Movement Assessment

The church maturity matrix (CMM) is one tool to help determine the level of indigeneity of a church. Based on a six-point Likert scale, the matrix is a self-assessment tool for churches to evaluate their progress from being a new church plant to becoming a reproducing church that is a leader in a church planting movement.

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The World’s Religions

Encyclopedia articles about some of the major religions in the world. Written by scholars, this is a valuable resources for CPMs working in Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, and Daoist contexts. It is sure to be a starting point for cultural research.

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A Brief History of the Christian Movement

Marcus Cicero is credited with saying, “Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child.  If no use is made of the labors of past ages, the world must remain always in the infancy of knowledge.” This pertains equally to theological reflection. Carl Braaten and Robert Jenson have observed, “Indeed, the church may be said now to be replaying the struggles of the most ancient church, occasioned exactly by the blurring of the line” (1996:1). Any movement toward a future missiological encounter with religious others would be deficient if it did not include a historical analysis of relevant doctrines. 

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The Gospel

The gospel is the good news about Jesus Christ for all people. The expression of the gospel takes many forms as we reflect missiologically on what God is doing in a culture. One key aspect of the gospel is presenting it in a way that it is genuinely good news. Here is our library of simple gospel presentations attempting to connect Jesus’s story to the stories of cultures.

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