"We seem to have gotten so hooked on numerical church growth that we missed the idea of growth by multiplication . . . which we know from nature & biology is the more organic / natural way to grow." (Frost & Hirsch, The Shaping of the Things to Come. 2006. 212.)
Some of us are just learning to take Jesus seriously for the first time. We're discovering that when the Son of God commanded us to "go forth & make disciples" He meant us & not the impersonal institution we've come to call "church". Our hearts are beginning to come alive as we are learning to ask ourselves the hard questions like, "Who am I praying for today to know or grow in Christ? Who am I getting together with this week? Who will I share more of Christ with? Who will I disciple next?"
We're learning to take Jesus seriously and follow Him and discover His overwhelming love for the people around us. And those we're investing into are beginning to know and grow in Christ. And they're beginning to take Jesus seriously too. And soon, they will embrace His loving mission through them and begin multiplying and making disciples of their own. And soon the number of seats in our big church buildings won't matter nearly as much as the number of seats in our living rooms.
And we'll change the world... one disciple at a time.