together and meet in Augarde, on the mountain. At their first combined service, 30 people were present.

Job makes a point to be with the believers at Augarde every second Sunday. Believers from the congregation he attended prior to becoming a trainer often accompany him on this trip up the mountain.

Raju – India

by Raju

My name is Raju. I am almost twelve years old and live in a village in India with my father, my mother, and my brothers and sisters. I am very blessed because I am able to go to school, but millions of children are forced to work and never learn to read or write. My father is like that. He cannot read, so I help him by reading the Bible to him so he can preach and start new churches. I also teach the other children in my village about Jesus. One day, my father took my mother and me to a big city where he was going to learn how to be a Bible storyteller. We joined him in the training room, although we sat to the side. I listened very carefully and studied the picture that the storyteller put on the wall for each story. After four days of training, the storyteller asked for people to stand by the pictures on the wall and tell all the stories in order, from Creation to the Resurrection. Several adults tried to do this, but they needed help from the others. Then I asked if I could try. The storyteller smiled and said, “Yes, Raju, you tell the stories.” Do you know what happened? I told all the stories, and the storyteller said that I was the best storyteller of all! Now I can be the storyteller for our village and help my father even more. I can tell him the stories over and over again so that he can go to other villages and tell people about Jesus. How do you tell people about Jesus?

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Prison Cell Church Explosion

September 8 2015

by Lois Pannabecker

Prisons in Honduras generally have about 400 inmates. In the prisons where ECC partner ministries have a presence, twenty to forty percent of the inmates are worshiping together in literal “cell” churches. Gary and Diane Barefoot are Church Multiplication Facilitators (CMF) in Honduras. They give us this report on their most recent visit.

Gary states, “I am so excited about what God is doing through the group of volunteers and the faithful Christians in Honduras!”

Attempting to get a good grasp on the current growth in this ministry, I asked a Train & Multiply (T&M) trainer, ”What do you think this program will look like a year from now?” At first I got a confused look, so I said, “How many trainers do you now have?” They answered, “Seventeen.” I followed up, “Then how many do you expect to have in a year?”

At first I was met with another blank look, then Nora spoke up, “In three weeks we will have a total of sixty-three trainers because several training classes will be completed.” “Ok, how many will you have in a year,” I responded? It was then that it really dawned on them that this program is about to explode numerically. They replied, “Well, we could probably have over one hundred!” to which I added, “probably closer to two or three hundred!”

Today, with only seventeen trainers, we have about as many groups studying and each of those has 5-7 trainees. Within the four prisons where our ministry is active, there is a total of two to three hundred individuals worshiping Jesus as a result of the Train & Multiply program.

God is in the process of opening all the prisons in the country, twenty-six of them, to our program. Praise God for open doors and encouraging growth!

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​What Might Happen ... With Great Training

April 21 2015

Rinse & Repeat. Most shampoo bottles recommend doing this for the best results. When you want the best results in reaching the unreached, the best method is Train & Multiply. When Willy and Vicky moved to Tacloban City, training was not anywhere on their immediate radar. God had called them to be there for the people post-typhoon and to share their faith in Jesus. They quickly discovered that preparation through training was necessary as the ministry was growing at a remarkable pace.

In June of 2014, they attended training in a process called Train & Multiply (T&M). When implemented properly, this method is producing much fruit. The three-day training equipped Pastors Willy and Vicky to open many new doors in Tacloban City. Instead of trying to disciple everyone, they are now able to train a team. This is similar to the way Jesus demonstrated to us, working with the 12 disciples.

In January, Pastors Willy and Vicky facilitated training for 13 people. On one end of the spectrum, they had highly educated individuals (a college professor, a retired regional social worker, a teacher, and a retired teacher, and a couple of barangay {neighborhood} officials). At the other end, they had individuals who struggled with the learning process. What a wild range of participants. Willy and Vicky did a superb job of handling both groups well. Excitement pulsated through the room when people shared their vision maps. Willy and Vicky are currently working with groups in 7 areas or regions. They could have 7-8 more areas if these lay people follow through on their goals and visions.

Train & Multiply was instrumental in One Mission Society and our partners starting 25,565 new worshiping groups in 2014. Pastors Willy and Vicky are a true testament to what might happen if we could mobilize ordinary people to go out into the harvest fields.

By Shane Christopher, Development Officer, Every Community for Christ

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​What Might Happen? Pastors Obey in the Philippines

April 10 2015

Obedience. This is what happens when ordinary people listen to God’s call. On November 7, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda hit landfall in the Philippines. One of the areas hit hardest by Typhoon Yolanda was Eastern Visayas. Tacloban City and the surrounding area accounted for 5,877 deaths, with more than 1,000 people missing.

Pastors Willy and Vicky Galzote were following God’s call as pastors of a church 996 kilometers away in Tarlac City when they heard the news. Their compassionate hearts immediately ached for the people affected by the storm. When such a travesty hits, many of us hurt for those impacted.

Their desire to help was unstoppable. Pastor Willy contacted leadership within Faith Evangelical Church of the Philippines (FECPI), the OMS-founded denomination, in hopes of coming up with a plan. Their desire was not to merely travel down with supplies or for a brief visit. God had convicted them to be much more, to build authentic relationships. Their call was to comfort aching hearts and offer hope.

Have you ever felt a call so strong that you were willing to leave everything? This is what Jesus asked of those he called. “And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ Immediately, they left their nets and followed him” (Matthew 4:19-20). This is exactly the call that Pastors Willy and Vicky received. They requested permission to leave the pulpit and move to Tacloban City.

A month after Typhoon Yolanda made landfall, a group of four from FECPI and One Mission Society traveled down to see what God was calling them to do. They had no clear contact person but went on faith that God would guide them. Pastors Willy and the others were just looking for a clear sign on how to help the people impacted. What they found was truly from God.

To be continued … We’ll continue the story next week …

By Shane Christopher, Every Community for Christ Development Officer

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Train & Multiply: On the Right Track

April 7 2015

Last week, we introduced you to Train & Multiply. This church multiplication method has been used in amazing ways to advance the kingdom of God.

But how exactly does T&M work?

One important distinction between T&M and other discipleship programs is its emphasis on leadership development. While the 64 booklets include resources on evangelism and discipleship, its strength lies in the development of healthy, well-equipped leaders, who are essential to a church multiplication movement. Without solid leadership to guide new church plants, multiplication will be slow and ineffective.

Here is an illustration of the Train & Multiply process:

One rail is labeled “pastoral work.” Every person involved in T&M is also involved in some form of ministry. It might be a simple church, a small group, or simply working with their family and friends. They have some place to immediately apply what they are learning. T&M is not training for ministry, it is training in ministry.

The second rail is labeled “home study.” A T&M participant learns through weekly study of God’s Word, the T&M pastoral worker training booklets, and practical experience. T&M booklets are simple and practical biblical training guides. They are easily accessible. They can be used anywhere, at any time, with any number of people. And they only cost what it takes to print them.

But what ties this all together are the railroad ties labeled “meeting with trainer.” Each T&M participant has a trainer who provides coaching and mentoring. Meeting biweekly or monthly, this trainer guides the participant through the leadership development process. They help the student plant their pastoral work and choose what to study. The trainer also encourages and holds the participant accountable.

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T&M Leadership – On the Right Track

April 6 2015

Last week, we introduced you to Train and Multiply. This church multiplication method has been used in amazing ways to advance the kingdom of God.

But how exactly does T&M work?

One important distinction between T&M and other discipleship programs is its emphasis on leadership development. While the 64 booklets include resources on evangelism and discipleship, its strength lies in the development of healthy, well-equipped leaders, who are essential to a church multiplication movement. Without solid leadership to guide new church plants, multiplication will be slow and ineffective.

An illustration of the Train and Multiply process is below:

One rail is labeled ‘pastoral work.’ Every person involved in T&M is also involved in some form of ministry. It might be a simple church, a small group, or simply working with their family and friends. They have some place to immediately apply what they are learning. T&M is not training for ministry; it is training in ministry.

The second rail is labeled ‘home study.’ A T&M participant learns through weekly study of God’s Word, the T&M Pastoral Worker Training Booklets, and practical experience. T&M booklets are simple and practical biblical training guides. They are easily accessible. They can be used anywhere, at any time, with any number of people. And they only cost what it takes to print them.

But what ties this all together are the railroad ties labeled ‘meeting with trainer.’ Each T&M participant has a trainer who provides coaching and mentoring. Meeting biweekly or monthly, this trainer guides the participant through the leadership development process. They help the student plant their pastoral work and choose what to study. The trainer also encourages and holds the participant accountable.

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What is T&M?

April 2 2015

What might happen if we could mobilize ordinary people to go into the great harvest fields at our doorsteps and start church multiplication movements?

In 2013, by the grace of God and through the ministry of One Mission Society, ordinary people did an extraordinary thing – they started more than 19,500 worshiping groups. They did this by being empowered by the Holy Spirit and by being equipped with a simple tool – Train and Multiply (T&M).

So just what is Train and Multiply?

Train and Multiply is a comprehensive leadership development program to help start and organize reproducing local churches, which can lead to a church multiplication movement.

It starts slow, with just a few people, but builds into a rapidly multiplying movement of disciples, leaders, and churches. In one-on-one or small group settings, motivated believers learn how to share their faith, how to disciple new believers, and how to gather those new disciples into healthy, growing churches. These disciples and churches then multiply themselves through 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and even 5th generations. And in the process, the disciples learn how to become strong, effective leaders.

T&M is a unique, menu-based leadership training/coaching approach that provides simple, easy-to-understand biblical training guides to equip ordinary Christians to start multiplying movements of disciples, churches, and leaders.

In the next five years (2015-2020), the goal is to start 414,000 new worshiping groups with the use of Train and Multiply.

We credit a very simple truth with the success of T&M:

Ordinary people can do extraordinary things when they are empowered by the Holy Spirit and equipped with the right tools.

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