Critical Assessment 7: Planning and Evaluation

Planning

  1. Have you as a group of co-laborers heard God’s “EndVision” for your people? Are you working toward that?
  2. Are you thinking comprehensively or only in sequential steps in your approach to ministry and church planting?
  3. 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

  1. Although all the factors stated above are truly critical for indigenous movements of reproducing churches there is a need to guard against applying a “mechanistic methodology”. How are you avoiding this pitfall?
  2. How are you monitoring what is happening, or not happening, and finding complementary and creative ways under God’s guidance to address the specific situation He has placed you in, in order to overcome stagnation?
  3. Are you being unflinchingly honest in your evaluation of activities, motivations, and results?
  4. Are you giving up good things to see God do great things?

 

Critical Category 7: Plan and Evaluate

  1. 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.
  2. Research – know and continue to learn about the population group you are reaching.
  3. Be intentional in following and evaluating your progress in the critical elements toward movements.
  4. 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 affecting you.
  5. Be accountable to God and each other.

Critical Assessment 6: Leaders

  1. In what ways are you modeling the biblical principle of servant leadership among the people you are working? (Lk. 22:24-27)
  2. Do you refrain from establishing hierarchic structures requiring bureaucratic decision-making, which will not permit the dynamism of indigenous movements of reproducing churches?
  3. 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?
  4. Are they being warned about outsiders who would seek to force or buy control over them at the expense of biblical patterns?
  5. Are outsiders refraining from imposing requirements for church leaders that exceed those stipulated by the New Testament? (1 Tim. 3)
  6. Are outsiders assuming leadership in groups of new believers, or are are they mentoring and ‘shadow pastoring’ insiders to do so? (2 Tim. 2:2)
  7. Are an expanding number of potential leaders being mentored rather than focusing only on the first one who shows interest? (2 Tim. 4:19-21)
  8. Is there a development of unpaid or bi-vocational lay leaders and elders, rather than establishing a paid clergy? (Tit. 1:5)
  9. Are local trainings happening in an ongoing fashion to equip emerging leaders and evangelists to do a better job without having to look for theological education elsewhere?

Critical Category 6: Leaders

  1.  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.
  2. Inside leaders: keep all things reproducible by inside leaders and directed/lead by inside leaders (2 Timothy 2:2)
  3. 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 between clergy and laity (outside funds that often create dependency are avoided as much as possible). Outside money?
  4. Develop leaders through on job training (Philippians 4:9). Discipleship and Leadership Education and Training are “on the job,” continuous and primarily through mentoring. This builds communities that hold each other accountable for obedience to the Word of God.
    • Education increases Knowledge though teaching.  The focus is on knowledge.
    • Training increases Skill Sets primarily through coaching.  The focus is on the task and behaviors or character of the workers.
    • Equipping increases Capacity through mentoring relationships.  The focus is on the person, helping individuals become all that God has called them to be.

Reproducing leaders is crucial – a CPM is really a leadership development movement.

Critical Assessment 5: Churches

  • When they believe are they immediately obeying by being baptized? (Generally, this is a group decision and baptism). (Acts 8:36-38; Mt. 28:19-20)
  • Are they clear and certain about Scripture’s authority? (2 Petr. 1:19-21)
  • Are these new groups of believers intentional to start functioning as churches (Acts 14:23) – How are you helping them discover this scripturally?
  • Are you resisting the temptation to import your own cultural and denominational approach to how church services, church facilities and other things are to be done? (Acts 18:7) Are you allowing the Holy Spirit to guide them into all truth? (John 16:13)
  • Are the believers praying and praising God joyfully in their heart language? (Acts 2:11)
  • Are new believers testifying about their new found faith immediately? (Acts 9:20) – Are they being equipped to interact with skeptical nonbelievers? (1 Cor. 15)
  • Beside outreach, is there worship that focuses on God (2 Cor. 13:14), teaching of the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27), fellowship, praying together and the breaking of bread (Acts 2:42), signs and wonders, and a love that manifests itself in acts of mercy (Lk. 10:25-37; Gal. 6:10)?
  • Are new congregations being helped to do outreach to other places from the beginning? (Acts 1:8, Mt. 10:5-7; Acts 19:10)
  • Are existing congregations listening to God to start new outreaches into areas which are not yet reached, as the Holy Spirit did in Antioch (Acts 13:2-3)?

Critical Category 5: Churches

  1. Churches are discipled oikos’ that becomes obeying congregations (usually meeting in homes) who transform families and communities.
  2. Scripture and Holy Spirit are all they need (Acts 2:42; 1 Cor. 14:26) to establish self-replicating Disciples, leaders, and churches. Church Planting is an act of God through His Spirit and His people who are obedient to the Word and the Spirit.
  3. These new believers together begin the process of discerning how to redeem local culture. Do not import external culture, but allow them to redeem local culture by embracing all they Biblically can in a culture and allowing obedience to the Word to transform/redeem the rest.
  4. They need to reach out beyond their culture/group (Mat 28:18-20). Reaching Out to “ALL” segments of society becomes a part of the group DNA as a result of obedience to the Great Commission (missions) and the Great Commandments.

Help new churches begin reproducing immediately.

Critical Assessment 4: Discipling

  1. Are you using Creation to Christ Discovery series to help people discover God and allow the Father to be the teacher? (John 6:45)
  2. Are you focused on making disciples of Jesus, not converts to a religion?
  3. Are you demonstrating a love for God and an obedience to his commands in your lifestyle? Is this your main goal with those you are discipling?
  4. Are you discipling the oikos (family/group) together?
  5. Are you willing to suffer and endure hardships for the sake of the Gospel? – Are you preparing new believers for the fact that entering the kingdom of God includes going through many hardships? (Acts 14:22; 2 Cor. 11:16-33) – How does your lifestyle reflect this?
  6. Are the methods you are using for sharing and spreading the Gospel reproducible by local believers?

 

Critical Category 4: Discipling

 

  1. Disciple lost oikos’ to commitment to Christ over the course of some weeks (make disciples not converts) – a Discovery Group will listen and learn from the Father (John 6:44-45) by coming to love and obey God through Bible stories from Creation to Christ.

    See this post for suggestions on what to do if they want to make an immediate decision.

  2. Teach them to love Jesus and obey His commands (Deuteronomy 6:4-9, John 14:15, Matthew 28:20). Teach obedience to the Word, not to human doctrines and traditions.
  3. Group Process: help the group learn together and share leadership and accountability. Groups/Communities learn more quickly, remember more things and remember them better, replicate more quickly and when correctly established protect against heresy and bad leadership.
  4. Persecution is normal and prepared for (John 15:20, Luke 21:12-19).

      Help those becoming disciples begin reproducing immediately.

Critical Assessment 3: Evangelism

1. How are you searching for Persons of Peace (Luke 10)? Are you following this pattern Jesus used to send out the 12 and 72?

2. Are you trying to share the gospel with groups instead of individuals? How? Have you encouraged believers to follow the web of their own oikos (family &friends) relationships to share what they are learning about God? (John 1:43-49)

3. To what degree have you helped new seekers and believers to tells other people what they are learning and doing to follow God? (Lk 15; Acts 2:14-41; 13:16-43)