Category Archives: Movement Principles

Lin Xingiao free at last

I can understand Job’s victories and Job’s defeats. It taught  me that grumbling does not help. Not against God and not against those who  persecuted me. My dear wife died while I was in prison. I was not allowed to  attend her funeral. It was like an arrow of the Almighty, until I understood  that […]

046-Leaders who multiply — Jeff Sundell [podcast]

Are you a leader who wants to multiply disciples and churches? What does your job description look like? What do you do every day to become a catalyst for a church planting movement? This is number 5 in a series of six podcasts recorded at a Community of Practice with Jeff Sundell in April 2013. […]


Baptisms @ $762,000 each

Reader Dave writes, Steve Good challenge on Zero dollar church planting. The Jan 2012 issue of the International Bulletin of Missionary Research (IBMR) publishes the annual statistics of the “Status of Global Mission”. They identify that $762,000 per year is the “cost effectiveness” per baptism, globally. Granted, the numbers include all Christian groups of every […]

Zero dollar church planting

I’m still coming terms with the reality that Nigeria has a current population of 170 million people. High fertility rates mean there will be 300 million Nigerians within the next 25 years. Sub-saharan Africa is in the midst of a population explosion that will continue for at least the next fifty years. Even tiny Liberia, […]

Pioneering Movements: 4. Removing obstacles

When four generations of disciples and churches are the norm, you’re in the middle of a church planting movement (CPM). It’s hard enough to get to a CPM. They are just as hard to sustain. Here are some obstacles that a CPM must overcome if it is to survive and grow. Traditional church culture. A […]

Pioneering Movements: 3. The role of insiders

One sign of a church planting movement (CPM) is consistency in getting to four generations of new disciples and churches.. What do we observe about effective “insider leaders” in a CPM? Insiders come from within the target community. They know the culture from within, and are connected relationally. Only if responsibility shifts from outsiders to […]

Pioneering Movements: 2. The role of outsiders

When at least four generations of new disciples and new churches becomes the norm, you are in the middle of a church planting movement (CPM). What do the best practitioners observe about the role of outsiders, or cross-cultural workers, in a CPM? This is what the best outsiders do: Encourage. Meet with you people regularly […]

Uneducated leadership

The second common objecting levelled at church planting movements (CPMs): New believers are rushed into leadership without academic theological education. This was charge levelled at Jesus followers, they were ordinary men who were untrained in academic theology and without proper credentials (Acts 4:13). The same charge was levelled at John Wesley’s workers and preachers. Every […]

Lessons on movements from a leader who is finishing strong.

An Interview with George Patterson from Southeastern Seminary on Vimeo. George was one of the early pioneers in church multiplication and remains one of the most influential figures in the field. You can listen on two levels: 1) how to make disciples and multiply communities 2) how God led and shaped George over time. This […]

51% empty or 49% full?

Researchers asked 1094 Australians who do not regard themselves as Christians: How open are you to changing your religious worldview? A majority of 51% are not open at all. So you can agonize over how to change the 51% who are resistant, or you can change your perspective and ask, How do we connect with […]