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Multiplication Exercise  
(Role Play)


15 min

This is a demonstration of the difference between addition and multiplication, highlighting the rapid acceleration of exponential growth.  Requires at least 25 people to be done effectively. 


Ask two people to come to the front.  For this example, let's call them John and Mary. 

Tell the congregation that John is a faithful witness and wins people to the Lord regularly.  Send him out to get one person from the congregation and bring him to the front with him, representing his new convert.

Tell the congregation that Mary is also a faithful witness, and send her out to get one more person.  But add that Mary also trains her disciples to do exactly what she does.

Now sent John out to get one more person and bring him to the front.  There are now 3 at the front on John's side.

It's Mary's turn to go, but since she has trained her disciple to be a witness, both of them go to get one more person each.  There now 4 at the front on Mary's side.

Remind the congregation that John is a faithful witness, but he doesn't train them to go and do the same.  But Mary trains her disciples to witness, but also to train others as faithful disciples. She passes the task of the Great Commission down through her spiritual children and grandchildren.

Repeat this process again.  John brings one more person to the front (4 total), but each person from Mary's side goes out and brings one more person (8 total).

If there are enough people in the congregation, repeat the process yet again.  John will have 5 on his side, and Mary will have 16.  At this point, people get the full impact of multiplication as opposed to mere addition.

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Alphabetical Listing of Training Elements

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  Acts 2 Study
  Allen, Roland - Strategic Points
  Allen, Roland - Substance of Paul’s Preaching
  Allen, Roland - The Teaching
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  Balance in the Five-Fold Ministry
  Banyan Trees and Banana Trees
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  Creation to Christ Story
  Creative Problem Solving
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  Discovery Bible Study (DBS) - AIM for Believers
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  Door-to-Door Preparation
  Ee-Taow, Part 1
  Ee-Taow, Part 2
  Eims, Leroy - Biblical Examples
  Eims, Leroy - Early Church
  Eims, Leroy - Two Examples
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  Four Kinds of Disciples
  Four Stages / Four Fields
  Generational Growth Mapping
  Gospel Bridges
  Gospel Encounters Record
  Gospel on the Hand
  Great Commission Partnership
  Hope in a Broken World
  Ibraham, Ishtak - Reaching Muslim People
  Inward & Outward Focus
  Know - Be - Do
  Lessons from the Thessalonians
  Lockridge, SM - My King
  McGavran, Donald - Pattern of the Great Century
  McGavran, Donald - People Movements
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  New Life in Christ
  One Anothers
  One Mission
  Parable of the Cornfield
  Patterson, George - Spontaneous Multiplication
  Paul's Development Through 5 Levels of Leadership
  Paul's Discipleship Model
  Paul's Three Journeys
  People in the Harvest (Four Soils)
  People List
  People Map (oikos or network)
  Person of Peace
  Positive Accountability
  Problem Solving Exercise
  Quotes & Verses Posters
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  Sending Narratives Study
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  Simson, Wolfgang - Fathering
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  Small Group Sizes
  Smith, Steve - The T4T Story
  Stott, John - The Bible in World Evangelization
  Strategy Snapshot
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  The Bold Parts
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  The Four Fields and the Great Commission
  The Great Commission of Abraham
  The Great Story
  The Left Side of the Graph
  The Lorax—'Plant the Seed'
  The Modeling Sequence in Luke
  The Peter Pathway
  The Romans Road
  The Traffic Light
  The Word on the Street
  Three Circles
  Three Great Commands and AIM Pattern
  THUMB - Religious Groups
  Training Faithful Trainers (TFT)
  Triangle and Square
  Vision-Casting Vignettes
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