What is a CPM/DMM approach?

CPM is defined as a Church Planting Movement. DMM is defined as a Disciple Making Movement. These two terms refer to similar approaches to address the vision of seeing movements of multiplying churches.

A CPM/DMM approach is one in which:

  1. There is awareness that only God can start movements, but disciples can follow biblical principles to pray, plant, and water the seeds that can lead to a book of Acts type multiplying movement.
  2. The focus is to make every follower of Christ a reproducing disciple rather than merely a convert.
  3. Patterns create frequent and regular accountability for both obeying what the Lord is speaking to each person and for them to pass it on to others in a loving environment.  This requires a participative small-group approach.
  4. Each disciple is equipped in comprehensive ways (such as interpreting and applying Scripture, a well-rounded prayer life, functioning as a part of the larger Body of Christ, and responding well to persecution/suffering) in order that they might function not merely as consumers, but as active agents of Kingdom advance.
  5. Each disciple is given a vision both for reaching their relational network and for extending the Kingdom to the ends of the earth with a prioritization on the darkest places (with a “no place left” mentality).  They are equipped to be able to minister and partner with others in the Body of Christ in both of these environments.
  6. Reproducing churches are intentionally formed as a part of the multiplying disciples process. The intent in CPM/DMM approaches is that 1) disciples, 2) churches, 3) leaders and 4) movements can multiply endlessly by the power of the Spirit.
  7. Emphasis is not on the specific model of CPM/DMM used (e.g. T4T, DBS, Zume, 4 Fields, etc.) but on the underlying biblical principles of multiplying kingdom movements.

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