Pioneering Advocate for UPGs Dies
The Baptist Press recently posted an article about David Barrett, a tremendous missions researcher and advocate for unreached people groups (UPGs) who died recently on August 4, 2011. His work has been instrumental in the development of the modern missions paradigm. Read the full article at http://www.bpnews.net/BPNews.asp?ID=35901.
A Historic Turning to Jesus by Muslims in Jedidistan
As early as September of 2000, formal reports reached International Mission Board, SBC leadership from at least three sources affirming that a significant number of Muslims were embracing Christianity in various parts of Jedidistan (pseudonym for a Muslim country in Asia). The reports included news of the movement crossing the border into the countryside of a neighboring country.
At the time of the church planting movement (CPM) assessment, the CPM was occurring in different geographic locations of the people group. The initial and largest segment revolved around Sharif, a local businessman and former Muslim. Another more recent and thus smaller growth segment centered on a career IMB Strategy Coordinator (SC) and his small team. The IMB SC had entered with the knowledge and encouragement of Sharif. By the time of the assessment was conducted, the movements had grown to the point that they were overlapping.
After on-site interviews were conducted by the CPM assessment team in March 2002, a detailed confidential report was written to document the existence of a CPM. It was found that there were 50 district-level evangelists operating in the districts covered by both segments of the work among Muslims. The team also concluded that there were 395 local evangelists, 2,439 pastors, 3,138 churches, and 93,453 members. In 2001, the movement produced 25,274 baptisms.
Read the entire Jedidistan CPM assessment here.
From an Urban CPMs Summit
In February 2009 a meeting was held of several urban church planting practitioners from nine urban centers ranging in population from three million to twenty-five million. The selection criterion for these cities was that more than one hundred churches had been planted to at least the third generation.
The goal was to learn about how these practitioners are getting to CPMs in the cities, as well as to help them each move forward. They were trying to determine what common significant factors were present in these cities and the lives of the practitioners where God is clearly at work in an extra-ordinary way. The prevailing common factors included abundant and fervent prayer; close personal relationships between the strategy coordinator and the local partner; one or more significant local partners who champion the vision and work; abundant evangelism; segmentation of the city for strategic targeting; consistent tools and methodology for training that facilitate generational growth; and a passionate work ethic on the part of the strategy coordinator and local partners.
Tribal CPM in Middle India
An Indian national strategy coordinator sitting in an Acts 29 Strategy Coordinator training workshop heard the words of II Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” This message pierced his heart and he set out to apply the principles he learned in Acts 29 to see a Church Planting Movement. The results were a phenomenal outpouring of God’s Spirit that resulted in more than 1700 churches and more than 42,000 new believers among one of India’s most intractable people groups.
One of the many examples you will read about in this CPM profile is of a new believer in the faith less than five years with very little education who started 9 new churches. You will find out much more about the amazing things that are happening in this Church Planting Movement.
Today with the emphasis on house churches (Romans 16:5, I Corinthians 16:19, Colossians 4:15, Philemon 2) there is a need to understand how house churches are forming and reproducing. In this study lay evangelists and lay house church pastors are the backbone of a movement sweeping a people for Christ. This is all the more amazing when you consider this people group does not have the written Bible in their language and most of them do not read. Despite these challenges lay leaders are conducting worship with simple obedience based Bible studies and building theologically sound disciples in Christ. View the rest of this profile here.
Download the cover art for A Tribal CPM in Middle India here.
A Church A Day
For more than 200 years Baptist church planting in this Indian state averaged one new church a year, but now the yearly total would be equal to an average of planting one new church a day. Missionary work in this state dates back to the time of William Cary. This Church Planting Movement is occurring in one of the poorest, most oral, and indentured servant states in India.
The initiation and spread of the movement was due mainly to the agricultural approach. The success, stability and strength of the movement came in the wake of an integration of radio broadcast and follow-up employing Chronological Bible Storying, with on-the-ground agricultural development steeped in evangelism and church planting methodology. Read more about the movement that produced a new church a day here.