OUR BURDEN: LOSTNESSThey Who Sit In DARKNESS …
“We will facilitate the lost coming to saving faith in Jesus Christ by beginning and nurturing Church Planting Movements among all peoples.”
“A Church Planting Movement is a rapid multiplication of indigenous churches planting churches within a given people group or population segment.”
THREE KEY COMPONENTS • Rapid • Multiplicative Increase • Indigenous Churches
CHURCHPLANTINGMOVEMENTS PART ONE
10 UNIVERSAL ELEMENTS PART ONE
ONE: PRAYER • Fundamental to every Church Planting Movement • The first element in a master strategy plan • “it is the vitality of the missionary’s prayer life that leads to its imitation in the life of the new church and its leader”
TWO: ABUNDANT GOSPEL SOWING A Church Planting Movement does not emerge where evangelism is rare or absent The law of the harvest applies well: “If you sow abundantly you will also reap abundantly.”
The converse is also true: Wherever government or social forces intimidate and stifle Christian witness, Church Planting Movements are severely diminished
THREE: INTENTIONAL CHURCH PLANTING INTENT In every Church Planting Movement someone implements a strategy of deliberate church planting before the movement can get underway
FOUR: SCRIPTURAL AUTHORITY Church Planting Movements rest solidly on the authority of the Word of God Even when the Bible hasn’t yet been translated into the heart language, its authority is unquestioned.
FIVE: LOCAL LEADERSHIP CPM missionaries work alongside local believers Cultivating and establishing local leadership Careful not to do it themselves
SIX: LAY LEADERSHIP Church Planting Movements are driven by lay leaders These leaders are sometimes bi-vocational Always from within the general profile of the people being reached
SEVEN: CELL OR HOUSE CHURCHES In a Church Planting Movement churches begin as small reproducible cell churches of 10 - 30 members meeting in homes or storefronts.
EIGHT: CHURCHES PLANTING CHURCHES As CPM’s enter a multiplicative phase of reproduction, the churches themselves plant new churches. Nothing disqualifies local lay believers from winning the lost and planting new churches.
NINE: RAPID REPRODUCTION “The churches are unencumbered by non-essential elements and the laity are fully empowered to participate in this work of God”
TEN: HEALTHY CHURCHES CPMs consist of healthy churches carrying out the five purposes of: 1 - Worship2 - Evangelism and missions3 - Education and discipleship4 - Ministry5 - Fellowship
CHURCHPLANTINGMOVEMENTS PART TWO
TEN COMMON FACTORS PART TWO
ONE: WORSHIP IN THE HEART LANGUAGE Keeps it accessible and within reach of all members of the community and allows everyone to participate in a new church’s formation
TWO: EVANGELISM HAS COMMUNAL IMPLICATIONS Contrary to the Western emphasis on individualism and personal commitment, CPM’s typically spread through communal lines and family ties.
THREE: RAPID INCORPORATION OF NEW CONVERTS INTO THE LIFE AND MINSTRY OF THE CHURCH In most Church Planting Movements, baptism is not delayed by lengthy discipleship requirements…
…instead, discipleship often precedes conversion and continues indefinitely. • New believers become immediate • Witnesses • Disciples • Church planters
FOUR: PASSION & FEARLESSNESS Church Planting Movements are characterized by passion and a sense of urgency New believers exhibit a boldness in the face of opposition Boldness may invite persecution, it also fuels a CPM
FIVE: PRICE TO PAY TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN Church Planting Movements often emerge in difficult settings where following Jesus Christ may lead to severe persecution or death
SIX: PERCEIVED LEADERSHIP CRISIS OR SPIRITUAL VACUUM A country or people group that has experienced a loss of leadership or a spiritual void coming from war, natural disaster or displacement may create a ripe environment for a Church Planting Movement.
SEVEN: ON-THE-JOB TRAINING FOR CHURCH LEADERSHIP If new church leaders leave their churches for extended periods of theological training, the momentum of the movement diminishes. The most beneficial training brings education close to the action.
EIGHT: LEADERSHIP AUTHORITY IS DECENTRALIZED In a CPM every cell or house church leader has all the authority required to do whatever needs to be done in terms evangelism, ministry, and church planting without seeking higher approval.
NINE: OUTSIDERS KEEP LOW PROFILE To encourage indigeneity, missionaries draw local believers into leadership roles through participative Bible studies and mentoring from behind the scenes.
TEN: MISSIONARIES SUFFFER Many engaged in Church Planting Movements have suffered illness, derision and shame. Affliction may be related to a higher spiritual price required for taking enemy territory Rev.12:12
CHURCHPLANTINGMOVEMENTS PART THREE
9 -OBSTACLES TO CPM’S PART THREE
ONE: IMPOSING EXTRA-BIBLICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CHURCH • Why would anyone do this? • What is the issue? • What are the biblical requirements?
TWO: LOSS OF A VALUED CULTURAL IDENTITY • Certain elements in every culture are challenged by the gospel • Other features are simply expressions of our diversity
A major obstacle exists: When a people group must abandon its own culture and embrace a foreign culture to come to Christ
THREE: OVERCOMING POOR EXAMPLES OF CHRISTIANITY The challenge created by those who have preceded us
FOUR: NON-REPRODUCIBLE CHURCH MODELS Non indigenous churches Can this approach to church planting, this style of worship, etc., be reproduced by these local believers?
FIVE: SUBSIDIES CREATING DEPENDENCE • The importance of external support • The “Help that Hurts”
SIX: EXTRA-BIBLICAL LEADERSHIP REQUIREMENTS • Who can be a pastor in your context? • What are the biblical requirements for church leadership?
EIGHT: LINEAR, SEQUENTIAL THOUGHT AND PRACTICE • A new way of thinking is needed • Old model - slowly building a CPM step-by-step • New model - plan the end from the beginning
NI NE: PRESCRIPTIVE RATHER THAN DESCRIPTIVE STATEGIES • Be a passionate learner • Find what God is doing and join Him