Your chance to change things
We believe that providing access to a Christian Fellowship through making disciples is the most effective means of ensuring everyone has access to a Christian Fellowship in the UK. All people in this country deserve the chance to hear the gospel. Opportunities to hear the gospel should not be determined by your family’s income or the area in which you live.
CPI is developing a movement of disciple makers who will help drive change at every level of our church life toward the goal of proclaiming Jesus to all.
By joining CPI, you can help make disciples and join thousands of individuals committed to creating a better future for all children, families, and communities in the UK.
What it will take
Starting new churches with passionate, motivated individuals who will do whatever it takes to help make disciples is a critical feature of our approach — but it’s not enough to close the gap.
So many of us are looking for the “Silver Bullet”. They are looking for the one thing that can save the day and keep their church (and the church in general) from the precipitous decline it is facing.
Success relies on the work disciple makers do after a church has been started, from within their 9 to 5 working week, to continue to expand opportunities for all to hear the gospel.
Through their experience in planting a church and the relationship they form with children, families and communities, church members develop:
- A deep commitment to preaching the gospel to those who havent heard
- The conviction that all church members can be fit for service when they are investing in their relationships, with high expectations, and are supported by people who help them overcome the challenges of their life
- The knowledge of what it will take to make this a reality for all people in the UK
This paves the way for a lifetime of making disciples.
We need people in it for the long haul.
Who we look for
A diverse group of leaders
We look for individuals who show disciple-making potential and have other traits that are found in our most successful leaders.
Over the past decade, we have learned that there is no specific personality profile or background that predicts success in the church.
Some CPI members were pastors prior to joining, but many do not have any prior experience in the church leadership field. Your potential as a church planter can shine through whether you have led your University Christian Union, managed a complex project at work, served our country in the armed forces, or rallied support for a cause that’s important to you.
And those are just a few of the countless experiences our most successful CPI members bring to the table.
A disciple-driven approach
Our approach is based on our commitment to success in disciple making. Church planters are charged with very high-stakes work.
We’re working with our church planters to identify the characteristics of those whose disciples have made the most progress.
We have discovered that their most distinguishing characteristics are:
- Vision. a commitment to do whatever it takes to expand opportunities to make disciples.
- Comfortable relationship with the unchurched. How will you teach others to make disciples if you yourself have never been discipled or see the process of disciple-making at first hand?
- Self starter. Hard working and willing to take responsibility. Perseverance in the face of challenges, ability to adapt to changing environments, and a strong desire to do whatever it takes to improve and develop.
- Healthy Family Life. Having an indigenous support system both emotionally and financially is critical to sustaining disciple-making for the long haul.
- Responsive to the community. Respect for individuals’ diverse experiences and the ability to work effectively with people from a variety of backgrounds.
- Flexibility. Problem solving ability, including the ability to accurately link cause and effect and to generate relevant solutions to problems.
- A pastoral heart. A deep belief in the potential of everybody to make disciples.
- Encouraging gift in others. Capacity to mobilize people and resources.
- Training of others. Effectiveness at planning and evaluating, including managing responsibilities effectively.
- Spiritual Maturity. The task of church planting is only possible for people who know Christ deeply, love him passionately and are surrendered to his will. A man or woman of God will produce a godly church, but if that spiritual maturity is missing, the church will be divested of its essential power and meaning.
We look for these characteristics and encourage those who show the most potential to succeed in so called difficult situations.
If becoming a church planter is not the right move for you, there are many other ways that you can join the movement to expand opportunities for church planting.
Could your church help plant a church for the unchurched people in your area?
CPI can help you do this! It provides:
- Coaching – personalised, practical support to ensure long-term, powerful impact.
- Preparation – putting you in touch with resources, people and funds
- Invitation – we welcome planters from all denominations
CPI’s personalised process helps you identify how your gifting, experience and season of life can best be used by God in the planting of a church.
Coaching is about connecting with like-minded people, sharing wisdom and insight, and having someone with experience to help you solve problems.
CPI offers coaching for church planters and church planting churches who are members of the network. We will guide you through the 4 critical phases of becoming a church that plants churches.
- Listening and Serving
- Building community
- Exploring Discipleship
- Church transforming locality
We can help you explore and develop your specific biblical beliefs and core values; develop strategies for entering and embracing your community; listen to your ideas and work over them again and again looking for ways your local community can be introduced to Jesus.
CPI Hubs are being developed in various locations across the UK. They usually meet bi-monthly and we take the opportunity at these meetings to share the ups and downs and the joys and disappointments of our calling, our task and our churches and to pray for one another. Our aim is to provide a mutually supportive time when we can learn from and support one another (“iron sharpens iron”) and build an encouraging and helpful network (“one another”). It is a great opportunity to share news with one another and if you are unable to come to one because of distance or other commitments, we would love to have news for information and prayer so we can share together in what God is doing where you are.