Multiplying Communities of Disciples who follow Jesus in the Real World
Our desire is to follow Jesus ultimately to see a healing gathering of Christ-followers within practical, cultural and relational distance of every person, touching every neighbourhood with Christ's saving power, love, care and truth - that "the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea (Habakkuk 2:14)."
Where is the Church Growing or Declining?
The good news is evangelical Christianity is generally growing a little more rapidly than world population. The bad news is that when liberal and traditional denominations are factored in Christianity as a whole has remained at about 1/3 of world population.
Beginning Your First Disciple-Making Community:
Understanding Church Planting Movements:
Root principles of Movements that Move - Dwight Marble
Church Planting Movements (CPMs) - David Garrison
Can CPMs take place in the West? - David Garrison and Ed Stetzer
"Critical Elements of CPMs" - David Watson in MP3 audio
"CPM Counter-Intuitives" - David Watson, 20 brief teaching segments (in MP3)
Carol Davis: "Stop Planting Sterile Churches" (PDF)
Perspective on the Global Task:
Today: (click on either of these images to
Next Steps: please read Seven Million Churches to Go - Jim Montgomery
Comparative Global Needs for Church Planting:
By Country: in Excel including
% evangelical & evangelical growth rate
% Christian & Christian growth rate
unreached people groups
number of Christian congregations
church-to-population ratios (showing comparative priorities for church planting)
number of new churches needed to bring church-to-population ratio to 1:1000
Other Studies: Todd Johnson - "Christianity in Global Context: Trends and Statistics" (PDF)
Discipling a Whole Nation"(DAWN) Strategies(Also known as "Saturation Church Planting" (SCP) or "National Initiatives"):
A national initiative is not an event but a process in which the majority of the body of Christ (leaders of denominations and missions) come together for the purpose of seeing the whole nation saturated with churches in all its geographic and ethnic and cultural spaces for the sake of completing the Great Commission.
Practical steps to engage a 'whole city, region or nation'...
In a Word - What is DAWN? - Dr. James Montgomery (PDF)
13 Steps to Saturation Church Planting - Dr. James Montgomery (PDF)
Fire in the Philippines - Dr. James Montgomery (PDF)
The Discipling of a Nation - Dr. James Montgomery (PDF)
Then the End Will Come - Dr. James Montgomery (PDF)
Also by Dr. Montgomery:
13 Steps to a Successful Growth Program - Dr. James Montgomery (PDF)
The DAWN Research Handbook - Roy Wingerd (PDF)
Contributions to a Canadian Experiment - Murray Moerman
Leadership involves learning to develop teams
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