Our Multiply Podcast hosts conversations aimed to stir, equip and provoke. Through interviewing thinkers, practitioners and pioneers, we aim to inspire and equip Kingdom people to launch Kingdom communities.
Ric Thorpe is a Church of England bishop in London, and an expert in church planting. In this podcast episode he talks to James Rankine and Paul Lowe about his theology for multiplication, the different stages of church-planting and developing a culture of prayer and intercession.
He also shares how the Church of England are intentionally diversifying their churches and their leadership teams to reach people from all ethnicities, cultures and backgrounds across the city of London.
It’s amazing how quickly people can change when they have to. We’ve been trying to get the church to be digital for about 20 years and they’ve resisted it like mad, and then in three weeks, we went online.
So this verse [Matthew 28:19] is not just about making disciples and multiplying disciples, but actually creating new churches in new places to reach new people in new ways. And so that that’s my kind of nutshell theology.
God is raising up an intercessory movement that often coincides with God doing a move, in a deep and great way, nationally.
It’s very important that, if you’re a member of a congregation or you’re new coming into the church, you see what you could be. If you see a multicultural leadership team then you you feel welcome. You feel there’s a place for you to develop in your leadership and that you’re going to be nurtured and looked after.
I think God is beginning to say “I’d love you to encourage each other to plant more churches, I’d love you to cheer each other on, I’d love you to pray for each other, and to play blessing on those who are different to you, because they’ll reach different people to you”. Pray for more multiplication, so that we can reach more people with the gospel.