Big Picture Strategies
Behind every CPM are intentional methods and strategies gleaned from scripture. These strategies fall into 5 primary categories: Entry, Gospel, Discipleship, Church Formation, and Leadership Development. How these strategies interact and work together to further Church Planting is The Big Picture.
This article is written in two parts, both of which are supported by a PowerPoint presentation with notes that can be downloaded here.
What do CPMs, Church Planting Movements, look like up close? What would we see if we went right down into the living room of a house church that was in the middle of a rapidly multiplying movement of new churches?
There are a wide range of church types found within the world’s many different Church Planting Movements, and they are not all of the same quality. We have little to gain from imitating the least exemplary churches in these movements. Let us look instead to some of the best practices in Church Planting Movement churches.
What is a church?
First things first: what are we calling a church? We could fill dozens of volumes responding to this question. With more than 40,000 Christian denominations in our world today, you can bet that there are many forms of church in existence.
Though a church may develop many expressions, it is, at its core...
Between May 11 and 14 some 1500 mission leaders and representatives from nearly every continent (Antarctica excepted) gathered in Tokyo, Japan to commemorate the centennial of the 1910 Edinburgh World Missionary Conference. The meeting was striking for several reasons:
INTENTIONALITY, GOD’S GLORY, AND THE CHURCH
While there has been some positive correction in the church, we still need to be more intentional about God’s glory. Our churches must be actively and intentionally making God’s presence manifest throughout the world. When God’s glory is our litmus test, we will see the following healthy church characteristics:
GLORIFYING GOD THROUGH CHURCH PLANTING
If you have not read Part I yet, it is recommended you do so prior to reading this article.Click here to go to Part I of this series.
Now that we have a little better understanding of the glory of God, let’s begin to tie it back to the church planting task. As we’ve discussed previously, many things bring glory to God, including the creation itself. Nothing, however, brings glory to God as much as expanding His Kingdom and growing His church throughout the entire earth, assuming, of course, it’s done His way.
Often, when Jesus spoke about the Kingdom of God and gave instructions as to its growth, He spoke using imagery and stories common to all humanity, and in most cases, the Kingdom was tied to elements of agriculture. One such example can be found in Mark 4:30-32, where Jesus paints a picture of the Kingdom of God as a mustard seed, though smaller than all the seeds that are upon the soil, when sown, it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and forms large branches; so that the birds of the air can nest under its shade. Throughout Scripture we find the principle of God turning something that starts small into something large resulting in glory to God.