“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.