This then is what I mean by spontaneous expansion. I mean the expansion which follows the unexhorted and unorganized activity of individual members of the Church explaining to others the Gospel which they have found for themselves; I mean the expansion which follows the irresistible attraction of the Christian Church for men who see its ordered life, and are drawn to it by desire to discover the secret of a life which they instinctively desire to share; I mean also the expansion of the Church by the addition of new churches.A few pages later he writes this about the individual:
I know not how it may appear to others, but to me this unexhorted, unorganized, spontaneous expansion has a charm far beyond that of our modern highly organized missions.
Spontaneous expansion begins with the individual effort of the individual Christian to assist his fellow, when common experience, common difficulties, common toil have first brought the two together.I'll highlight two things from this last statement - shared experience and individual effort. Those ingredients form an explosive combination. That's one thing I love about the Life Transformation Group strategy. You ask three friends to begin to look seriously at the Word of God and follow His commands. You bring three or four people together who already have shared experience and invite them to make an effort to follow Christ.
Jesus must capture the heart of the individual in order for spontaneous expansion to have fertile soil. Those taken by the majesty of Christ are compelled to tell others. Archytas of Tarentum captured this sentiment when he said, "If a man ascended to Heaven and saw the beautiful nature of the world and of the stars his feeling of wonder, in itself most delightful, would lose its sweetness if he had not someone to whom he could tell it."