MULTIPLYNAZ is built around the following five values:
1. Relationships – a key to building and sustaining movements
2. Reproducing - it’s what we do
3. Resources – we resource districts and their leaders
4. Residencies - the way we reproduce
5. Renewal – we seek Jesus’ agenda, not ours
There is no doubt that intimacy with Jesus as the Head of the Church is the power behind gaining agenda harmony with Jesus. As we remain connected to Him (John 15:5), there are practices that enable us to better launch and lead a District Church Planting Movement (DCPM). These practices are all built around the following five R’s.
1. RELATIONSHIPS– a key to building and sustaining movements
Our first value is relationships. At the core of MULTIPLYNAZ are friendships, accountability, and networking among churches and districts committed to multiply. We believe churches and pastors should gather in both formal and informal networks to keep on learning. We encourage these networks of 4-6 churches to have a Network Leader who has selected an Apprentice Network Leader.
Just like we encourage operating every small group with an apprentice leader, we encourage every network to develop an Apprentice Leader. These networks are relational, not organizational. We encourage networks to connect at least quarterly via video conference or phone. The suggested format is simple — conversation structured around these 5 values: relationships, reproducing, resources, residencies and renewal. We encourage every church to establish a culture of “reproducing” in their thinking and ministries. Our first value is relationships!
2. REPRODUCING– its what we do
Our second value is reproducing. It's what we do. If you are committed to reproducing leaders and ministries, you will feel right at home among us! Every Nazarene district is committed to reproducing at every level of ministry, through new leaders, ministries, church plants, multi-sites, campuses, etc. We encourage this biblical reproducing model (2 Timothy 2:2) and suggest each church consider the following: a) reproducing a leadership resident regularly, b) reproducing a CTM / multisite / “new work” regularly, c) reproduce leaders at every level. Healthy churches are committed to both micro and macro multiplication. To assist in achieving these objectives, we encourage participating churches and districts to have a Reproduction Plan (RP) component as part of their annual Church Action Plan or District Development Plan. Our second value is reproducing!
3. RESOURCES– we resource districts and their leaders
Our third value is resources. To achieve the global agenda of Jesus, we know we are better together — we can go further together! This is why we collaborate with everyone we can. We share resources. It’s not just about “me, myself, and I” but about “us, we and our.” We encourage the sharing of everything, i.e. creative content, small group guides, message manuscripts, videos, knowledge and experience, best practices, leadership training materials and more! We want to facilitate better communication among districts and churches to start as many churches as we can, as fast as we can! Our third value is resources.
4. RESIDENCIES– the way we reproduce
Our fourth value is residencies. The more leadership capacity requirements increase in a church plant, the more important residencies become in a movement. We are serious about High-Impact Church Planting, which means we are serious about residencies! We also believe residency programs can be effectively used by churches of ALL sizes. Residency programs are designed to help churches identify, train and send out church planters, campus pastors, urban core leaders, cowboy church leaders, etc. who have been mentored and coached. A residency is a nine to 18-month apprenticeship with a Residency Church, after which the resident plants a new church, new campus, etc. A Leadership Residency includes: a) Apprenticing with a Campus Pastor/Lead Pastor at a Residency church, b) Real time training in the fundamentals of leadership / ministry reproduction and c) interaction with other reproducing planters / ministry leaders through Nazarene relationships and resourcing. Our fourth value is residencies.
5. RENEWAL– we seek Jesus’ agenda, not ours
Our fifth value is renewal. “It takes but one generation, ignoring or distorting the spirit and basic issues, to change for all the future the course of any spiritual enterprise.”[i]The Nazarene movement of God through the people of God was born with a unique spirit that led us to build agenda harmony with each other to fulfill the global agenda of Jesus, “to make Christlike disciples in the nations.”
All kinds of forces pull districts, churches and individual leaders away from regularly renewing the spirit of the early church. They left their place of flogging “rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name of Jesus…they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah” (Acts 5:41-42).
Because they had the agenda of Jesus, the early church was designed for outsiders. They built relationships with everyone and “enjoyed the favor of all the people” (Acts 2:47). They built agenda harmony and this spirit fueled the movement. We embrace this same value and are committed to the regular renewal of this same spirit.
[i]Board of General Superintendents, Church of the Nazarene, 1962 as quoted in the preface to the history of the Church of the Nazarene entitled, “Calling Unto Holiness.” (Kansas City, MO: Nazarene Publishing House, 1962).