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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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’.
This is one example of a Creation to Christ Discovery Set for groups moving from not knowing God to loving and committing to God. You will want to pray and work to adapt this to the worldview of those you are reaching.
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Creation to Christ – 28 Stories
The Creation of the World
- Creation of the world – Genesis 1:1 – Genesis 2:3
- Creation of man – Genesis 2:4-25
The Story of Sin – The Disobedience of Man
- The first sin and judgment – Genesis 3:1-24
- Sin spreads to the children of Adam and Eve – Genesis 4:1-16
- Sin spreads to the whole world – the Flood – Genesis 6:11-22, 7:11-23, 8:14-22
The Story of Redemption
The Cost of Sin and the Promise of Forgiveness
- God’s promise to Abraham – Genesis 12:1-9, 15:1-6
- God provides the substitute sacrifice for Isaac – Genesis 22:1-19
- Abraham’s descendants enslaved then God chooses Moses as liberator Exodus 1:1-14, 3:1-14
- The Passover — the blood and the lamb – Exodus 12:1-28
- God gives His Ten Laws and Sacrifice for breaking the law – Exodus 20:1-21, Lev 4:1-4
- God’s People Continually Sin – Judges 2:10-23
- God will send a redeemer – Isaiah 9:1-7 and Isaiah 53
Jesus Comes to Fulfill the Promise of Salvation
- Birth of Jesus according to prophecy – Matthew 1:1-25
- Baptism of Jesus — Behold Lamb of God! testimony of John & Spirit – Matt. 3; John 1:29-34
- Temptation of Christ – Matthew 4:1-11
- Jesus has authority to forgive sin — paralyzed man and 4 friends – Luke 5:17-26
- Jesus has power over nature — Calms the Sea – Mark 4:35-41
- Jesus has authority over spirits — Garasene Demoniac – Mark 5:1-20
- Jesus has power over death — Jesus raises Lazarus to life – John 11:1-45
- Jesus is the Savior who brings Eternal Life — John 4:1-26, 39-42
The Promise Fulfilled
- The Last Supper — ‖This is my broken body and blood shed for you‖ – Matthew 26:18-30
- Jesus is betrayed, arrested, falsely accused, tried and sentenced to death – John 18:1-19:16
- The crucifixion, decision for and against Jesus, ―It is finished‖ – John 19:16-42
- The resurrection and appearance to disciples and followers – Luke 24:1-35
- Jesus returns to the Father, the Ascension – Luke 24:36-53
- Our Response – The New Birth – John 3:1-21
Essentially, worldview is our basic, rock-bottom answers to the following questions:
- What is prime reality—the really real? To this we might answer: God, or the gods, or the material cosmos. Our answer here is the most fundamental. It sets the boundaries for the answers that can consistently be given to the other six questions.
- What is the nature of external reality, that is, the world around us?Here our answers point to whether we see the world as created or autonomous, as chaotic or orderly, as matter or spirit; or whether we emphasize our subjective, personal relationship to the world or its objectivity apart from us.
- What is a human being? To this we might answer: a highly complex machine, a sleeping god, a person made in theimage of God, a naked ape.
- What happens to a person at death? Here we might reply: personal extinction, or transformation to a higher state, or reincarnation, or departure to a shadowy existence on “the other side.”
- Why is it possible to know anything at all? Sample answers include the idea that we are made in the image of an all-knowing God or that consciousness and rationality developed under the contingencies of survival in a long process of evolution.
- How do we know what is right and wrong? Again, perhaps we are made in the image of a God whose character is good, or right and wrong are determined by human choice alone or what feels good, or the notions simply developed under an impetus toward cultural or physical survival.
- What is the meaning of human history? To this we might answer: to realize the purposes of God or the gods, to make a paradise on earth, to prepare a people for a life in community with a loving and holy God, and so forth.
- What personal, life-orienting core commitments are consistent with this worldview?
Read the entire post by James Sire here http://www.christianity.com/theology/other-religions-beliefs/8-questions-every-worldview-must-answer.html?p=0. This is from his book The Universe Next Door.
Here is one example of the Discovery Group process. This allows the Father himself to teach (John 6:45) as the group together discovers who God is and comes to know and love Him.
You can download the word document here.
Discovery Group Meeting
Questions for Discovery Groups for Households of Peace
(who do not yet follow Jesus)
- What are you thankful for?
- What are your struggling with / stressed by? How about your family, friends, and neighbors?
- Is there anything this group can do to help with any of these struggles/stresses?
REVIEW the previous story
Ask someone to retell the story from last meeting.
- What did this teach us about God?
- What did this teach us about ourselves / people?
- How did you apply / obey?
- Who did you tell (and their response)?
READ multiple times and everyone RE-TELL the new story
What does this teach us about God?
- What does this teach us about God?
- What does this teach us about ourselves / people?
- What do you need to apply / obey?
- Who are you going to tell?