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  • 1. Church Planting MovementsA Summary
  • 2. First Reports• David & Jan Watson, India, 1994 • Almost 100 new churches in one year • Thousands of new believers• 1995 – Southeast Asia• 1996 – Latin America
  • 3. A Rising Tide• East Asia, 2000 – 6 months, 360 new churches, 10,000 baptized believers• Latin American country, 1990s – from 235 churches to over 4,000 with 30,000 converts awaiting baptism• Southeast Asian country – 7 years, 920 new churches, 90,000 baptized believers• Currently IMB is monitoring 30 locations worldwide where some form of CPM is occurring
  • 4. Definition• A Church Planting Movement is a rapid multiplication of indigenous churches planting churches that sweeps through a people group or population segment.
  • 5. Key Concepts• Rapid Reproduction – outstrips population growth• Multiplication – virtually every church is engaged in starting other churches• Indigenous – Insiders drive the movement• Churches planting churches – exercising autonomy and to rapidly to control• People groups – naturally within shared language and ethnic boundaries, then bridging to other people groups
  • 6. What They Are NOT• Not just a revival or spiritual awakening – the people converting were formerly unreached• Not just mass evangelism – new churches start and multiply themselves• Not just people movements – CPM results in new churches• And finally, NOT the Church Growth Movement…
  • 7. CGM vs. CPMCGM CPMBigger is Better Smaller is BetterFocus on Harvest Fields Begin Among UnreachedPour Resources into Shift Quickly toResponsive Fields Indigenous Workers
  • 8. India - Madhya Pradesh• 4,000 new churches in seven years with over 50,000 believers• Key was moving away from church buildings to village-based house churches• Pastoral leaders are being raised up through the house-church system
  • 9. Asia - Three examples• Mongolia – 60,000 new believers in the decade of the 90’s• Cambodia – 60,000 new believers in ten years• Another Asian nation – 50,000 new believers in five years
  • 10. Africa - A Century of Effort• From 9 million to 360 million believers• 1200 new churches per month• 83 new churches in eight months in Ethiopia• Kenya revival among Maasai results in 90,000 believers among 600,000 people group
  • 11. Ten Characteristicsin Every Church Planting Movement• Extraordinary Prayer • Lay Leadership• Abundant Evangelism • House Churches• Intentional Planting of • Churches Planting Reproducing Churches Churches • Rapid Reproduction• The Authority of • Healthy Churches God’s Word• Local Leadership
  • 12. 1. Seven Roles for Prayer1. Prayer for Missionaries2. Prayer for the Lost3. Prayer modeled by missionaries4. Prayer for new believers5. Prayer by new believers6. Prayer between partners7. Prayer for more workers
  • 13. 2. Abundant Gospel Sowing“In Church Planting Movements we find hundreds and thousands of people hearing the gospel every day and out of this abundant sowing a growing harvest begins to take place.”
  • 14. Should “Responsiveness” be an issue?“True evangelism goes beyond proclamation to communication. Communication means someone has to hear and understand what is proclaimed. Often times, the subtle shift from proclamation to real communication triggers a response that was previously absent.”Must understand nuances of language and culture; other aspects of context.
  • 15. 3. Intentional Church Planting • Not just prayer • Not just abundant evangelism • Having an objective of new congregations is the key to multiplying new congregations
  • 16. 4. An Authoritative Bible• Teach converts to get doctrine from the Bible through guided study• Don’t rely on your own expertise• Don’t rely on written material
  • 17. Communicating God’s WordAmong Illiterate People1. Memorization and Recitation2. Audio-Visual resources3. Bible Storying4. Singing Scripture and Theology • EX: The Wesleys working with coal miners5. Educated Youth
  • 18. 5. Local Leadership“The resources are in the harvest”“Never do anything by yourself, always bring a brother along with you so you can model and mentor as you go.”“In a CPM you begin with the ‘torch’ in their hand” – you don’t pass the torch eventually
  • 19. 6. Lay LeadershipPractically – CPMs produce thousands of churches; well beyond the ability of institutions to produce professional leadersTheologically – the priesthood of the believerFrom Jesus – his disciples were “unschooled men” who had been with himFor Retention – Putting laymen to work assimilates them into the churchFor Relevance – Laymen connect better with laymenFor Economics – Allows CPMs to expand in underdeveloped countriesTo work well, laymen must be life-long learners and churches must stay small enough for a layman to lead
  • 20. 7. House ChurchesCPM churches begin as small groups meeting in natural settings, such as homesWhat they become after rapid reproduction begins is not of great concern. The movement will take on the shape that is appropriate in that culture
  • 21. 8. Churches Planting ChurchesExponential growth only begins to occur when churches start planting other churchesMissionaries consciously follow a pattern of Model, Assist, Watch, Leave
  • 22. 9. Rapid ReproductionRapid is undefined, but in the range of months, not yearsRapid Reproduction must be part of the core valuesMovement becomes• Out of control• Generating internal momentum• New Christians passionately share their faith• Fields are confirmed to be ripe for harvest• Things foreign and hard to reproduce rapidly are eliminated
  • 23. 10. Healthy ChurchesExhibiting the Five Purposes of the Church• Fellowship• Discipleship• Ministry• Evangelism/Missions• WorshipIn a balanced, healthy way
  • 24. Characteristics of Church PlantingSeen in Scripture• Vision Driven • Divine Power evident• Prayer in evangelism• Abundant Evangelism • Person of Peace• Scriptural Authority • House Church• Models for Movement Multiplication • Rapid Conversion• Preparation for • Multiple Lay Leaders Persecution• Family and Friends • A Portrait of Multiple Evangelism Movements
  • 25. In Most CPMs• Societal Uncertainty • Rapid Assimilation• Insulation/ Isolation • Heart Language• High Cost of Worship Following Christ • Signs & Wonders• Bold Fearless Faith • OJT Leadership• Family-based Training conversion patterns • Missionaries Suffering
  • 26. How to Obstruct a CPM• Blurred Vision – failing to clarify and revisit• Improving on the Bible – outside sources• Sequentialism – milestones for movement• Unsavory Salt – poor Christian models• The Devil’s Candy – money, ministry, unity• Alien Abduction – foreign-feeling gospel, foreign funds a necessity, irreproducible foreign elements in church life• Blaming God for a lack of results