Thousands of African and Filipino Believers Seeking ‘Church-Planting Movements’
Today, cross-cultural church planting is taking place in environments that are fraught with poverty and persecution, so by necessity, the local church often takes root in its simplest form. In these places, churches are essentially groups of believers gathering in homes, under trees, or café back rooms to worship, pray, study the Bible and teach others to do the same. And it is in response to these realities that the “church-planting movements” approach has been adopted by Pioneers.
One of the principles that Pioneers teaches through its CPM Training Initiative (just launched in 2010) is the importance of humbly empowering indigenous believers to become leaders of faith. As missionaries identify people who are interested in spiritual conversations, draw them into Bible studies, and bring them to a point of decision — they are taught to do all of this in way that prepares and equips new believers to go out and do the same.
Regarding the recent surge of indigenous interest in CPM principles, Dr. Dwight McGuire (Pioneers’ lead missiologist) commented, “This year, we may see our African and Filipino missions partners reach a ‘tipping point’ in their embrace of church-planting movements. In post-training evaluations, participants are saying ‘I wish we would have had this type of training 5, 10 even 15 years ago.’ And these people are telling other believers that they need to think about CPMs.”
Through Pioneers’ new initiative, over 500 missionaries and indigenous partners have been trained to date, and these participants have stimulated the interest of thousands more. In order to see greater numbers of indigenous believers equipped, Pioneers plans to train well over 1,000 Africans and 1,000 Filipinos — many of whom are preparing for ministry among Arabs. A full description of this and other strategic plans Pioneers has for 2012 may be found at www.Pioneers.org/2012strategy.
Pioneers is an evangelical mission movement with 2,500 international members serving on 229 church-planting teams among more than 140 people groups in 95 countries. For more information and to find out how you can get involved, visit Pioneers.org.
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