2: What is a Mass Movement?

 

1. MASS MOVEMENTS CHANGE HISTORY

All through history mass movements have been the driving force in cultural, political and spiritual change. So how do they work?

  • They are like social viruses started by an extremely dedicated person
  • Then he/she gathers just a few committed followers
  • The movement usually starts at the bottom of society and work their way up
  • They suffer rejection from the existing order which see it as a threat
  • They begin to challenge the existing social/political/spiritual order
  • Then there is a tipping point
  • And they become mainstream, the new normal
1. First the vision
2. Then the message
3. Then disciples
4. Then mass change

 

2. SOME HISTORICAL MOVEMENTS

Jesus’ movement:        Changed the world forever

Adolf Hitler:                  Nazi Germany

Greta Thunberg:          The climate activist

St Patrick:                   Christian missionary to Ireland

Ghandi:                       Kicked the British out of India/Pakistan

Ying Kai:                     Church planter in China

Women’s suffrage:     Getting the vote for women

Victor John:                10 million Bhojpuri people

 

3. WHAT GETS A MOVEMENT STARTED?

Passion, conviction and determination,

Vision

Selflessness

A sense of injustice

Boldness and fearlessness

Seeing the end at the beginning.

Christian mass movements most often begin when one person with a burning desire to see God move finally breaks out of the old mould through frustration, spends a lot of time seeking God and then follows New Testament patterns of discipleship.

 

4. GOD IS DOING A NEW THING

New Testament-based church planting movements are now springing up all over the world at a massive pace as missions strategists, evangelists and ordinary believers rediscover how Jesus grew his movement

These new movements began to emerge about 40 years ago and have really taken off in the last 20 years. Some statistics recorded as at the middle of 2019:

  • 3,292 teams seeking to start mass movements of disciples
  • 1,008 mass movements globally
  • 73 million people discipled in these movements in the last 30 years, 1% of the world’s people
  • Most in formally unreached people groups
  • Many inside Islamic countries such as Iran, Afghanistan, Syria, Algeria and Indonesia

 

5. AN EXAMPLE OF A LARGE MASS CHURCH PLANTING MOVEMENT

As told by an American missions expert…

This church planting movement is located in Central Java, Indonesia

Java has 1/3 of all people in the Southern hemisphere!

In 2006 Todd Ellison started this Church Planting Movement

He used the Discovery Bible Study method for Muslims that were curious to learn about Isa.

He always started with Genesis and trained his workers to do the same

Between lessons 5 to 8 he introduced the Gospel

Groups ranged from 5-8 people, enough to have a discussion

The movement has doubled every 14 months

There are now 137,000 groups

It has now infiltrated the universities

It has also infiltrated previously totally unreached people groups

More Examples:

  1. Five Mass movements

http://www.missionfrontiers.org/issue/article/god-is-using-movements

  1. The Bhojpuri Breakthrough in India

http://setfreeseminars.com/the-bhojpuri-breakthrough/

  1. Seeing Tech workers in the USA and England come to Jesus

https://www.movements.net/blog/2019/8/8/198-workplace-movements

  1. Discipleship movements among Muslims in West Africa

https://www.movements.net/blog/blog/2019/6/18/194-multiplying-movements-in-west-africa

  1. Discipling movement in Ipswich Australia

https://www.movements.net/blog/blog/2019/4/11/187-noplaceleft-australia

  1. Starting small and thinking big

https://www.movements.net/blog/blog/2019/7/22/197-from-death-metal-to-discipleship

  1. Rod Gilbert: Indian mass movement

https://www.movements.net/blog/2012/04/27/church-planting-movements-a-case-study-from-india.html

 

6. QUESTIONS

1. What is the Father’s vision for your community?
2. Does your vision line up with the fathers vision?
3. What’s the best way to transform your community into disciples?
4. What is the key to getting started?

7. GOING SLOW TO EVENTUALLY GO FAST

Year Number of disciples
1 1
2 2
3 4
4 8
5 16
6 32
7 64
8 128
9 256
10 512
11 1,024
12 2,048
13 4,096
14 8,192
15 16,384
16 32,768
17 65,536
18 131,072
19 262,144
20 524.288
21 1.048,576

8. ACTIONS

1. Teach someone what you have just learned

2. Start praying for the harvest (Luke 10:2)

3. Pray for a move of God in your area

4. Pray for yourself, to be used in starting a movement