Church Planting Movements

In order to provide every person with access to the gospel, we would need to have enough churches within every people group so that each person would have access to a fellowship of Jesus followers. Is it possible to see the kind of rapid multiplication of communities of faith within every people that would make it possible for every person to have access to the gospel? There is growing evidence that it is.

This Month's Articles

Rapidly Multiplying Churches Editorial

Rapidly Multiplying Churches

Are We Willing to Change to See them Happen?

If I asked you, “Should every person on earth have the opportunity to understand the gospel and follow Jesus regardless of his language, culture and location?” You would likely say “Of course, but...

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Church Planting Movements: What Have We Learned? Feature

Church Planting Movements: What Have We Learned?

IYKDWYBDYKGWYBG – If You Keep Doing What You’ve Been Doing, You’ll Keep Getting What You’ve Been Getting. These are the words on a poster that greets many missionaries as they commence Church Planting Movements training. It has become something of a mantra that renowned CPM trainers, Bill Smith and Neill Mims, have used to jolt frustrated missionaries out of their fruitless patterns and into new ways of looking at their community and ministry.

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10 Church Planting Movement FAQs Feature

10 Church Planting Movement FAQs

A definition for Church Planting Movements (CPMs) that has held sway for more than a decade is: “a rapid multiplication of indigenous churches planting churches that sweeps through a people group or population segment.”1 No one recalls who first coined the term “Church Planting Movements,” though it appears to be a modification of Donald McGavran’s landmark “People Movements” adapted to emphasize the distinctive of generating multiplying indigenous churches.

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Just How Many Church Planting Movements Are There? Feature

Just How Many Church Planting Movements Are There?

Today, “Church Planting Movements” (“CPMs”) continue to be a hot topic among church planting practitioners and missiologists.  Numerous articles and books have debated CPMs and pondered...

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Assessing Church Planting Movements Feature

Assessing Church Planting Movements

While waiting on a car repair one day, I had an interesting discussion with a man sitting next to me. As we talked, we discovered that we had a couple of things in common. First, both of us were believers and involved in Christian ministry. Second, both of us lived a number of years in Africa. My new friend’s name was John, and John came to a point in our discussion that he remarked: "You know, Jim, if it were not for the churches in Africa, our denomination would be exhausted and spent. In Europe and increasingly in America, it seems many churches are burnt out, but in Africa, things are 'buzzing.'"

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Someone Has to be First Feature

Someone Has to be First

The Power of Precedent and Promise

There are indeed places where we have no CPMs – yet. The number and diversity of places for which we DO have CPMs increases each year. Just a few years ago, I could count 10-15 CPMs. This past year I felt pretty confident about 30-35. But interactions with other CPM trainers and mission leaders indicate that the number is much, much higher. What we know of is just a fraction of what God is doing.

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Church Planting Movements Among Hindu Peoples Feature

Church Planting Movements Among Hindu Peoples

A survey in India of the 15 most widely spoken languages revealed that six out of 10 Hindus would like a Christian to tell them more about Jesus. When Hindus hear the story of Jesus and are confronted with the gospel they often understand and respond. There is openness to the gospel among Hindus, though challenges remain intense. With nearly a billion Hindus speaking more than 300 languages among myriad castes and people groups, it is imperative that we sow the gospel among Hindus abundantly, knowing that whoever sows generously will also reap generously (2 Corinthians 9:6).

Tags: church planting, hindu, hinduism, movement

Church Planting Movements Among Muslim Peoples Feature

Church Planting Movements Among Muslim Peoples

Some historians have described the spread of the gospel as if it were a divinely driven wind that has swept through history. They contend that what began in Jerusalem blew westward across Europe until it reached the Atlantic and then continued to the Americas. In the 18th and 19th centuries the gospel wind crossed the Pacific, and last century swirled through the cities and provinces of China. China’s recent “Back to Jerusalem” (B2J) house-church movement anticipated the next direction the gospel wind would blow as they followed it into the Muslim world. Today, a growing number of Christians are riding this wind across the Muslim world.

Tags: church planting, islam, movement, muslim

A Church Planting Movement in Cuba? Feature

A Church Planting Movement in Cuba?

Among the movements we have witnessed around the world in the latter half of the twentieth-century, none is more dynamic than the one that nearly escaped our attention in our own American backyard. For 20 years Protestant churches in Communist Cuba have been multiplying at an unprecedented pace. The movement or movements bear significance, in part, because they break many precedents.

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An American Adaptation of Church Planting Movement Principles Feature

An American Adaptation of Church Planting Movement Principles

After several years as a CPM trainer in South Asia, I found myself back in the buckle of the Bible Belt near Shelby, North Carolina where people also needed the gospel. As I sought to implement CPM Training for Trainers (T4T) principles that had been so effective in South Asia, I found it necessary to make some adjustments.

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2010 Statements and the Whereabouts of Satan Marginalia

2010 Statements and the Whereabouts of Satan

MF readers are well aware that 2010 was the year of four global mission conferences, all commemorating the Edinburgh 1910 meeting (www.tokyo2010.org; www.edinburgh2010.org;...

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Localization and Globalization Raising Local Resources

Localization and Globalization

Signs of globalization can be found in many places. I have a friend in Zambia who is a retired pastor, now living in a rural village with no running water or electricity. However, he has a cell...

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How Is Missions Working Out For You? Further Reflections
Messy Mangers, Misunderstandings and Movements Web Only

Messy Mangers, Misunderstandings and Movements

Anyone who has been involved in church-planting movements knows these two truths: Church-planting movements are messy, and they can be easily misunderstood and thereby missed altogether. The first of these truths the church planter can do very little to prevent, but can take comfort in when his or her ministry proves to be a messy one. Proverbs 14:4 makes it clear that, "Where no oxen are, the manger is clean, but much revenue comes by the strength of the ox” (NASB). When training church planting partners (kingdom oxen) to produce exponentially reproducing healthy churches (kingdom revenue), you can count on a messy manger.

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Are There Church Planting Movements in North America? Web Only

Are There Church Planting Movements in North America?

I have given my entire adult life to trying to discover the secret to starting spontaneous church multiplication movements. It has been an obsessive curiosity that has become a life calling....

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The Bible on Church Planting Movements Web Only

The Bible on Church Planting Movements

Qualified to Lead?

A common criticism of church-planting movements (CPMs) is that fairly new believers become leaders of churches. This seems to contradict what Paul says about the qualifications...

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A Church Planting Movement Unfolding in Uganda Web Only

A Church Planting Movement Unfolding in Uganda

A glance at the religious demographics of Africa attests to scores of untold church-planting movements. In 1900, the African continent’s Christian population stood at only 9 million adherents. By...

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