Church Planting Essentials – Methodologies for Church Planting Movements (CPM)

Church Planting Essentials – Methodologies for Church Planting Movements (CPM)

Many people ask me what we do and how we do it.  Following is a list of the methodologies we use, train, and encourage others to use and train.

  • Our methodologies focus on the whole family. We do not train nor use evangelism methods that result in families breaking up. The focal of all evangelism is the family, not individuals. This does not mean we refuse to work with individuals. It means we do not seek out individuals except as doorways to their families.
  • Our methodologies are designed to look for where God is at work and join Him by sharing the Gospel, discipling the saved, and training the leadership. We think the presence of a Man of Peace is a strong indicator of the presence and work of God. There is also the Prince of Goodwill, a secular or non-Christian (Hindu, Muslim, or other) leader in the community who protects the rights of Christians to worship and witness. Where the Prince of Goodwill and/or the Man of Peace are present, God is at work, and we must join Him.
  • Our methodologies incorporate foreign and local partners to serve where they are individually and jointly most effective. In most cases foreigners to our focal areas serve in training and support roles, while local partners do evangelism, church planting, church development, and missions.
  • Our methodologies allow us to rapidly respond to the changing needs of our focal areas. We are developing a tradition and organizational culture of change to meet the needs of the focal area.
  • Our methodologies include looking for partners who can do jobs better than we can, then mobilize the partners to work along side of us.
  • Our methodologies strive to develop independence from outside or foreign influence through training local leadership, and by starting no programs or projects unless local leadership is involved. In this way we avoid the mentality of “turning things over to the locals” at some given time. There is not a “turning over” since it began in the hands of local partners.
  • Our methodologies are built on the foundational pillars of the Bible, Prayer, Evangelism that results in Disciples who establish Churches, Leadership and Church Development, and Replication of Disciples, Churches and Leaders for the purpose of establishing a self-sustaining church planning movement.
  • We are not interested in ownership as much as we are interested in results, and results are defined by making disciples of Jesus Christ who in obedience make more disciples, the churches that are planted and plant more churches, and the leaders who are trained and train more leaders.
  • We want to complete the task God has given us within a generation (30 years) in each focal area, and our methodologies are shaped by doing whatever it takes within God’s will to reach this goal. Our initial task is to make sure that every village and every community (rural or urban) in our focal area will have a church of its own.


David Watson
From Rwanda

3 Replies to “Church Planting Essentials – Methodologies for Church Planting Movements (CPM)”

  1. David,

    You mentioned you are training in Africa "Country Strategy Development". What are the elements of this plan? Or do you have an outline that we could follow to develop our country strategy?

    1. Hi, Jerry. Any good country strategy is custom developed. Every nation, people group, or city has unique characteristics that have to be addressed by the strategy. There are certainly common elements, but the discussion and implementation of these elements require thought, research, planning, and execution. Worldview (how societies organize and see themselves and communicate this), government, economics, majority and other religions, history, and more come into play when developing a nationwide strategy. Understanding how the society has segmented itself, resources available and potential, cultural objections to the Gospel, as well as team building and equipping for this monumental task are all critical. I just spent a week helping a team think through some of these issues. It will take them a year to have significant plans in place, resource them, and implement the first small steps for proof of concept/strategy. So, I don't have a quick answer for your question, but I will put it in the hopper for future posts.


      David Watson
      From Brussels and on the way home

  2. David, I love your site, and it has been very helpful. It might be helpful to post something sometime on the Prince of Goodwill, who is a person I have not seen much written about. Some examples from different contexts would be helpful.

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