Church planters rightly admire and celebrate the great work of God in church planting movements (CPMs) across the non-Western world. However, all too often they pay attention to CPM statistics (number of conversions, rate of reproducing churches, percentage of people groups reached), not CPM missiology. As good Westerners, we gravitate to the numbers in CPMs and decry the slow resurgence of the gospel in the West. We mine these movements for compelling strategies instead of learning from the mundane stories of perseverance that constitute the history of CPMs.
A results-based comparison between the Majority Church and the Western Church isn’t helpful for several reasons:
1. Church Planting Movements are not overnight phenomena
2. The Western context is much different from the non-Western context
3. Definitions of “church” vary considerably
4. Church Planting Movements are movements of the Spirit
5. There are three overlooked, non-strategic ingredients for movements
Read Jonathan’s 5 points in more detail here