It started with 2 brothers starting a church (Christian Community Church) with reproduction as a seriously core value.
– So when they started a small group, it was with the other as an apprentice.
– When the next person said, “can I start another group,” they said “Sure – but you need an apprentice before you can start.”
– Then when the apprentices were ready to start their own, it was, “Sure – but you need each an apprentice before you can start.”
– When there were a few churches, a network co-ordinator was needed, but you guessed it, “Sure – you need an apprentice before you can start.”
They eventually needed a systems expert, and found one (and I guess he has an apprentice!). That’s when “New Thing” began – networking networks of networks of churches. Now somewhere in the world a new group/plant begins on average every 11 days.
This adamant apprenticing is the secret to their reproduction. A simple but effective mechanism to enable work to multiply! And even prevent things from starting until they are really ready with reproductive potential.