Posted by: janpierce | October 15, 2011

CPM’s

     CPM’s, church planting movements, was the topic of study in the Jonathan Training Roger did for three weeks in Chang Mai, Thailand. People from all over Asia came to hear teaching on the successful church planting movements going on around the world. CPM’s are startling phenomenons. They begin small and grow rapidly, often with little outside influence or support of any kind. They are true “God-things.” That doesn’t mean they’re without cost, however. Often missionaries suffered or died in the beginnings of such movements and there is often persecution from other faiths or political powers. CPM’s are most successful when the teaching or sharing is done in the heart language of the people. They learn some stories about God, learn some songs, see some healings or other miracles done among their people and the new-found faith spreads exponentially through families and friendship networks.

CPM’s require intentional beginnings with authority quickly given to lay and local leaders. They rely on people willing to share whatever they know whether it be testimonies of their own belief story, Bible stories or songs. They require a certain boldness and certainty that God’s words are true and that Jesus is at the heart of their church experience. Long lists of rules, requirements to leave a culture or people group, financial dependency on Western money–all these things are obstacles to the multiplication that takes place in CPM’s.

Leaders of CPM’s are more caught in a wave of activity than in charge of it. They depend daily on God and not on strategies. They “go with the flow” because each movement is unique to that people group. They must be flexible and willing to be constant learners.

CPM’s are exploding right now in India, China, and some locations in Africa. In one district of China beginning in November 2,000 a CPM grew. It began with seventeen people drawn from three small state churches. This small group was trained in evangelism and discipleship of new believers and how to form house churches. The result was after two months they had twenty small groups formed into churches. Six months after that they had 327 small groups with 4,000 newly baptized believers. Six months later there were 908 house churches and 12,000 new believers. At the end of 2008 it was estimated that there were over two million believers in the area. Names of leaders  and names of towns and districts are not shared for the protection of the people involved.

Each of the participants in the Thailand training are involved in planting house churches. Even the flooding of the area didn’t dampen their spirits as they learned more about the principles involved in reaching a people group with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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  1. Thank you for sharing. Very good. It is God’s thing! PTL


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