Our Simple Purpose and Strategy
CHURCH PARTNERSHIP EVANGELISM
I. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
CPE is a significant tool for equipping and engaging believers in the work of evangelism, discipleship, and church or cell planting. This tool is used in a context that combines members from the sending church and the receiving church in a face to face personal evangelism ministry with the intent of aiding the receiving church in expanding its impact in a specific area and in planting new churches.
II. STATEMENT OF STRATEGY
A. Pre-Ministry Encounter:
Consultation with national church and missionaries in preparation for the ministry encounter will be conducted on the field 4 to 6 months in advance. The national church and mission then select localities for evangelism. A sending church or regional team of sending churches will be recruited to work in partnership with the national churches.
B. Ministry Encounter:
Each participant of the sending church will team up with a national Christian and present the gospel in a predetermined locality through prearranged appointments. Those individuals making a profession of faith will be prioritized for a follow up visit before the end of the ministry encounter so that a ministry of personal discipleship may be initiated during the ministry encounter. Each night evangelistic services are to be held in a central location, either in the open air, a rented hall or if necessary in the church building. On some ministry encounters these services may be replaced with ongoing evening appointments or cell group out reach meetings or a combination of all three.
C. Post-Ministry Encounter:
With the long-term impact in view, every new believer will be followed up for the purpose of discipleship. We encourage that this process begins with a personal focus and grow towards the emergence of small study or cell groups. The participating sending churches and individual participants will be encouraged to build upon the experience by seeking ways to express this ministry's dynamic equivalent at home; by responding to the spiritual lessons God teaches them; by responding in faithfulness to the enlarged vision of missions they receive and by continuing to foster a partnership with the national church in which they ministered.
This strategy is to be developed through:
1. Prayerful preparation for the ministry encounter by both the sending and receiving churches.
2. Communicating of the details for implementation of the ministry encounter.
3. Cultivating cross-cultural sensitivities.
4. Training for personal evangelism and personal discipleship.
5. Encouraging the long-term impact of the ministry in both the sending and receiving churches for evangelism, discipleship, church partnership and missions.
III. STATEMENT OF IMPACT
A. Sending Church:
CPE provides a vehicle for individual churches to develop an identity as a missionary sending and supporting church by eliciting a greater sense of commitment to the purpose of the their church's and denominations missionary program while encouraging the development of a dynamic equivalent for personal evangelism and personal discipleship in their own communities.
B. Receiving Church:
CPE provides a vehicle for personal face to face evangelism and discipleship in the local church while at the same time creating a sense of unity of purpose with the partner churches of their fellowship world-wide. CPE also provides a catalytic model for a local church ministry focus of equipping and engaging lay people in evangelism, discipleship and the establishing of new believer discipleship groups (cells).
CPE models a ministry of equipping and engaging lay people in evangelism and discipleship with in a context of defined targets for planting new churches or starting new cells. This ministry also provides the opportunity for participants (sending and receiving) to be mutually challenged with a broadened worldview, a personal application of the deeper life and a greater commitment to world missions.