What is a Movement?
A Movement can be defined as 100 groups, each multiplying out to at least the 4th generation. Obviously to accomplish that, there has to be a strongly missional focus. Typically a group can be between 5-20 people in an urban context (10-40 people in a more rural setting) and will meet anywhere and at anytime – the park, coffee shop, someone’s house, the Community Centre.
Movements by their nature multiply; believers are in their communities, looking to the Spirit to guide them to lost people who are willing to receive the Gospel and then share it. In many instances, non-believers begin sharing with others in simple obedience long before they ever decide to follow Jesus. We call these groups, Discovery Groups. Discovery Groups will multiply and often have many more non-believers (who are discovering Jesus) than believers. In one instance, there were 16 Discovery Groups, separately meeting and sharing around Jesus’ Word, with no believers yet, in any group. All these groups had birthed out of a single person, who was spoken to by a single Believer.
There is an organisation that monitors global Movements, and there are approximately 1,600 or so globally – less than 2% are in the West, or Global North. That is now starting to change though, and globally Movements are multiplying rapidly.
As far as we can tell, once a Movement comes into existence and keeps growing, it is impossible to break it down. Very, few if any, fail once they reach this stage. The main reason is that, a Movement is never centred around a single person or even a group of people – it is always lead by King Jesus. The original founders, or catalysts of the Movement may be far removed from the edges where it continues to multiply, and are likely to be unknown.
Did we mention that Movements are only of God, and occur only through a massive prayer effort and personal sacrifice? Perhaps that is why there aren’t too many going in the West at the moment.
Please, join us in constant, regular prayer. We are in a battle, and even though the enemy is unseen, they are very real.