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From Megachurch to Multiplication

What would cause Experience Life Church, frequently named one of the fastest-growing churches in the country, to completely change directions? Why would they risk an attendance drop and a decrease in giving in pursuit of a vision that has seldom been attempted in the American church? The leaders of Experience Life knew this journey would be risky and calculated the costs before ever beginning. They believed that following Jesus and aiming to reach millions was worth any cost. Be careful with this book. It might inspire you to risk everything you have to follow Jesus. You’ve been warned.

From the back Cover
It took a unique vision for Chris Galanos to launch a non-traditional, cell church strategy after completing his seminary degree. But it took much more courage for him to ask 12 people to engage a vision of a church reaching 10,000 in 10 years. But when that happened in less than 9 years, the Holy Spirit invited Chris to engage a truly paradigm busting vision. For this task, most conventions of traditional ministry would have to be jettisoned in order to see 1,000,000 lost people become obedient disciples of Jesus. And after a season of preparation for that goal, the day came when Chris and his ministry team asked thousands of people to consider being trained and coached to depart the church to make disciples and plant simple replicating churches. This book is a very candid and winsome telling of Chris' and his team's journey toward the vision of seeing 1,000,000 lost people become obedient disciples of Jesus, and how insights from the Kingdom Movements around the world ahve shaped the process. This book is easy to read, but not for the faint of heart. It will elevate your vision, animate your prayers, and invite you to find what "exceedingly, beyojnd what you can thin, or imagine" means for you. Jerry Trousdale - Author of Miraculous movements and Co-Author of The Kingdom Unleashed

I have known Chris since 1998. His mother served on the board of Asian Partners International, the mission agency I founded; and his father met with me and others every Tuesday morning for several years to pray for Asian Partners and their ministries. It has been fun to watch Chris as he started his church and it grew beyond all expectations. I have had several opportunities to visit with Chris over the past ten years, and one thing sticks out: Chris wants to be on the front line of wherever God is at work. Chris' new book is the story of "What's next?" for an incredibly successful megachurch pastor when the megachurch he founded was not capable of reaching all peoples in all nations... The book is an easy read and will challenge anyone who reads it to aks the question, "What's it going to take to fulfill the Great Commission in our generation?". David WatsonCo-Author of Contageous Disciple Making

If there has ever been a time for a voice in America to beckon believers to multiply the church and complete the Great Commission, the time is now and Pastor Chris is one of those dear voices. I know Pastor Chris to unashamedly proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ and prepare new believers to stand together with the persecuted church. --Brother Yun (The Heavenly Man - Chinese Underground Church Leader)

Other Reviews
I have read a number of books on Disciple Making Movements (DMM). All of them inspiring as they related remarkable moves of God throughout the world. Some of them related the process or strategy of DMM. But they were all about movements happening outside of the United States.

Megachurch to Multiplication is the story of a Megachurch in the United States transitioning to a DMM strategy in order to reach even more people. With an honest humility Chris relates eLife's journey to multiplication on its way to movement. Their story is inspiring in that it is happening in the western world. It is practical as Chris explains the DMM strategy and gives examples of how it is being worked out in real life.

Before reading this book I had my doubts like everyone else - DMM is something that happens 'over there' but not here. Now I have a hope that we can see similar movements happen in our city and country. I highly recommend this book. - Stovall - Amazon - 20/07/2019 - 

About the Author
Chris Galanos is the Founding and Lead Pastor of Experience Life Church in Lubbock, Texas. Outreach Magazine named Chris the Youngest Megachurch Pastor in America serveal years in a row and named Experience Life one of the Top 100 Fastest-Growing Churches in the country 5 times. Chris lives in Lubbock with his wife, Emilie, and daughters, McKinley and Charis. 

About Experience Life Church
Experience Life’s original prayer was for 10,000 people to commit their lives to Jesus in 10 years. After the Lord answered that prayer in year 8, the team believed He was leading them to pray for 1,000,000 people to become disciples of Jesus in the next 10 years. To accomplish that vision, a massive transition was needed from a “megachurch” model (aka an addition model) to a “multiplication” model. Millions of people are coming to Christ around the world through the multiplication of thousands of smaller churches that meet in homes, much like in the Book of Acts.

Experience Life is now a network of churches meeting across West Texas, in 12 states across the US, and in 5 countries. They are actively involved in catalyzing Disciple-Making Movements both in the US and overseas. 

You can buy a copy of this book here.

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