Movements may have different characteristics in different contexts. But our working description of a church movement in GCM is: The Spirit of God working supernaturally through the Church of God to extend the Kingdom of God resulting in: • Renewal and multiplied fruitfulness of existing churches • Multiplication of new churches and fellowships In areas where there is a strong historical Christian presence or a significant number of existing churches, movements may be built by working with and through existing churches. Such movements within existing churches can bring renewal and expanded outreach leading to spiritual, socioeconomic, cultural and moral transformation. And in areas where there are few churches or with a limited Christian presence, GCM may focus on helping to establish and multiply movements of new churches, either directly or in partnership with other like-minded churches, denominations and mission organizations. In addition, a church multiplication movement can take place when existing churches intentionally multiply themselves through
cell churches, fellowships, or planting of new churches. It can also take place when individuals and mission organizations are involved in planting and multiplying churches. For our purpose, we define a church multiplication movement as: At least three generations of churches and fellowships developed within a five-year period. That means, for instance, a church or fellowship planted this year will plant other churches and fellowships that will plant other churches and fellowships in the next five years. Already we have seen God’s power at work producing such movements in many countries. In other countries, this is a radical faith goal, something that is realistically unattainable at this time in history. Not all GCM teams may see such church-planting movements take place, but we are trusting God that many will. This definition guides our practices to help ensure that we are seeking to establish multiplying movements of churches and fellowships, not ministries of addition. We cannot guarantee success, but we can pray, believe, do our part, and partner with the Holy Spirit to see the development of church-planting movements.