An Extraordinary Movement of Prayer has always been the foundation in every Disciple Making Movement in History.
Pray for Niger is an initiative to help Mobilize thousands around the world to pray for a Nigerien Disciple Making Movement. We believe that without the foundation of Extraordinary Prayer it will be extremely difficult to realize our dreams of Nigeriens making disciples of other Nigeriens and extremely difficult for Nigerien Churches to be planting other Nigerien Churches.
We know that God’s desire is that none should perish and that His gospel will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations and we eagerly anticipate worshipping around the throne with a great multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and language (2 Peter 3:9, Matthew 24:14, Revelation 7:9-10).
CPM stands for Church Planting Movement and DMM stands for Disciple Making Movement.
“A Church Planting Movement is a rapid multiplication of indigenous churches planting churches within a given people group or population segment.” The same could be said for a DMM. “A Disciple Making Movement is a rapid Multiplication of Indigenous Disciples making other disciples within a given people group or population segment.
Prayer is fundamental to every Church Planting Movement. It is typically the first element in a master strategy plan, and it is the vitality of the missionary’s prayer life that leads to its imitation in the life of the new church and its leader.
TWO: ABUNDANT GOSPEL SOWING
A Church Planting Movement does not emerge where evangelism is rare or absent. The law of the harvest applies well: “If you sow abundantly you will also reap abundantly.”
The converse is also true: wherever government or social forces intimidate and stifle Christian witness, Church Planting Movements are effectively eliminated.
INTENTIONAL CHURCH PLANTING
In every Church Planting Movement someone implements a strategy of deliberate church planting before the movement can get underway.
FOUR: SCRIPTURAL AUTHORITY
Church Planting Movements rest solidly on the authority of the Word of God. Even when the Bible hasn’t yet been translated into the heart language, its authority is unquestioned.
FIVE: LOCAL LEADERSHIP
In CPMs, missionaries walk alongside local believers cultivating and establishing local leadership rather than doing it themselves.
SIX: LAY LEADERSHIP
Church Planting Movements are driven by lay leaders. These leaders are sometimes bi- vocational and always come from the general profile of the people being reached.
Reliance upon lay leadership ensures the largest possible pool of potential church planters and cell church leaders.
CELL OR HOUSE CHURCHES
In a Church Planting Movement churches begin as small reproducible cell churches of 10-30 members meeting in homes or storefronts.
CHURCHES PLANTING CHURCHES
As CPMs enter a multiplicative phase of reproduction, the churches themselves plant new churches. Nothing disqualifies local lay believers from winning the lost and planting new churches.
NINE: RAPID REPRODUCTION
Rapid reproduction is evidence that the churches are unencumbered by non-essential elements and the laity are fully empowered to participate in this work of God.
TEN: HEALTHY CHURCHES
CPMs consist of healthy churches carrying out the five purposes of: 1) worship 2) evangelism and missions, 3) education and discipleship, 4) ministry, and 5) fellowship.
ONE: WORSHIP IN THE HEART LANGUAGE
Worship in the common heart language of the people keeps it accessible and within reach of all members of the community and allows everyone to participate in a new church’s formation.
TWO: EVANGELISM HAS COMMUNAL IMPLICATIONS
Contrary to the Western emphasis on individualism and personal commitment, CPMs typically spread through communal lines and family ties.
THREE: RAPID INCORPORATION OF NEW CONVERTS INTO THE LIFE AND MINISTRY OF THE CHURCH.
In most Church Planting Movements, baptism is not delayed by lengthy discipleship requirements…instead, discipleship often precedes conversion and continues indefinitely. New believers become immediate witnesses, disciples, and even church planters.
FOUR: PASSION & FEARLESSNESS
Church Planting Movements are characterized by passion and a sense of urgency. New believers exhibit boldness in the face of opposition. While boldness may invite persecution, it also fuels a Church Planting Movement.
FIVE: A PRICE TO PAY TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN
Church Planting Movements often emerge in difficult settings where following Jesus Christ may lead to severe persecution or death.
SIX: PERCEIVED LEADERSHIP CRISIS OR SPIRITUAL VACUUM
A country or people group that has experienced a loss of leadership or a spiritual void coming from war, natural disaster or displacement may create a ripe environment for a Church Planting Movement.
In the face of this persecution, believers find strong support in the testimony of Jesus and the New Testament Church (Matthew 10:17-25).
SEVEN: ON-THE-JOB TRAINING FOR CHURCH LEADERSHIP
If new church leaders must leave their churches for extended periods of theological training, the momentum of the movement diminishes. The most beneficial training brings education close to the action.
EIGHT: LEADERSHIP AUTHORITY IS DECENTRALIZED
In a CPM every cell or house church leader has all the authority required to do whatever needs to be done in terms of evangelism, ministry, and church planting without seeking higher approval.
NINE: OUTSIDERS KEEP A LOW PROFILE
To encourage indigeneity, missionaries draw local believers into leadership roles through participative Bible studies and mentoring from behind the scenes.
TEN: MISSIONARIES SUFFER
Many engaged in Church Planting Movements have suffered illness, derision and shame. Students of CPMs suggest that the affliction may be related to a higher spiritual price required for rolling back the darkness (Revelation 12:12).
In Christianity, an unreached people group refers to an ethnic group without an indigenous, self-propagating Christian church movement. Any ethnic or ethno linguistic nation without enough Christians to evangelize the rest of the nation is an “unreached people group”. (Wikipedia)
A people group is unreached when the number of Evangelical Christians is less than 2% of its population. It is further called unengaged when there is no church planting strategy consistent with Evangelical faith and practice under way. (IMB Global Research)
People Group – A “people group” is an ethno linguistic group with a common self-identity that is shared by the various members. There are two parts to that word: ethno, and linguistic. Language is a primary and dominant identifying factor of a people group. But there are other factors that determine or are associated with ethnicity. (IMB Global Research)
There are over 6700 unreached people groups in the world and they make up nearly 2 billion people. (Joshuaproject.net)