God is doing a new thing in this generation throughout the world using a phenomenon called Church Planting Movements (CPMs). A church planting movement can be defined as a rapid increase in the number of ethnic churches that assume responsibility for planting other churches among unreached communities. It is a Holy Spirit inspired movement characterised by heavy discipleship, intentional daughter church planting, and leadership development. Church planting movement DNA is simple, reproducible, and transmitted to third, fourth and fifth generation disciples and churches. We highly recommend reading the book Church Planting Movements by David Garrison and Miraculous Movements by Jerry Trousdale to learn more.
The missions world is starting to use the term Disciple Making Movement (DMM) more than Church Planting Movement (CPM) mainly because Christ commanded us to make disciples and said that He would build his church. Our goal is to plant the gospel, make disciples, and teach them to obey everything that Jesus commanded. As people live out God’s Word, they will make other disciples and part of being an obedient follower of Jesus is meeting together as the body of Christ (church).
Global Frontier Missions leans heavily on church planting movement (CPM) and disciple making movement (DMM) principles. We use a simple obedience based discipleship process developed by veteran missionaries like David Watson and David Hunt of City Team International called Discovery Bible Study (DBS). It is a very reproducible, inductive Bible study where people observe what the text says by writing it down or repeating it orally several times. Then, people interpret the passage by writing or saying it in their own words. After studying a passage, there is a heavy emphasis on applying God’s word by writing one or two “I will…” statements that people will obey immediately based on the Scripture studied and then everyone is accountable to the rest of the group. Finally, each person talks about who they will share what they are learning with as a way to keep evangelism/disciple-making built into the DNA of the movement. GFM challenges people to study the word of God and to obey what they are learning as well as disciple others with the end goal of seeing full blown disciple making movements.