CPM - Church Planting Movement
"Some of you are going to change big parts of the world in big ways. Some of you are going to change the lives of families and towns in big ways. All of you, if you will trust and obey the Lord, will be used of God to bring glory to his name, to bring salvation to his people and to manifest His kingdom on earth."
“A Church-Planting Movement is a rapid and exponential increase of indigenous churches planting churches within a given people group or population segment.” (David Garrison)
There are three key components to this definition. The first is rapid. As a movement, a CPM occurs with rapid increases in new church starts. Saturation church planting over decades and even centuries is good, but does not qualify as a Church Planting Movement.
Secondly, there is an exponential increase. This means that the increase in churches is not simply incremental growth—adding a few churches every year or so. Instead, it compounds exponentially—two churches become four, four churches become 16 and so forth. Exponential multiplication is only possible when new churches are being started by the churches themselves–rather than by professional church planters or missionaries.
Finally, they are indigenous. This means they are generated from within rather than from without. This is not to say that the gospel is able to spring up intuitively within a people group. The gospel always enters a people group from the outside; this is the task of the missionary or church planter. However, in a Church Planting Movement the momentum quickly becomes indigenous so that the initiative and drive of the movement comes from within the people group rather than from outsiders.
For clarification, we should also consider what a CPM is not. A CPM is not simply an increase in the number of churches, though this is a commendable occurrence. The key distinction is when the vision of churches planting churches spreads from the missionary and from the professional church planter to the churches themselves so that they have it in their very nature that they should be winning the lost and reproducing themselves.
Churches planting churches, one group giving birth to another group. This is the DNA that will drive a CPM. We come together from across the country and around the globe to learn more about CPM's. We will look into the process of Train & Multiply (T&M) and Training for Trainers (T4T). As we consider our context, we expect God to reveal His plans for us to implement. Praise the Lord for our time together. We look forward to see how God will work during these two weeks.