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Triangle and Square  


15 min

An extension of the Three Commands triangle. This diagrams shows how churches can become boxed in by extrabiblical requirements, preventing them from reproducing.


The triangle and square diagram was apparently created by Floyd McClung and posted on YouTube. This diagram demonstrates how the Kingdom DNA of the “three great commands” relates to traditional churches. Modern-day churches tend to add four additional requirements to create a successful church environment: buildings, programs, staff, and money.

It is interesting that the four “alls” of the Great Commission provide a meaningful response to these supposed requirements for being a church:

  • Buildings vs. everyday places. “make disciples of ALL nations”
  • Programs vs. disciple practices. “teaching them to obey ALL things”
  • Staff vs. catalytic, permission-giving leaders. “ALL authority” which suggests that Jesus is handing much of that authority over to us as His disciples
  • Money vs. complete dependence on God's provision. “I am with you at ALL times”


Ways to Break Free (ideas provided by training participants at Second Baptist Church, Moscow):

  • Put the triangle on the top.  Bad values will be crushed
  • Practice love for God and people openly.  Others will notice.
  • Add missing values of the Kingdom
  • Go outside the borders to create a new group.  Ensure each of the 3 commands is carried out. 
  • Small groups during the week outside the church building
  • People don't want to change if they like church as it is.  Help people see the long term effects of staying the same.
  • Define what it means to love God and to love neighbours (agape)
  • Share the Father's Heart continually
  • 2 Tim 2.1-2 -- be strong and pass it on
  • 2 Thess 3.6 -- avoid the disobedient brother, that is, don't focus on the resistant ones.
  • Before you multiply, you must shrink first!

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Alphabetical Listing of Training Elements

  15-Second Testimony
  Acts 2 Study
  Allen, Roland - Strategic Points
  Allen, Roland - Substance of Paul’s Preaching
  Allen, Roland - The Teaching
  Are We Disciples of Jesus Christ
  Balance in the Five-Fold Ministry
  Banyan Trees and Banana Trees
  Big Vision
  Blind Spot
  Breaking the Rules
  Church Identity Triangle
  Coaching Plan
  Coleman, Robert - The Master's Plan
  Community Survey
  CPM Continuum
  Creation to Christ Story
  Creative Problem Solving
  Dead Sea and Sea of Galilee
  Disciple-Making and Raising Children
  Discovery Bible Study (DBS) - AIM for Believers
  Discovery Bible Study (DBS) - AIM for Unbelievers
  Door-to-Door Preparation
  Ee-Taow, Part 1
  Ee-Taow, Part 2
  Eims, Leroy - Biblical Examples
  Eims, Leroy - Early Church
  Eims, Leroy - Two Examples
  Forces of Light and Darkness
  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
  Multiplication Exercise
  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
  Richardson, Don - Concept Fulfillment
  Richardson, Don - Finding the Eye Opener
  Schindler's List—'I Could Have Done More'
  Schwartz, Glenn - Dependency
  Sending Narratives Study
  Seven Generations
  Simson, Wolfgang - Fathering
  Simson, Wolfgang - Fivefold Ministry
  Simson, Wolfgang - House Churches
  Small Group Sizes
  Smith, Steve - The T4T Story
  Stott, John - The Bible in World Evangelization
  Strategy Snapshot
  Testimony (Personal Story)
  The Bold Parts
  The Complete Package for Church Planting Movements
  The Five-Fold Ministry in the Four Stages
  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
  Witness Model Zone
  Witnessing to Catholics
  Your New Journey


David served the purposes of God in his own generation, and then he died... - Acts 13.36