Is DMM a passing fad?

A gathering in South AfricaSeveral 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. It was not the beginning of such movements. It was simply a redefining of something that God was already doing in many countries around the world.

Before the term DMM (or Disciple Making Movements) was coined, I had personally been pursuing movements of the gospel for over 22 years. My journey has not been fleeting nor shallow. Quite the contrary. Those of us who have seen movements actually start, have stories of failure, perseverance, disappointment and slow success.

Three Allegiances

alleg"And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again." (2 Corinthians 5:15)

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.  

The Chaordic Tension of Movements

chaosTrue, 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.

"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God's messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn't let me.” (Luke 13:34)

When God births a Movement

godbWhen God births a movement, He works through many different people. In a previous article we looked at two roles in the church that often have little tolerance for one another – the hunter and the herder. But when hunters and herders begin to appreciate one another and work together, we see healthy movements emerge. However, as much as hunters and herders often misunderstand one another, they often both misunderstand and under-appreciate the roles of the strategist, catalyst and activist. The reason we are so slow to recognize these roles, is because they are largely hidden. But in true movements, you will always find them. How do these people contribute to movements?

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