St Francis Magazine Vol 6, No 6 | December 2010
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WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OFCHURCH PLANTING MOVEMENTS OVER AGAINSTINSIDER MOVEMENTS?
By Chris Flint
Since the late 20
century, Church Planting Movements (CPM) andInsider Movements (IM) have been observed by missionaries aroundthe world. Many missiologists believe these movements to be sove-reign works of God, and advocate strategies to facilitate their exten-sion so that more Christians might align themselves “
with the waysGod has chosen to work.
This paper begins from the premise that the Bible alone is God’scomplete, authenticated and authoritative revelation to humanity, andthus these movements must be evaluated biblically before Christiansare enjoined upon to support them. To this end, CPMs and IMs will be described, and the advantages of CPMs over IMs identified.
It shall be seen that the two movements share potential for consi-derable overlap. In many areas, therefore, distinctions are blurredand comparison becomes difficult. Their approaches to other religi-ons, however,
sharply contrastive and, at this definitive juncture,it is submitted, CPMs take the more biblical path.
Chris Flint has had two years' experience of Christian ministry in a Muslim-majority country, and is now studying for an MTh in 'Theology and World Mission'at Oak Hill Theological College, London.
David and Seneca Garrison, ‘Factors That Facilitate Fellowships Becoming Mo-vements’, in J. Dudley Woodberry Ed),
From Seed to Fruit: Global Trends, Fruitful Practices, and Emerging Issues among Muslims
(Pasadena, Calif.: William CareyLibrary, 2008), p. 207. Emphasis original.
In line with the premise of this paper, an “advantage” is here understood as short-hand for “a demonstrated coherence with biblical teaching.” The observationswhich missiologists
are no less open to biblical evaluation than are the stra-tegies which missiologists
on the basis of them.