What If?

David Garrison describes church planting movements (CPMs) as “a rapid multiplication of indigenous churches planting churches that sweeps through a people group or population segment.” After studying lots and lots of these movements worldwide, they’ve observed that church plating movements always outstrip the population growth rate as they race toward reaching the entire people group.

One thing that is happening in CPMs is that they do not simply add new churches. Instead, they multiply. Surveys of CPMs indicated that virtually every church is engaged in starting multiple new churches.

They are satisfied with nothing less than a vision to reach their entire people group or city – every man, woman and child.

What if your church decided to reach every man, woman, and child in your city? What would it take? How many churches could be birthed if you started making disciples who make disciples who make disciples who make disciples?

What if you partnered together with other churches to start multiplying disciplemakers and churches all over the place? What if you started inviting other churches to join you to disciple your local neighborhoods? and to disciple your city?

What if the momentum of reproducing churches outstripped the ability of your church to control it? What if the making of disciplemakers and multiplying of churches became the ONE THING that every believer in your city was committed to? How many lives would be transformed by the power of the gospel?

What if…?

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Dave DeVries

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer, author and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. With 30+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches.
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  1. ZooMuse
    ZooMuse says:

    Hey Dave, bear with for a minute. I "hear" what you're saying, but to my (admittedly aged) ears, it sounds like the same ol' same ol'. Somehow your terms and principles sound the same as things said a generation or two ago, things to which we all said, "Yeah, that's right," but which, in the end didn't deliver. I feel a bit like Randy Jackson on American Idol: "Dog, it's just not doing it for me." What you're saying needs to stand on several layers and generations of new ways to engage people.

    Okay, I've vented now. Your htoughts?

  2. DaveDV
    DaveDV says:

    Ok – sorry it has taken me a while to respond. Since what I am saying is truth, does it matter if it's new? Also, since the concept of making disciples is not new, maybe it's just going to take some folks way more creative than me to figure out better ways to do it.

    Here's my main concern – we say we are about making disciples and we focus on teaching without emphasizing obedience or the reality that every Christian needs to obey Jesus and His Commission to make disciples.

    How am I obeying the Great Commission? That's what matters!

    Anybody got any new ideas of how we can make more and better disciples?

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