Multiply222 Takes its Cue From 2 Timothy 2:2: Entrusting Qualified Teachers to Disciple Others

Written by Paul R. Kopenkoskey on . Posted in Local

Bob-New Bob Crow: “If you’re not passing it on, you’re missing the point.”The statistics reveal what's at stake. Up to 85 percent of churches in North America have plateaued or are in decline while about 23 percent of the nation's population say they are not affiliated with any religion, otherwise known as the "nones." This is sobering news, but instead of waving the white flag, the Multiply222 Network has a plan.

Correction: the Word of God has a plan that the ministry seeks to birth in others, says Bob Crow, Multiply222's chief development officer.

Needed: qualified teachers

The biblical strategy is one-on-one discipleship. Multiply222 takes its cue from 2 Timothy 2:2: "And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others."

Its discipleship program is comprised of 27 lessons that take around six months to complete (one lesson each week).

"If you're not passing it on, you're missing the point," says Crow. "It's not just about you but how you keep the Kingdom growing. Our mission is to multiply churches and multiply disciples by sharing the Gospel and making disciples. We say the scope of Jesus' ministry was the whole world but the focus of his ministry was 12 people (the disciples)."


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Multipy222 Network has several other ministries that fall under one network. The Center for Church Renewal (CCR) provides North American churches and its leaders with training to thwart membership decline with a renewed Gospel impact. The Renewal Lab was launched in 2013 at Calvin Theological Seminary.

The CCR recently found a home with Multiply 222 Network at Sunlight Community Church in Port St. Lucie, Fla. They also affiliate with the Vibrant Congregations, which is a renewal-focused collaboration between the Christian Reformed Church in North America and the Reformed Church in America.

Then there is the Sunlight Community Church with three campuses: one in Miami and the others in Port Saint Lucie and Lake Worth. Port Saint Lucie's senior pastor, Scott Vander Ploeg is Crow's supervisor.

The other components of the network are the Sunlight Christian Academy and the Church Planting Initiative.

Age to barrier

While fundraising is a major component of Crow's job, it's the discipleship aspect that gets him jazzed. And he's discovered age is no barrier. He is discipling a person as young as 17 and a man who is 86 by the name of Herb.

Herb, says Crow, is a great example that a Christian is never too old too be a qualified teacher and bear fruit for God's Kingdom.

"Herb started disciplining somebody, Dave, and now Dave is working with somebody else and that's what we envision," says Crows.

"I have a front row seat of 2 Timothy 2:2."

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Paul R. Kopenkoskey
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Paul R. Kopenkoskey is a full-time freelance writer and editor for an assortment of publications including Grand Rapids Magazine, Grand Rapids Business Journal, and Faith Grand Rapids magazine. He has completed his first novel with the working title, Karl Beguiled. He and his wife, Barb, live in Wyoming, Michigan. They have three children and five grandchildren.

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