Nick Klinkenberg

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What has Gibraltar got to do with planting churches?

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A few years ago I had the privilege to speak in the oldest Methodist Church in Europe – Gibraltar! It was planted by one of John Wesley’s converts, a soldier from England, some 250 years ago.

It was very sobering to read the names on a wooden board inside the church building of the pastors, leaders, and their wives. Some went there for only a few months before a sickness took them; some were there many years! What an amazing history. 

This fires me up...WHY? Because for 250 years a group of people has been faithfully ministering in that community. We are not talking about a one-off crusade, concert, or conference, which by the way are all valid, but they NEVER replace the church. Week in & week out, year after year, decade after decade, come difficulties, problems, deaths, and heartaches…Celebrations, birthdays, marriages, and God's word preached. God's people have been able to speak into that community, encourage and support one another, and pray for one another for over two centuries. Missionaries have been supported and sent from this church. 

This for me is another proof that Christianity works and His Church will absolutely prevail. Today the pastor and church have influence on not only the Christian community, but also to the Governor and leaders of Gibraltar. It is still a healthy, vibrant, caring, evangelistic church. 

I wonder if indeed John Wesley, let alone the people who began the church, had it in their mind the legacy they would leave, two and a half centuries later!! We are not talking about a large church either, but one that certainly has a large influence! The power of the Church...Wow! I want to say it again, but with a twist, "truly church planting is the BEST long term continuous method of evangelism under God's Heaven..." 

This really hits home for me, as I was brought up in the Methodist Church in NZ...and I first realized the call of God in my life there. In fact, I can take you to the building and exact spot where this happened. Also, I became a Christ-follower in that church. 

With Jesus as the centre, it is still true, as Bill Hybels so firmly states, "the church is the hope of the world..." 

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September Update

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In today’s world we want things to happen instantly… right now, straight away. And when it doesn’t, we can be inclined to give up. Whereas I have found it to be true, that perseverance and fruitfulness go hand in hand.

On the weekend of 29 Sept – 1st October, a dream, 30 years in the making, is coming true! The very first Church Planting Training Centre begins. www.cptc.nl

I will be arriving in Holland a few days before this history-making weekend; beginning with a free church planting conference.  Please pray for this. 

The following 2 weeks…

  • I speak in a church in Almere, who are wanting to be part of VCI network.
  • Then we have a VCI all-in-day, with all our leaders on Saturday 7th October, in Oss (Sth Holland) & I speak in the church there on Sunday. Please pray.
  • I then travel back to Terneuzen for the next CPTC weekend.
  • Sunday & Monday - VCI church in Arras, France.
  • Back home to NZ by 19th

I have speaking engagements in NZ over the next 3 weekends. On the 8th Nov

I leave for Manchester, Belgium, and Ireland… but that’s for the next update!

Karen and I are involved in a new church plant in our home town of Cambridge. This is progressing well and on Sunday 17th September we begin meeting every Sunday. Please pray. It’s going extremely well.

My Multiplication book is selling well. It is already proving to be an extremely helpful resource for people. I would like a few to partner with me to sponsor a number of books at cost. This helps gets the word out there to people who need it, and of course helps our cash flow.

If you would like to partner with me simply send me an email or call me. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to purchase a book please visit visit our multiplication pagePlease pray for MULTIPLICATION to be an insightful resource.

Thank you - for your prayer and support…

Nick & Karen.

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Seven churches in seven years!

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We started this crazy faith journey 7 years ago of ‘Igniting Church Planting Movements in Western Europe’. Now we have 7 churches that are part of the network! What I felt God gave me 28 years ago is finally taking place.
 
I’ve just returned from my second trip this year to Europe. We had a great “VCI all-in day” in Le Havre (France). It was another fruitful, fun day and it’s always great to pray, impart, learn and hear what God is doing in the various churches. Every time, we meet new people and the network moves forward by another leap. We presented each church with a VCI certificate and some Euros to use for church planting. 

Following this, I had the privilege of speaking in Le Havre, Axel and Oss Churches, staying with leaders in their homes and meeting new leaders who are aiming to plant churches or join VCI. Very exciting. (It's the reason I go!)
 
The ‘Church Planting Training Center’ www.cptc.nl  is now full steam ahead.  We are beginning in September 29th – 1st October in Terneuzen; and will have a Church planting Conference on Saturday 30th. I will be back in Europe for this. We already have 6 students who know where they are going to plant… Yay! 

STOP PRESS: While the CPTC students pay a fee, there are other costs that are necessary, for advertising, sponsorship of 2-3 students (50% only), extra books and overseas teachers. If you would like to support this very worthwhile endeavour, please email me and I can give you details.

‘Multiplication’, my new book is selling well and is already proving to be an excellent resource for leaders and others thinking of planting new churches. If you want to sponsor 30 or 50 or 100 at cost - please let me know by emailing me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This would be a tremendous help in getting the message out there.

Something we need to realize is for those who are Christians and 99% of leaders in Europe the thought of planting churches and networks is a totally foreign concept. In fact, it’s even frowned upon. It’s an uphill battle every step of the way. In one City where we have a new church there are at least 249,000+ people who don’t have any personal relationship with Jesus. The City has a population of 250,000!! And the other leaders in the City are not happy with a new church beginning!!! 

So that’s the environment that most church planters in Europe face. That’s why partnership is vital, as I believe our leaders, church planters and churches will only reach their God-given destiny as we network together and really support one another.
 
Over the next few months I will be speaking in churches and seminars in NZ. Karen and I will continue to oversee the new church plant in our home town, Hope Chapel Cambridge. This new church is progressing exceptionally well.

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Let's be rabbits and not elephants

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Addition is good, for example 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 = 12; That’s OK and certainly better than nothing, BUT what about 3 x 3 x 3 x 3 = 81? That’s multiplication!! Often we think bigger is better, for example a leader may talk about having a church of 500 then over time it grows to 1200. That’s growth, but let’s not mistake that for multiplication. 

Let's look at how Elephants reproduction: The are only fertile four times a year. One baby per pregnancy. A 22 month gestation period. Sexual maturity at 18 years. Maximum growth potential in 3 years from 2 elephants to 3! 

Now let’s look at Rabbits reproduction: Almost continuously fertile. Average of 7 babies per pregnancy. 1 Month gestation period. Sexual maturity at 4 months. Maximum growth potential in 3 years...from 2 rabbits to 476 million!!

The DNA of Jesus, His disciples and Abraham is one of Multiplication!

Jesus spoke about multiplication often. For example, look at forgiveness, 70 x 7. Also what about when Jesus mentions 30, 60, 100 times!! Matt 13:23, Mk 4:8. The feeding of the 5000 men (probably 13000 people in total) is a story of multiplication.

Of course look at the promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Gen 1:28 / 22:15-18, Deut 1:10-11. My life verse in Eph 3:20-21, “God is able, to do exceedingly, abundantly more then we could ask, think or imagine…”  

Let’s not forget Jesus’ Commission in Matt 28:  “Go, make disciples of the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you!”

Often I see leaders wanting to build larger churches. After all, healthy things grow! But an apple tree will always be an apple tree, it will never be an oak tree or a poplar tree. I can pray & fast 40 days and 40 nights, but it will never be an oak tree!! But it is able to multiply! In fact if the seeds of one apple tree could all be planted, we would have an orchard, and in time orchards! That’s multiplication.

Even nature declares multiplication. So if you’re an apple tree, be the best apple tree you can be and do what you are meant to do: multiply!

So with the resources you have, how can you multiply? 

 

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