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 insiders can a CPM take off.

The best insiders perform these functions:

  • They own the vision. Personal responsibility to reach their people. It is not the outsider's vision.
  • They multiply mid-range leaders. To sustain a large movement, there needs to be an army of practitioners who can train and model for others.
  • Call each other trainer, teacher, and brother. They reject titles like, "senior pastor" and "evangelist." Exalted titles create a professional vs lay distinction. The best insiders keep everyone on a level footing at the cross. Everyone participates.
  • Lasting fruit. They are there after the outsiders have left, therefore they must lead the work from the very beginning.
  • Organizing a movement. Culturally they can apply pressure in the areas necessary to sustain and correct.
  • Bring correction. Enough said.
  • Legitimacy. Anything that is foreign will be suspect.
  • Role Models. A foreigner can model, but never in a way that local believers can imitate completely.
  • Tweaking material to make it their own. Insiders expressing concepts in their own words enhances ownership.
  • Discernment. They differentiate the kingdom-minded, and those who build their own kingdom. Godly insiders have eyes to see who is self-promoting, and who is promoting Jesus.

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