This thesis is based upon the realization that Southlands Church was found lacking in its operative theology with regards to the multiplication of churches. The primary objective of this study is to determine how to promote and multiply effective, biblical church plants from the Southlands Church, Orange County, California. The focus is on the role of the doctrines of the penal substitutionary atonement and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit in the planting and strengthening of these churches. The secondary objectives of this thesis are: 1) to interpret the operative theology of Southlands Church with respect to the multiplication of church plants from Southlands Church; 2) to determine a biblically faithful operative theology with respect to the multiplication of church plants from Southlands Church; and 3) to develop a strategic plan to strengthen the operative theology with respect to the multiplication of church plants from Southlands Church. The research design and methodology employed in this study are based on Browning’s strategic practical theology (1991:54-73).

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