The Church Planting Movement Debate: Getting to the Heart of the Matter


  • J. A. Irons Asia


Discussions about church planting movements, supportive and critical, have been a part of missions for the past two decades. While many individual issues have been addressed, the central issue has been less clear. This article suggests that discussions and debates about church planting movements center on implicit values. Instead of debating secondary issues, it is important to understand the different values of CPM/DMM proponents and critics and to discuss these differences more directly. While these primary values do in fact conflict with one another, they could also be seen in a complementary way in the advancement of God’s kingdom.

Author Biography

J. A. Irons, Asia

Reflective missionary in a creative-access country