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Missions Sunday: Church-Planting Catalysts for Gospel Movements (Part 2)

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Best Practices of Gospel Movement Catalysts

Read Part 1, Catalytic Inputs that Contribute to Movement Development.

We have defined church-planting catalysts as experienced church planters who come alongside local kingdom partners with strategic inputs and resources in order to mobilize workers and catalyze gospel movements, and we have seen some things they bring to the table to catalyze movement. The way they work will be shaped by their gifting and wiring, as well as the contexts in which they serve. However, there are five general best practices of gospel movement catalysts. What follows is not an exhaustive list; rather, it is a good starting point.

Best Practice #1

Movement catalysts think and work from movement perspective. Movement catalysts see the big picture and realize that God-sized results require great prayer, faith, cooperation, and a vision for multiplication rather than addition. They partner with people to impact entire cities, regions, and nations over several generations. This means that they do things in ways that favor indigenous forms and sustainable reproduction.

Training must be reproducible, offered in the heart language of learners, and adapted to the learning style and educational level of those who will pass it on. The delivery system should use technologies and methods that are locally accessible and scalable to the outlying regions. The following table contrasts movement perspective with the typical local ministry perspective.

Two Complementary Ministry Perspectives

The type of ministry found in the right column—local ministry—is very positive. An example would be a multi-venue church that is impacting a city. But the billions who have never heard the gospel will only be reached when many ministries like the ones on the right come …

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Source: Christianity Today Magazine

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