DMM or disciple-making movements and its trendy family of rapid church planting concepts is sweeping fields across the world. Commonly claiming phenomenal results and stratospheric statistics, the most crucial foundation is a claim to biblicity and the teaching of Jesus. Thus, to critique DMM (and its tribe) is viewed as a departure from unassailable biblical truth. Claims are flimsy, if not supported by scrutiny, repeatability in real life, and actual consistency over a longer period of time. The missions (and church!) world sees trends, claims, fads come and go in a regular cycle, like planetary orbits.

This critique is the best one I’ve read to date. It tells details and gives a clear biblical rebuttal to the foundation and claims of DMM. The most significant in my view are:

  1. a defective definition of the Gospel

  2. a very deficient definition of “local church” (or equivalent, in their parlance).

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A Brief Guide to DMM

David C. Meade

David C. Meade has been the founder, C-level officer, and consultant for a number of non-profit organizations. He has nearly fifty years of experience with church planting, pioneering field ministry among UPGs, and leadership in international and domestic NGOs. He has a strong biblical local-church-centric ministry philosophy and commitments, serving as an international outreach leader, pastor, and elder in local churches throughout his adult life. He loves teaching and mentoring church leaders and global workers preparing for service to meet the greatest need of the neediest places on earth.

David is an international business consultant, NGO executive, and international leadership trainer. He has a weekly podcast and has authored hundreds of insightful and practical blogs, articles, and several books. David is a well-received speaker and teacher. His experience in non-profit leadership and international NGOs informs his counsel for leaders and workers in challenging areas of service, analyzing corporate strategies, conflict resolution, crisis management, and event leadership. David is passionate about core values based on timeless principles, valuing people, and leadership training. He is an avid family man, reader, fisherman, and world traveler.

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