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Rather than prescribing what could or should happen, this definition describes what is happening in Church Planting Movements. Throughout this website we will stick to what God is actually doing Throughout this website we will stick to what God is actually doing in these movements and resist the temptation to prescribe or predict how we think God ought to be working.
By clinging to a descriptive approach, we are humbly admitting that the work is not ours; it belongs to God. So rather than trying to squeeze God into our flawed predictions or prescriptions, we will let God be God and we will alter our understanding and behavior to be on mission with him. Each of us comes to the table with preconceived notions about the mighty acts of God.
First, a Church Planting Movement reproduces rapidly. Within a very short time, newly planted churches are already starting new churches that follow the same pattern of rapid reproduction.
The second key word in our definition of Church Planting Movements is multiplication. Church Planting Movements do not simply add new churches.
Instead, they multiply. Surveys of Church Planting Movements indicate that virtually every church is engaged in starting multiple new churches. Church Planting Movements multiply churches and believers like Jesus multi-plied the loaves and fishes. Perhaps this is why Church Planting Movements are devoid of goals to start ten or twenty additional churches in a country or city. Instead, these churches are satisfied with nothing less than a vision to reach their entire people group or city—and eventually the whole world!
As each church realizes that it has the capacity and responsibility to reproduce itself, the numbers start compounding exponentially. The third word is indigenous. Indigenous literally means generated from within, as opposed to started by outsiders. In Church Planting Movements the first church or churches may be started by outsiders, but very quickly the momentum shifts from the outsiders to the insiders.
Consequently, within a short time, the new believers coming to Christ in Church Planting Movements may not even know that a foreigner was ever involved in the work. In their eyes the movement looks, acts, and feels homegrown. Church Planting Movement: A rapid multiplication of indigenous churches planting churches that sweeps through a people group or population segment The fourth part of our definition is churches planting churches.
Though church planters may start the first churches, at some point the churches themselves get into the act. When churches begin planting churches, a tipping point is reached and a movement is launched. A tipping point occurs when new church starts reach a critical mass and, like falling dominoes, cascade into an out of control movement flowing from church to church to church.
Many near-Church Planting Movements fall short at this critical point, as church planters struggle to control the reproducing churches. But when the momentum of reproducing churches outstrips the ability of the planters to control it, a movement is underway.
Finally, Church Planting Movements occur within people groups or interrelated population segments. Because Church Planting Movements involve the communication of the gospel message, they naturally occur within shared language and ethnic boundaries. However, they rarely stop there.
As the gospel works its changing power in the lives of these new believers, it compels them to take the message of hope to other people groups.
Book Review: Church Planting Movements, by David Garrison
Church Planting Movements is the title of book by David Garrison of the International Mission Board in which he sites a number of cases where there has been rapid and exponential growth of churches in a given region. After analyzing these cases, Garrison distills a number of common elements found in each. Multiplicative — the number of churches grow at an exponential rate by multiplication, not addition. Churches planting Churches — ordinary church members, not professional clergy, accept responsibility for starting new churches. Abundant gospel sowing — believers use all possible means, including mass media, to get the message of Jesus to as many as possible, so the entire area is gospel saturated. Intentional church planting — Christian leaders, realizing that church planting is the most effective means of discipleship, devise a strategy from the outset where starting new churches is the single-minded focus. Everything not contributing to this focus is discarded.
Church Planting Movements
Review This is the reason the SBC was founded in the first place, and I am glad to see the men and women of the IMB so determinedly pursuing their goal of preaching the gospel of Christ to every people group on the earth. The philosophy of church planting in the IMB is mostly good, and new in many respects. Certainly people have written and talked about indigenous churches for centuries—since the days of Matteo Ricci in China—but the last few decades have seen the IMB wisely scuttle its strategy of erecting mini-Southern Baptist churches in the rural wilds of Africa and East Asia. Once the missionary has established a church among that people, the task is to instill in them a passion for starting new churches, not under the direction of the missionary, but by their own authority and with their own resources. In fact, Garrison writes, by the time a third-generation church is planted, the original missionary should have little or nothing to do with it. The work by that time is entirely indigenous.