While this blog often points to the deficiencies in missions and planting indigenous churches, we must not overlook movements that are taking place. These should encourage us and stimulate more urgency on our part to promote existing movements and initiate new ones.
“In the last few years, several thousand church planting movements have begun to emerge. At least 650 of these have reached a stage of consistent 5th generation churches in multiple streams. Some movements have reported up to 20 generations of churches. These movements involve over 50 million new disciples in 2.8 million small, new house churches. At least 90% of these movements are among unreached people groups. Average annual growth rate in these movements is often 20% or higher, vastly exceeding the general population annual growth rate.” (Source: Joshua Project, Business as Usual? March 2018).
Characteristics of a Church Planting Movement
• New disciples are gathered into small, rapidly multiplying churches.
• Discipleship focus is on obedience and patterns each disciple can facilitate and replicate.
• Emphasize discipling families and social units, not just individuals.
• Develop indigenous leadership.
• Have at least four generations of churches in multiple streams.
• Sustained multiplication after the fourth generation.
• Fruitful movements multiply new movements.
This gives us encouragement, but also challenges us as to whether we are participating in these movements of God; making sure we contribute through personal involvement, fervent prayer, and financial contributions where it will really make a difference.
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