Ya Ya and it don’t stop…

“Ten Commandments for Church Planting Movements” (pg. 257)

1. Immerse Your Community in Prayer

2. Saturate Your Community with the Gospel

3. Cling to God’s Word

4. Fight Against Foreign Dependency

5. Eliminate All Non-Reproducible Elements

6. Live the Vision that You Wish to Fulfill

7. Build Reproduction into Every Believer & Church

8. Train All Believers to Evangelize, Disciple & Plant Churches

9. Model, Assist, Watch, and Leave

10. Discover What God is Doing and Join Him

These are ten things that Garrison and his team came up with after looking back over the CPM’s they have studied. While these ten don’t include everything they’ve learned, they do encompass the most important parts.

Frequently Asked Questions: (pg. 261-262)

“What is the role of volunteers in CPM’s?”

The very name volunteer connotes someone who is not a professional, and in our highly professional society, this sometimes carries a negative image. But in the economy of Church Planting Movements amateurism is anything but negative. We must remember that the word “amateur” literally means “one who does it out of love,” as opposed to one who does it for pay. Let’s look at some of the reasons volunteers are so valuable to CPM’s:

1. Volunteers are so important because they model self-sacrificing love for, and obedience to, the Great Commission. They are not only UNPAID, they actually pay for the privelege of serving God…

2. Volunteers come from the real world. They are secretaries, farmers, teachers, builders, doctors, lawyers, and numerous other professions-secular professions that exist in the societies of lost people groups all over the world.

3. Volunteers are God’s people, and as God’s people they possess the same vibrant Holy Spirit that enlivened the apostle Paul. When they connect with new believers they transfer an awareness that it is the Holy Spirit who makes one a useful servant of Christ, not one’s profession or educational training.

Aaron here now:

While many have read this book since it has come out, they have dismissed it as being helpful to overseas missionaries, but not relevant to the church in America. I STRONGLY disagree, and believe all of the principles I have read about in this book to be completely universal. They can be transferred to our particular culture and context. I truly believe that the day we start to take books like this one seriously in America that we just might have the privilege of experiencing a CPM on American soil…God willing.

Thank You “Church Planting Movements”…

Church Planting MovementsAs you may know I have been slowly reading through a wonderful book by David Garrison called, “Church Planting Movements“. This book is brilliant, and prophetic. I came across something this morning that encouraged me, and gave me much hope for the future…

“Converts are put on a pew while they demonstrate their conversion through years of faithful church attendance.  If the convert grows disinterested over time, the faithful conclude that his conversion was not genuine, when, in fact, he may have simply grown bored. This patter has led to a staggering attrition rate for evangelical churches around the world. The passion and zeal of the new convert is slowly absorbed into the church pews until an anemic, nominal Christian finally drifts away. Lost people are finding the message of the gospel powerful both in its appeal and its ability to change their lives, but they find life on the pews to be less satisfying.

In recent years, evangelical churches have improved discipleship training in an effort to conserve new converts. Some of these efforts have proven effective, but often they concentrate on indoctrination that results in better-educated Christians, but not necessarily better-assimilated Christians.

In Church Planting Movements prospective converts often begin serving Christ even before they become His follower. A Southeast Asia missionary began meeting regularly with a group of Vietnamese physicians. Though the physicians were not yet Christian, they met weekly for prayer, Bible Study, and sharing a vision of what they perceived to be God’s desire for them and their people.”

Garrison, David. “Church Planting Movements”. 2004. Wigtake resources. Pg. 230.