CPM Critical Elements

If we want to be part of CPMs, we need to learn first from the Bible and then second from the works of the Holy Spirit in movements (in history and today). Acts 19:10 This continued on for two years, so that everyone who lived in Asia, both Jews and Greeks, heard the word of the Lord Jesus.

Over the next few weeks we will look at critical elements in movements – taking even one of the elements out can be crippling.
We will be looking at forming a:
                                                                          CPM Strategy based on  CPM Critical Elements

The following sentence shows the major CATEGORIES we will be covering.

GOD has a VISION for our People…so we reproduce PRAYER and EVANGELISM … leading to reproducing DISCIPLES, CHURCHES, LEADERS transforming lives & communities. 

Western Worldviews – WEIRD people

In 2010, an article titled “The Weirdest People in the World?” exlpained that most psychological research is conducted on a small, unrepresentative subset of human population—W.E.I.R.D people. Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, Democratic. I would suspect most of you reading this are from WEIRD backgrounds. For those of you not from this background I am sure you work with some of us WEIRD people! Thank you for your graciousness when dealing with us. HonorShame’s blog has a very interesting perspective on how…

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What about teaching in movements?

The main question here is what do we mean by teaching? Many people seem to equate teaching with lecturing, but “teaching” means “to cause to learn”. See this chart for a great explanation of how we learn (see the post link at the bottom of this article for more information on this chart). Another issue for some people is how we would let lost people “teach” or “lead” a Discovery Bible Group. Remember that in the discovery model, we are not…

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Brutal Evaluation

In movements, a key component of evaluation is sometimes called “brutal evaluation” or “ruthless evaluation” or a nicer way to say it is “unflinching evaluation”. Mike Baer makes a critical distinction in that we are not “brutally confronting reality” but “confronting the brutal realities”. Here is the link to the full article which is well worth reading. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/good-great-revisited-6-confronting-brutal-reality-mike-baer

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CPM FAQ: When does a group of seekers (Discovery Group) become a church?

Many see the church as being born when all (or most) of the group commits to Jesus as Lord and is baptized. They then start to “become” and “grow” as the church as they do the elements of church described in Acts 2:37-37 and throughout the New Testament.  A more extensive answer is in this article: “The Bare Essentials of Helping Groups Become Churches: Four Helps in CPM“ Another is in this article: “Generational Mapping: Tracking Elements of Church Formation Within…

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Critical Assessment 7: Planning and Evaluation

Planning Have you as a group of co-laborers heard God’s “EndVision” for your people? Are you working toward that? Are you thinking comprehensively or only in sequential steps in your approach to ministry and church planting? In order to encourage ‘indigenous movements’ all the various elements need to be worked on simultaneously. How is your team doing in relation to this? (1 Cor. 12:27-30) Evaluation Although all the factors stated above are truly critical for indigenous movements of reproducing churches there…

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Critical Category 7: Plan and Evaluate

Prayerfully prepare a view of “What God will Do” as an EndVision (Acts 19:10, Romans 15:18-19) that you continually use for prayer, planning and evaluation. Research – know and continue to learn about the population group you are reaching. Be intentional in following and evaluating your progress in the critical elements toward movements. Be very honest in evaluating both strengths and weaknesses and make necessary changes.Keep scripture as your guide and continually look for ways your assumptions and preconceptions are negatively…

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Creation to Christ – Shame & Honor Theme

Here is one example of a Creation to Christ sequence designed for those from a Shame – Honor society. Again, you will need to pray and work to adapt the process to the situation and worldview of those you serve. You can download the document here. Discovery Group Series with Shame/Honor Themes  Naked and Unashamed (Shame/Cover-Ups)                Genesis 2:18-3:11 Joseph in Potiphar’s House (Honor: Fear of God)              Genesis 39:1-23 Moses/Miriam/Aaron       (Sibling Honor/Shame)  Numbers 12:1-15 Korah’s Rebellion   (Usurping Honor)                  Numbers 16:1-50…

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The Spirit of God is launching Church-Planting Movements (CPMs) around the world, just as he has done at various times in history. With Acts-like DNA disciples, churches and leaders are multiplying every few months. In the glorious mystery of God causing the growth, we find that he calls us to join him in the work. As these modern movements have emerged, the Spirit is using a variety of “models” to start CPMs. Perhaps the majority of fruitful CPM models are…

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Critical Assessment 6: Leaders

In what ways are you modeling the biblical principle of servant leadership among the people you are working? (Lk. 22:24-27) Do you refrain from establishing hierarchic structures requiring bureaucratic decision-making, which will not permit the dynamism of indigenous movements of reproducing churches? Are you cautious about offering financial assistance by developing local lay leadership and emphasizing the responsibility of local churches regarding propagating the Gospel as well as governing and funding their own affairs? Are they being warned about outsiders…

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Critical Category 6: Leaders

 Outside leaders model (reproducible by insiders); equip; watch; leave and support from afar. Outside leaders introduce new concepts that are contextualized by inside leaders.  Outside leaders deculturalize, inside leaders contextualize. Inside leaders: keep all things reproducible by inside leaders and directed/lead by inside leaders (2 Timothy 2:2) Self-supporting, local leaders start and sustain all work – including groups, fellowships, and churches.  Self-supporting may mean the worker has a job or business.  This improves access and breaks down the un-Biblical barriers…

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