Church Multiplication

OnMission 2017

There are five billion people on earth who don’t know Jesus, and many of them have never heard of the gospel. What would it look like to engage all five billion? How would we measure that? In this video from OnMission 2017, Bekele Shanko, Vice President of Cru and Chairman of the Global Alliance for Church Multiplication, shares encouraging statistics about what God has done to multiply the Church in recent years. 

Bekele Shanko has served with Cru since 1993, first as National Director for Ethiopia, then Regional Director for 23 countries in Southern and Eastern Africa. He currently holds the role of Global Vice President for Cru. Bekele is responsible for Global Church Movements, which focuses on building movements of multiplying churches and faith communities worldwide. 

Bekele was involved in designing and leading major national and international evangelistic projects such as Operation Philip in Ethiopia, Operation Sunrise Africa in Southern and Eastern Africa, and the Emerging Leaders Initiative for Africa. He also facilitated the development of a 100-year national strategic vision for the Body of Christ in Ethiopia towards holistic national transformation.

Before joining Campus Crusade for Christ, Bekele worked as a Head of Information Management for the National HIV/AIDS Control Program in Ethiopia for five years. Bekele holds a Bachelors Degree in Statistics from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, an M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University, and a Doctoral Degree in Transformational Leadership from Bakke Graduate University in Seattle, Washington.

Born and raised in Ethiopia, Bekele and his wife Shewaye now live in Orlando, Florida, with their four children. 

As you watch this session, take notes and write down thoughts about how this session can impact your ministry. 

Which of Bekele’s points did you find most impactful? Why?
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What did the Lord reveal to you through this message? (Did you gain a specific insight into your life or ministry? What challenged you? Were you convicted of sin?)
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How were you encouraged through this message? How can you use what you’ve learned to encourage someone else—in your personal life, at work, or at church—and equip them as a disciple of Christ?
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How, practically, can you implement what you heard from this message in your life and/or ministry today? What will you do differently this week because of what you’ve just heard?
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It’s time to mobilize the people in our churches to use their gifts, talents, and resources in the Great Commission.  

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