• As soon as I drove into the parking lot, I knew that God was up to something. To be honest, I did not really want to be there. But God was about to catch me by surprise. Over the years, I have been shown a handful of insights about the future. They have always been right. This article contains one of those glimpses into the next 20 years.
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  • Over the years, I have been involved in many lively debates attempting to define movements of the gospel. It begins with the name. Several years ago, we changed the term “Church planting movements” to “Disciple making movements.”
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  • About 20 years ago, I became involved in the cell church movement. Churches around the world were discovering that Sunday services were not great for making disciples. Initially, there was massive resistance to the idea of creating "cells" for members of the church.
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  • We desperately need a fresh theology of us. Movements are about us. The church is plagued by a theology of me. The individual has become the great end of God’s plan for mankind. This misses the entire gospel. God’s plan was never for an individual – it was for a redeemed people.
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  • There were once three builders. They had very different approaches to building. Each builder thought that his approach was the best.Builder one had many great ideas. He would dream about the places he was going to build. Everyone loved his ideas.
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  • Several years ago, I participated in discussions that led to renaming the term “Church Planting Movements (CPM)” to “Disciple Making Movements(DMM).” This was an attempt to more accurately define these movements around the core value of disciple making.
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  • Movements require much more than a simplistic approach to conversion and evangelism. Evangelism is more than seeking to proselytize, baptize and abandon. Such programs count conversations and baptisms. In my context, they have caused great pain, disillusionment and a mass rejection of the gospel.
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  • True, apostolic movements are continually torn between chaos and order. This tension will always exist inside a healthy movement. Chaos needs to be present for movements to emerge. That is why institutions do not respond well to emerging movements. Most institutions tend to move towards stability and conformity. Churches and non-profits are no exception.
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