Church Planting Movements: Defined and Diagrammed

Perhaps the greatest activity of God in the world today can be found in what are called Church Planting Movements. The most outstanding examples of CPM are taking place in China and India.

But, what exactly is a Church Planting Movement? How do we define this activity of God?

David Garrison, in his book Church Planting Movements – How God Is Redeeming A Lost World, defines a CPM as …

” … a rapid multiplication of indigenous churches planting churches that sweeps through a people group or population segment.”

In the book, T4T – A Discipleship ReRevolution, authors Steve Smith and Ying Kai define a CPM as …

” … the Spirit-empowered rapid multiplication of disciples and churches generation by generation.”

So then, if these are the definition of what a CPM is, what does a CPM look like?

Well, it looks a little something like this.

I found his CPM chart on the blog site of Steve Addison. The churches represented on the chart are not the typical churches that we are familiar with, and probably members of, in the West. They do not buy property and build buildings, have seminary trained, paid staff, or calendar programs that meet throughout the course of each week  in church facilities.

These churches emphasize abundant Seed sowing (evangelism), the making and multiplication of disciples, and the start and multiplication of (organic) churches that penetrate and saturate social and relationship networks and communities.

And, the Lord is using them to reach countless numbers of people for Himself in some of the hardest and most dangerous parts of the world.

It is true that only the Lord can initiate a Church Planting Movement. I do believe, though, that it is time for the church in the United States to give serious and prayerful consideration to the implementation of the principles and practices that we find in Church Planting Movements if we are going to reach our networks, communities, and cities for Christ.

For more information on CPM, read David Garrison’s booklet, Church Planting Movements.

 

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