This article does a good job of distinguishing between making converts and making disciples.
When God begins to do the same process with unrelated people around the world, we should pay attention. In the last few years, we have seen a great increase in a “CPM Hub training system approach”. The following describes the process for those desiring to catalyze movements cross-culturally among the unreached. We realize God calls some to catalyze movements in their own culture and we are glad to be part of God’s global body with these servants.
The CPM Hub Training process consists of four phases:
- Home Hub (phase 1) – being shaped in head (knowledge), heart (character) and hands (skills) while living in one’s home culture. They are living out CPM practices among both the majority and minority/ethne populations of their context. Since this is a CPM hub there is an emphasis on being able to make disciples before moving on to the next stage. This stage seems typically to be 1-3 years.
- Field Hub (phase 2) – This involves being apprenticed to CPM practitioners in a cross-cultural setting (and usually learning language) while again focusing on head, heart, and hands. The new team sees CPM principles in action in an affinity bloc similar to the unreached group on their hearts. This would again be typically 1-3 years.
- UPG Hub (phase 3) – Launching into a UPG in that same affinity bloc seeking to catalyze a CPM. The Field Hub team would provide or arrange for CPM coaching for this stage. This UPG team will be in it for the long term.
- Multiplying CPMs: If/when a CPM emerges in that UPG, rather than exit, they help that movement expand to start other movements in nearby UPGs (and sometimes further). Coaching and help is available from other CPM leaders who have multiplied movements.
If you are already involved in a hub or interested in helping start a hub, please contact email@example.com
Dr. Thom Wolf is one of the modern-day leaders in the re-examination of scripture which has been part of the foundation of modern church planting movements. Here is his in-depth article on Oikos Evangelism which examines anthropology and biblical perspectives on this crucial issue.
Someone I have trained and am coaching asked me for various resources. Here are some of the resources I was able to point him to.
1) Any resources or videos to show to leaders regarding the DNA of the DBS group
2) The list of resources and scripture on how to be a disciple, how to be a church, how to be a leader
3 ) DBS Lesson sets on wholeness prayer.
4) Any resources on how to find a person of peace
5) How to map out small house churches
24:14 is a newly forming coalition of CPM leaders from around the world focused on seeing a CPM engagement in every people group and place by 2025.
The current Mission Frontiers magazine has 13 articles about this effort – it is well worth your reading.
Focus and set the example of multiplying yourself.
- Sacrifice yourself and invest time in others who you are mentoring
- Treat them as friends first, not as primarily “workers”
- Show them what to do in the midst of failure and weakness (model this as you show your flaws)
- Give simple instructions and opportunities to practice
- Coach and supervise, but never control
Some thoughts about the need to be intentional in living and working toward movements.
- Evaluate based on God’s vision for your people
- Stop doing good and focus on great
- Strip out unfruitful activities
- Busyness is the new sloth
- Being busy is not a sign of importance
- Focus on the 20% of efforts and people that yield 80% of the fruit
- Focus on impact
Some thoughts on obedience in a “Love and Obey” God lifestyle
- Maturity: not how much you know, but how much you obey.
- We can’t know who will obey [Parable of the Two Sons]
- Move from saying ‘yes’ to doing ‘yes’.
In seeking to start movements, it is critical that you address the worldview of the people you are serving.
HonorShame.com “offers practical tools and training for Christians ministering in honor-shame contexts.”
Note – each culture is a mix of these 3 cultures and many more dynamics but these categories are helpful in getting started.
Note a previous post on makedisciples.net on this topic.