15 March 2011

Learning about Church Planting Movements

Beginning to blog today somewhat live from the Globe Europe headquarters in Hamminkeln Germany.  Bill Smith is teaching about church planting movements (CPM).

We began last evening with discussions of definitions of a CPM.  And parts of that definition include:

  • Rapidly multiplying reproduction movement of indigenous churches
  • Not funded from the outside
  • Founded on prayer and intercession
  • Led primarily by “laity”
  • Reproducing exponentially as the Good News of Jesus spreads

In the book of Acts – and in CPMs – wherever someone believed the Gospel 1) they told other 2) some believed and some did not 3) those who did not believe persecute those believe 4) those believe are bold.

This morning we begin with prayer and worship.

And now Bill Smith begins teaching and impacting. (These are short-hand notes… not complete)

Emphasis on principles not on techniques/methods.

In China – a rapidly multiplying CPM – the traditional greeting is “Have you eaten yet?”  Chinese Believers have turned it into “What has God fed you today?”  And then to ask, “Have you obeyed yet today?”  “Who are you telling?”

Principle: In places where churches are multiplying rapidly, individual Believers take responsibility for hearing God speak and sharing that with others… The message3s are often given collectively and given the question of how will you obey.

The opposite is where paid leadership has responsibility to hear from God and take care of that.  The ordinary church-member only prays, pays and gets out of the way.

Principle: nothing stops… what others say is remembered and given to others. In a non-reproducing movement we remember what we say, not others. In CPM, we care most that people hear and then pass it on.

Question – will we obey what we hear God say, and then pass it on to others?  Based on the Priesthood of the Believer.  The opposite says that only holy people do holy things only in holy places.  Very exclusive.

Book of Acts – beginning with maybe 500 Believers in one place,

Peter –> Barnabas –> Paul –> Timothy –> Epaphrus –> @ Colose –> Nympha @ Laodocea

Principle: transferrable multipliable discipleship… a disciple who is not discipling is not really a disciple… must believe God is giving you key persons in order to multiply – train many, but disciple those who will continue with you and who will train others.  Sometimes the “person of peace” is one with a negative influence transformed – such as the Woman at the Well (JOH 4) who was the message-bearer where a whole village believed.

“The most successful are not those with the most disciples, but disciplers are those who can trace the linage for many generations of disciple-makers.”  Legacy is important.

What do we see in the Book of Acts -

  1. Discpling others who disciple others
  2. Faith and patience to disciple others
  3. Colossians 2:1 I want you to know how much I am struggling for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally.  (NIV)
  4. It is possible to make disciples who make disciples, who make disciples…

The Mission Frontiers article: Hindu CPMs – MAWL: Model (do those things that new believers could also do; non-sophisticated things) – Assist (assist others as they did) – Watch (as others do this) – Leave… the apostolic model.

After leaving – Paul

    1. Prayed for those whom he left
    2. Sent others
    3. Left coaches
    4. Visited
    5. “Leave” is not “abandonment”

God honors our faith – for a church, for a region, for a movement.  Often our faith is too small. 

Do we set the pattern of self-correcting from the Word of God rather than through the latest preacher passing through?  And can we trust God to work through new Believers and to release them to do what God has called them to do?  The Word of God is the authority rather than strong personalities and authoritarian people.

Issues of confusion of control and accountability… biblical local-level accountability through group interaction about character, moral or life-issues.  Correction of life-issues has been passed on about how to deal with moral and life issues.

Spiritual Principle: wherever there are new lambs, there will be wolves.  So we learn ahead of time how we deal with wolves in the church, outside of the church…  “Leave” is not “abandonment”  Paul left his disciples behind but they remained in his heart.

Who do you tell?

Principle: Most new Believers have the most joy and enthusiasm the first few days of their salvation.  If told that as a new believer, they are the doorway of salvation to the family… tell those you love before you go to bed…

More later…

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