CPM/DMM a Neo-Reformed approach to evangelism?

(CPM refers to David Garrison’s use of the term in  his book Church Planting Movements and provides this definition “a rapid multiplication of indigenous churches planting churches that sweeps through a people group or population segment.” DMM refers to Disciple Making Movements which is my preferred westernization of CPM.  CPM might be thought of as the effect and DMM as the cause.

How do movements start, by finding persons of peace.  A concept found in Luke 10 and Matthew 10.  Someone who is spiritually receptive, has a network of relationships and is willing to give you access to these networks.

From that access the Scripture is placed in an context (person of peace’s network) and atmosphere of discovery (learner driven discussion rather than teacher/lecture oriented environment) where people read and respond to God’s truth.

The end game of this group is obedience,  (see this video) responding to God speaking and sharing it with their family.  So each group ends with two vital actions, identifying a measurable response to what God has said and a commitment to share what God is doing on one’s life with someone.  Both of which are discussed at the beginning of the next week’s group establishing a context of accountability.

TULIP which every young Calvinist cuts their teeth frames a world view.  Several of these points are the basis of disciple-making movements theology.

  • Total Depravity, all of a human and all of humanity in need of a Redeemer relationship with the Creator God.  THEREFORE
  • Unconditional election, God must bring the dead to life, working in their hearts calling them to himself which is what the Person of Peace concept asserts.  God is out their working and we awakening people and we need to join him.

The person of peace concept, coupled with II Corinthians 5:16-21 which declares that God is in the world reconciling it (the world) to himself, should provide ample motivation for the the Calvinist to be about his Father’s business.  It is not enough to know a Sovereign God, we are called to obey him.

There are people out there that God has chosen to work thru and our job is simply to get out there and allow God to reveal them to us.  As we do that we involve ourselves not only in the ends that our Sovereign God has ordained but we join Him in the means that He has ordained as well.

 

CPM/DMM, a method John Wesley could endorse?

(CPM refers to David Garrison’s use of the term in  his book Church Planting Movements and provides this definition “a rapid multiplication of indigenous churches planting churches that sweeps through a people group or population segment.” David Watson, a practitioner of CPM adds to definiton by suggesting four generations deep and 100 churches/Biblically functioning communities … Read moreCPM/DMM, a method John Wesley could endorse?

Christians may have gotten it wrong!

I received this from my friend and mentor Harry Brown of Cityteam.  Full disclosure, I guess would require me to cite that I am a board member of Cityteam to which I owe a debt of gratitude  to Harry, Pat, Dave, David, Hermie and others in helping me get to the understanding I have today … Read moreChristians may have gotten it wrong!

Is the modern Church on a “burning platform”? (Monday Metaphors)

The “burning platform” metaphor comes from the Piper Alpha oil-drilling disaster in the North Sea, the worst disaster in the history of North Sea oil exploration, where 166 crew and 2 rescuers lost their lives. Superintendent Andy Mochan survived the disaster by leaping from the burning platform into the oil-fired frozen ocean. He knew he … Read moreIs the modern Church on a “burning platform”? (Monday Metaphors)

Are we on the cusp of a new Reformation?

In my bones I feel the birth pangs of change.  A new Reformation which de-industrializes the “church.”  Trust me I am no prophet.  Geez, I matriculated from Dallas Seminary, they’d rescind my degree if they heard me talking like this.  But something is up! Seth Godin’s challenge to business leaders could be couched as a … Read moreAre we on the cusp of a new Reformation?