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Disciple Making Movements & Church Planting Multiplication

Disciple-making is at the core of Christ’s Great Commission strategy. Ordinary believers make disciples, who make disciples down through their social networks.

Around the world today, the Gospel is accelerating rapidly, because of a dramatic return to the original New Testament church-planting plan. To “turn the world upside down”, as biblical church planters did in Acts 17:6, all the pieces are in place … except one: local economic sustainability. Without this, local movements are difficult or impossible to sustain.

The mission of sixteen32 is to be the link between your capital, our investment skills, and today’s church planters who need a sustainable source of income to continue their work.

For more information on the types of project we invest in, please see our Information Memorandums.

The Unthinkable
Consequences of

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Several years ago, a fledgling Disciple-Making Movement had begun to build momentum and grow.

300 churches had been planted among entirely non-believing people groups and communities across a group of neighbouring countries. The Kingdom of God was being established here on earth, as Jesus envisioned.

It had taken years … and the efforts of many, many people … to get to this point.

Through toil, prayer and spiritual breakthrough, a full-time leadership team on the ground had pursued movement multiplication relentlessly: one new convert turning to two, to four.

The effort in the beginning of a movement is massive, often with little fruit to show for it at first. But the Spirit had moved here. Multiplication – the goal of every Disciple Making Movement – was happening. Movement was starting and flourishing.

Then the unthinkable happened. The outside financial support that enabled the leadership to remain in place and focused … it all unravelled.

Outside donors changed their priority and began funding other activities, in another place.

It was as if an outside force was working against these church planters. They could not afford to continue their work. As a leadership, they were forced to disband and return to “day jobs” to support their families and community.

Multiplication stopped. Within months, the fledgling churches began to wind back and disband. Years of work disappeared. The members of those 300 churches had nowhere else to go. The movement foundered.

Your investment into sixteen32 will open the way to their financial independence.

Funding challenges
disciples makers face

High growth disciple-making movements have unique funding needs.

  1. They aren’t funded by the people they serve.
    Disciple makers don’t ask the people they serve for donations or receive normal missionary-style funding from churches in other countries. This approach is highly effective, but it also means disciple-making movements do not have a built-in funding source.

  2. They are movements, not organizations.
    Disciple-making movements do not work well with traditional ministry fundraising models because they are not structured like organizations. They don’t build buildings, hire big teams or put on expensive events. They use financial resources to care for those in need, train other disciple-makers, and support movement leaders.

  3. They need access to scalable funding.
    Disciple-making movements grow rapidly through relational networks and local communities. As movements grow, so do their financial needs. Coming back to donors every year takes leaders out of the field and becomes a growth barrier to these movements.

Partners

Persons of Peace

As important as a church planter is, it is also essential to start a church community with an influential, respected and magnetic local believer – a Person of Peace.

In the Book of Acts this is exemplified by Priscilla and Aquila. They became the cornerstone for Paul’s church-planting in Corinth. Jesus spoke of these Persons of Peace when he sent out the 72. “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them.”

Sibu's Story

Sibu’s story

From notorious Gang Leader to respected Person of Peace

At the turn of the Millennium, Sibu was South Africa’s most wanted criminal. He was the head of the ’28 Gang’ in Cape Town. His specialty was holding up armoured vehicles transporting cash around the city. Growing up in the township of Khayelitsha, he led a life of extreme violence from a young age.

Facing 22 years of imprisonment, Sibu began asking important questions. In jail, he began attending a Bible study run by disciple-makers. He continued to meet them after his early release.

Eventually, Sibu discovered who Jesus was and made a commitment to follow him. His transformation was night-and-day, but it was just the start of his story.

In his discovery, Sibu learned that Jesus demands obedience, including the command to help others discover Jesus. In that township of over 3 million people, Sibu was far more qualified to reach people with the Gospel than any missionary from outside the community. It is a key fact of missions work that discovering Jesus happens most in our social networks.

Today, Sibu is at the centre of a network of believers focused on seeing the townships transformed. They have nearly 90 discovery groups running, encompassing more than 1500 people in the township. All of them are on a journey to discover Jesus. We are watching God at work, as these disciples and the groups continue to multiply rapidly.

Join Persons of Peace like Sibu on this journey to see the Kingdom of God come on earth, by making a donation contribution of capital to the Global Fund, to sustain the leaders of movements that are producing so many new believers like Sibu. Join us on the journey.

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Township Retail

Funding Kingdom growth by financing growth of Africa’s leading township retailer.

Southern Africa is experiencing phenomenal disciple making multiplication in its townships. Church planters and disciple makers need sustainable funding so they can respond to such overwhelming openness to the Gospel.

Townships in South Africa range from informal settler camps to increasingly middle class stable and growing communities. In these stable and relatively prosperous townships, Boxer is a market leader in community retailing. As of June 2023, Boxer has a total of 449 stores across South Africa and Eswatini, including 282 big box superstores.

Despite these substantial numbers, Boxer faces a growth constraint. Its focus is retailing. It does not want to be a landlord or property developers. Potential landlords and developers exist, but because of the informal nature of townships, they struggle to find financing for the big box sites that are most profitable for Boxer.

This is the gap sixteen32 can fill, rather uniquely. Rather than be a landlord, property owner or developer ourselves, we can act as financer and first mortgage holder for the property developers. Their finance payments will repay our investment while also providing a funding stream for local church planters and disciple markets. In addition, because of our relationship with Boxer, which is run by believers, there is scope for Boxer to support local mission activity through jobs, services and facility-sharing.

The key to this opportunity is township relationships. Townships are attractive investments, because they combine low property and labour costs, with the spending power of a growing middle class. However, it is virtually impossible for outsiders to enter and operate within townships without a relationship with community leaders. Our Boxer connection provides this relationship. The door to the townships has opened for us and presents an opportunity for excellent returns from an established retail operation, with a risk profile that matches our policies. This is the ideal sixteen32 investment: an exciting match-up for the Kingdom, to support and sustain Disciple Making Movements in South Africa.

Asian City School

Building an urban base for church planting, by offering high quality teaching.

A prestigious school offering excellent education for the urban elite, while also acting as a hub for Kingdom growth, in a central city building, owned by sixteen32: this is a concept that solves the economic problems facing city church planters in an increasingly urbanised world. By offering education for wealthy families, church planters can be set free to share the Gospel with everyone in the 21st century city.

In a generation from now, by 2050, 70% of the world’s population will be urbanised. Church planters need to be in cities – but city ministry is extremely expensive. That is why missional models almost exclusively focus on rural outreach. This needs to change.

In a major Asian city in a major Asian country, a local married couple – both teachers – want to devote their lives to church planting and disciple making. This is not possible on teachers’ salaries. So, they have started their own school, aimed at upper income families, to fund their DMM activities.

Wealthy families are sending their children to these teachers, because the education is excellent and the teachers, as Christians, have an excellent and growing reputation for their values, standards and faith.

Already they are starting to sow the Gospel with their existing students, who are taking the good news home to their families, who are becoming involved in Discovery groups.

This is how multiplication happens, but it can happen much faster and it should include people from all parts of the city’s social spectrum.

To that end, having started small, the teachers and their ministry mentors have approached sixteen32 to acquire an identified site and expand their school. They want to create more jobs for Christian teachers, in a school that can become a safe site for church planting activities.

With an investment of $2-3 million, they will be able to triple their school roll and triple their DMM activities. sixteen32 will own their building and the school will pay commercial rent. They will have a base that provides income and ministry opportunities, while sixteen32 have a substantial asset that pays for itself.

This is what sixteen32 is trying to do: achieving Kingdom growth in ways that are sustainable for church planters and DMM catalysers, while protecting the capital of our investors.

African Avocados

Innovation in cultivation to support church multiplication across Africa.

Using trellises rather than free-standing trees, Paul Simpson’s innovative and proven approach to avocado growing delivers a 700% increase in yield, compared with conventional growing. This gives church planters across Africa the opportunity to use relatively small parcels of land to fund their work. sixteen32 will invest in the land, licence the IP and equip the farms – freeing up productive time for making disciples while also creating employment for church members.

Paul Simpson is a South African disciple maker, with real zeal and passion for Kingdom building and church planting. He has catalysed between more than 250 churches in seven African countries, including Zambia, Tanzania, Angola and Kenya. Crucially, Paul is also a well-respected commercial and entrepreneurial farmer.

Paul has developed this highly productive new model for avocado growing on his own land. Because the trellises maximise direct sunlight, his avocados are very large export-quality fruit – making this the kind of economic activity that governments are keen to encourage.

With these levels of yield, productivity and market demand, a local church-planting family will need only 2-3 hectares of land to produce crops capable of supporting them and their DMM work. Importantly, an orchard this size requires on a few hours of labour per week.

The model is also scalable, so that larger plots of land can be used to generate employment for more church planters and disciples. With a larger farm, like Paul’s own land, a manager can run the farm, setting church planters completely free to focus fully on making disciples.

There also appears to be potential for using the trellis technology to diversify into other crops.

The first stage of sixteen32’s investment will be to fund Paul’s full conversion of his own farm to full trellis-based growing. This requires an investment of around $200,000.

This will facilitate a major increase in the proportion of time Paul can devote to his DMM activities: from currently 40% of his time, to 80% of his time. Conversely, the amount of effort spent on avocado activities will fall from 60% to just 20% of his time.

This is exactly why sixteen32 exists: to achieve an immediate and sustainable impact on Kingdom work.

In time, we want to grow and expand our investment: to support more leaders, employ more people and buy more licences to the technology, so that these opportunities can be shared with churches and church planters outside Paul’s network.

Starting with the initial investment of $200,000, we envisage growing our investment to up to $10 million, across many countries and on a large scale.

This excites us, greatly. By Western standards, the capital requirements are small; the level of return makes it financially sustainable; and the spiritual potential is huge:

  • to underpin DMM
  • to impact communities
  • to bolster the fledgling economic activity that appears when lives are transformed by God, and
  • to establish sustainable churches that can be completely independent of outside funding.

In each of the seven countries where Paul has been so active and effective in planting churches, he faces the same barriers to church growth and multiplication:

  • his local team of DMM leaders are struggling to find sustainable funding for their work
  • where they do have donors, this support often comes with donor demands that clash with local norms, while creating a culture of dependency and vulnerability to donor whims
  • their large local churches include many people who do not have jobs
  • local people may have land, but it is not productive enough to support them
  • they are surrounded by human hunger – both physical and spiritual.

Paul’s Simpson’s new model for avocado growing provides secure, stable, sustainable answers to all these needs. sixteen32 is very excited about this as an ideal investment for supporting DMM.