Doug Lucas is the editor of the highly regarded web-based missions clearinghouse Brigada.org and is the founding director of the pioneering missions organization Team Expansion with work in 45 countries. Doug has now turned his attention to Church Planting Movements and Discipleship Multiplication Movements with an excellent new book More Disciples: A Guide to Becoming and Multiplying Followers of Jesus.
As a follower of Jesus, what's the one thing you can take with you from this life to the next? The answer: More Disciples! More Disciples is a practical, how-to guidebook that lays out a clear path for learning and implementing church-planting movement (CPM) and disciple-making movement (DMM) strategies and life principles. It includes in text form all of the concepts of the web-driven course, ZumeProject.com. In addition, readers can go deeper at a companion website, MoreDisciples.com.
Author and researcher, David Garrison, wrote, "More Disciples addresses head on the fundamental question: What's it going to take to bring the world to faith and discipleship in Jesus Christ? More Disciples takes the centuries-old-challenge and, through the grace of God, places it within our grasp."
A Movement that Keeps Multiplying
by Victor John with Dave Coles
The Bhojpuri Church Planting Movement began in the 1990s and continues to spread gospel light into the region of North India that has been called "the graveyard of missions." Drawing upon dozens of personal stories of transformation from within the movement, Victor John (with collaborator Dave Coles), guides us through insights and lessons learned along the way. Today, the Bhojpuri work is breaking through into neighboring people groups and marginalized social sectors, transcending language, ethnicity, religion, and caste. Click here to purchase.
Victor John is founder and president of Asian Sahyogi Sanstha India (ASSI) and a founding member of Asian Partner International (US). Victor is a vision multiplier among the Bhojpuri people of Northern India, an area long known as the graveyard of mission and missionaries.
Dave Coles is an encourager and resourcer of church-planting movements among unreached groups serving with Beyond (beyond.org) with 24 years of cross-cultural experience in Southeast Asia.
T4T is going global. Since its publication in the Spring of 2011, Steve Smith with Ying Kai's T4T: A Discipleship Re-Revolution has been used by thousands of English-speaking disciple makers around the world. But T4T's impact hasn't been limited to English-language practitioners. Already, the book is either available now or soon to be available in nearly a dozen languages:
used by thousands of...disciple makers around the world.
Korean: <click here>
Russian, Albanian, Portuguese, Hebrew, Chinese
If you have partners or co-laborers or know someone working in one of these languages, forward this article to them, and help spread the global resource of T4T!
When it first appeared in 1999, Dr. Victor Choudhrie's Greet the Church in Your House ruffled more than a few feathers. Defenders of traditional church planting and mission models found the book's ideas iconoclastic. I first met Dr. Choudhrie in 2002, while serving as a missionary in India. Even before that, though, I seemed to hear his name from everyone who was seeing multiplying movements of new churches in India. All roads to movements seemed to pass through Dr. Choudhrie's influence. Victor and Bindu's passion for the unreached and deep insights into Scriptural models for the Christian life, made them natural gurus for generations of young missionaries and local church planters who wanted to see fidelity to New Testament patterns and the dynamism that accompanied it in their own ministries. The Choudhries did not disappoint.
Despite whatever grumblings accompanied Dr. Choudhrie's Greet the Church in Your House many readers also found his ideas strangely familiar. Weren't these the same images of church that emerged from the pages of the New Testament? Wasn't this the vibrant life of faith promised by Christ and His apostles?
Though exegetical in nature, Choudhrie's writings have never been limited to biblical exegesis. Dr. Choudhrie is also a pioneer church planter and mentor of church-planting movements. This on-the-ground experience keeps his ideas fresh and relevant to missionaries and church planters who need real-life applications to the biblical lessons they've learned all their life.
Choudhrie describes his training as a medical school model. Just as medical students are rigorously steeped in the doctrines of their profession, so too must today's church planter master the faith handed down to the saints once for all. What makes Choudhrie's training special, though, is its interpersonal mentoring in real life situations. Just as no medical student's training is complete without practical skill development and mentoring by seasoned elders, so too with CPM practitioners.
It is small wonder that Dr. Choudhrie's writings have inspired a new generation of pioneer missionaries and church planters to press on to the fulfillment of our Lord's Great Commission.
You can look inside Victor Choudhrie's book in the Kindle store by clicking here.
At last count, mission researchers were tracking some 200 church-planting movements in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Latin America's most dynamic movements are currently taking place in Cuba, where Kurt Urbanek's new book, Cuba's Great Awakening, describes their growth and multiplication. Now, three additional resources are available for Spanish-speaking CPM practitioners.
David Garrison's Church Planting Movements has been translated into 20 foreign languages, and today, Spanish speakers can get the full translation, Movimientos de Plantación de Iglesias, in Spanish from our CPMs.com bookstore.