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 is the founder and Director of Propempo International. He has over 40 years of experience in church planting, pioneering field ministry among UPGs, and leadership both on the field and in nonprofit organizations. He is local church oriented, serving as a Missions Elder for over 20 years. He loves teaching and mentoring church leaders and missionaries preparing for service in the tough places of the world. David loves being a husband, dad and grandfather, fishing, traveling, and being omnivorous. He continues to be an avid proponent of and participant in church planting.

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