Francis Chan fears the American church has become increasingly internal rather than missional. And he believes he's not alone. Chan says he's witnessed "a growing movement of discontent in the church." Many Christians, Chan contends, desire to break free from church as usual and make a dramatic impact on the world around them.

While speaking at the Passion Conference in Atlanta, Chan crossed paths with another leader passionate about disciple-making, David Platt. Platt had already begun developing a discipleship program, similar to what Chan had envisioned. By the end of their conversation, the two agreed that it was time for their visions to intersect.

Chan and Platt began working together, combining their visions to create a discipleship training program. The work resulted in Multiply, "a simple, practical, biblical, helpful, and personal tool for disciples of Jesus who want to make disciples of Jesus."

Multiply is a book and a series of weekly sessions. The weekly sessions include study guides and videos. The material is designed for two people to work through, a leader and a disciple. The study guides teach overarching themes of the Bible (creation, the Fall, God's covenant with Abraham, the life and death of Jesus Christ, etc.) and then encourage reflection on how these truths apply to the Christian life. The videos (approximately five minutes each) are for the leaders and provide instruction on how to guide another person through the material. Upon completion of the course, the disciple becomes the leader, quickly finding another person to lead through the sessions.

Platt intends to implement Multiply within his church, while Chan plans to bring Multiply to the Tenderloin District of San Francisco—an area known for ...

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Winter 2013: Callings  | Posted
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