A Multiplying Micro-Church Network
is a network of disciples who enthrone Christ
by rapidly obeying all His commands
through multiplying disciples and generations of micro-churches.
I am now using the term Multiplying Micro-Church Networks to describe the Moves of God and Spiritual Awakenings that my org Global Catalytic Network are seeing and promoting among 100,000 former Buddhists, former Muslims, former Hindus, nominal Christians and Messianic Jews.
Why? Here are 12 Reasons
1. Movement is only what God can do and “Movements” puts too much ungodly pressure on catalyst to imitate, esp. in pioneer situations. Overemphasizing rapid church multiplication rather than rapid obedience to Christ has caused many to burn out of ministry or to lose the vision.
2. We want everyone who catches this vision not to feel like second class Christian citizens with performance mentality that only experts of the establishment can verify and promote. We have had independent verification on most of our networks. I believe verification is Biblical see Acts 8:14. Verification needs to be done by people who have actually catalyzed multiplying churches themselves.
3. We use micro-church because many “house churches” in the west have little to no vision to multiply or reach communities for Christ through locating person of peace.
4. The majority church multiplication promoters downplay the role of Theological Education in these moves of God and therefore have raised the anger of too many Theological writers who have already over critiqued Church Planting Movements.
5. Scripture speaks of the miraculous as prescriptive and not merely descriptive. King Jesus prescribes healing the sick (see Matthew 10:8). We must teach what the bible says about healing the sick and demonized and raising the dead. We must teach and model this and not simply talk about it.
6. When I am with Christians from the West I am frequently asked “So do you follow T4T or DBS methodology? I don’t follow either although I have learned from both schools of thought. I am reared in the Dr. George Patterson school of thought on these Spiritual Awakenings that resemble the book of Acts. In my opinion Dr. Patterson does a much better job than other authors with similar vision at explaining the Biblical Mechanics of multiplying micro church networks. Charts, graphs and case studies can be helpful but far too many have felt extremely pressured to started a CPM without explaining where in the Bible did these principles and vision come from. During the breaks at my 6 years at mission meetings I repeatedly heard the missionary cynics, “CPM is a missiological fad, you just hang on a few years and the winds of Missiology will blow and some other method will come along.” We are NOT promoting a methodology or strategy but a VISION!
7. Many CPM promoters are mere theoreticians who have “borrowed” their ideas from the real practitioners who do not have time to write books and go on speaking tours.
8. In a move of God, the fog of war it is par for the course. Ministers, networks and ministries are so frequently slandered that it can be difficult to know what really happened. Many case studies have been misinterpreted so that people cannot learn new dynamics.
9. For some, the term Church Planting Movement is a term that has become corrupted to merely mean, “Our church plans to see three churches start in the next 20 years. This is our church planting movement vision.”
10. GCN places a high value on the ceremonies of baptism and Communion with Christ. These are not “mere symbols” but convey the reality of Christ. Baptism is not just “rushing them into the water but it is about rushing them to enthrone Christ in the hearts of new believers. Baptism is also about the Authority of the Priesthood of All Believers. We need to emphasize and value baptisms above “starting groups or churches”. Baptism statistics should greatly exceed the number of new groups and churches and not the other way around.
11. GCN places a high value on finding indigenous cultural bridges to share the gospel that are easily reproducible. These best practices most often come from local leaders and not outsiders. Both indigenization and contextualization have Biblical basis but indigenization should be our goal.
12. A key element to multiplying micro-church networks are lay leaders, both men and women. Women baptizers is a key element in all multiply micro-church networks. Women tend to start far more micro-churches than men.
On behalf of the GCN team,
GCN International Director