Having 144 leaders means that you have managed to prepare your 12 and, as a result of your work, they conquered their 12 as well. In order to achieve this, you must be strategic and have clear goals.
They preached the gospel in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said. Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.
In Acts 13 we read about Paul on his first missionary journey to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch. He was winning, consolidating, discipling and leaving people in charge of the new cell groups. This is an equivalent to having conquered a team of 12. But already in chapter 14 we see him doing a different job: supporting each of the cell groups and strengthening them. Pablo knew that it was not enough to open new cell groups. He had to go one step further and help them grow. This is equivalent to working towards the team of 144.
The secret of multiplication and successful leadership is found in conquering the second generation of disciples: the 144. Why? It is very simple: conquering the first generation is only a first step. But that each one of your 12 conquers their own team of 12, and you all together become 144, means that you have not only sent these disciples, but that you have taught them correctly to apply the Ladder of Success.
“The formation of the 144 will be the result of having invested your time, your life and your ministry in twelve people. They will follow your footsteps, also striving to reproduce themselves in twelve disciples, because they will imitate everything you do."
Ps. Cesar Castellanos "144 THE KEY TO MULTIPLICATION" 2004, (G12 editors)
Conquering the 144 is not something that happens overnight. You must be determined to work strategically and intentionally to achieve it. Have short, medium and long term goals that allow you to achieve your main goal. The strategy includes some important steps such as:
· Motivating each of your 12 to start their own cell group.
· Helping your 12 cell group grow through the Ladder of Success.
· Guiding each of your 12 to choose their 12 out of all the people in their cell groups.
Finally, schedule monthly meetings with your team of 144 to have contact with them. Find out their needs and help them to open their own cell group.