Planting Mission Movements
The cycle of mobilization
1. Identify Local Mobilizers and Growing Christians
Whom can we empower?
Stage one is about building relationships and looking for where God is already at work. As we interact with the national church, we let God lead us to identify next generation leaders and current influencers who are already involved in cross-cultural mission work or who are beginning to feel the urgency of taking the gospel to all nations.
Our focus on the “Unsent”
Where the CMM focuses its efforts is as important as our strategy. Our Locations page shares of our focus on the great potential of the Unsent, where there are millions of Christians with little to no mission sending.
2. Develop Local Mobilizers
We do, they watch
Stage two is about developing the people who will fuel a mission movement. At this stage, our teams are both mobilizing local believers to live out a World Christian lifestyle and developing many of these World Christians into mobilizers. Our primary purpose is to model mobilization to those we are developing. Indigenous mobilizers watch and participate in the process as they learn how to do it themselves.
3. Develop Contextualized Tools
We do this together
Stage three is about developing effective local resources. At this point, our teams have learned more about the culture and are working with key local mobilizers to craft the resources they need to effectively mobilize their churches. As we work together to contextualize these resources, their function, purpose, and message remain the same, but the form and delivery method must become wholly indigenous.
4. Release Local Mobilizers
They do, we watch
Stage four is about turning over leadership to local mobilizers. They now hold the reigns and make the decisions. We step out of our leadership roles and stand on the sidelines, cheering and encouraging. We are still readily available for advice and support, but local mobilization leaders are now implementing their strategies and leading the charge.
5. Fuel a Mission Sending Movement
Where can we be most effective now?
Stage five is about watching a locally led mobilization initiative become a full-fledged mission movement. Where there were none or few, now there are multitudes of World Christians who go, pray, send, welcome, and mobilize. This World Christian lifestyle is being embraced, modeled, and preached throughout the church. At this point, it is time for us to exit and follow the Lord to a new frontier to begin the cycle again.