A Decade’s Worth of Progress—In Just One Year!

Behind the global turmoil that preoccupies so much of the world’s attention, God is quietly reaping the greatest spiritual harvest in history, while preparing an even greater harvest.

And at the center of this global outpouring is prayer, along with the intentional pursuit of movements, empowered by the Holy Spirit, to motivate and equip disciples and small churches to reproduce (rather than just gathering believers to receive ministry).

Following are the most significant developments I have seen over the past year in this global revolution, with links to related resources. (Suggestions for improving or expanding this list are welcome.)

  1. Focused prayer: In May of 2017, global prayer network leaders met with mission leaders to focus prayer on the remaining missionary task (watch an inspiring 9-minute video). This has birthed a growing global focus on prayer for movements to complete the Great Commission.
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  2. Closure focus: Shortly after this focus on prayer, the 24:14 Coalition formed—dedicated to pursuing movements of rapidly multiplying small churches and disciples in every remaining unreached people and place by 2025 (read about the Coalition or watch their five minute video). Several years previously Steve Smith wrote the thriller No Place Left saga about how movements could emerge among every people by 2025. This Coalition is turning this fiction into reality. Request your FREE review copy of Hastening, the first volume of the saga.
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  3. New awareness: The trust environment created by formation of the 24:14 Coalition (2414Now.net) led many movement leaders to share with each other what God was doing. This jumped the April 2017 estimate (162 movements with 20 million new disciples) to a 2017 year-end confidence of nearly 650 movements with 50 million new disciples. (I detailed this new awareness in a Mar/Apr 2018 Mission Frontiers article, which I later revised and posted at MultMove.net/pub/Astonishing-Progress.pdf)
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  4. Rediscovery of Jesus’ Movement Strategy: The July/August 2018 Mission Frontiers is dedicated to revealing the pivotal relevance to movement practitioners of the parable Jesus Himself entitled “The Parable of the Sower” (Mt. 13:18). We have often misunderstood and misapplied this parable to be teaching us what kind of soil or seed we should be, when in fact it points to the strategy Jesus modeled as a sower. Read the articles. A couple years earlier I helped publish Stubborn Perseverance, the story of how to start a movement. Request your FREE review copy.
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  5. Refugee dynamics: God is using the global refugee crisis to bring blessing to peoples that were previously isolated from the gospel: dropbox.com/s/j188giwu627ylga (observations from our 2017 participation in refugee ministry in Europe).
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  6. Family blessing: Movements—the Word of God blessing families and other relational networks—are an important corrective to the tendency of many evangelism and church planting efforts to focus on individuals without regard for their family relationships. I excerpted two books on this for the Mar/Apr 2016 Mission Frontiers: MissionFrontiers.org/issue/article/household-churches). My friend Chuck White drafted an article correcting a common misuse of scripture to win individuals away from their families (dropbox.com/s/orhu9z6g1ksa950). I hope to have this expanded to a clarification that God’s intent to bless families is the foundation for discipling nations.
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  7. Fear exposed: Satan’s hold over most Unreached Peoples is partly through their fear that Christianity will tear apart their families and communities. Evangelism that pulls individuals away from their families compounds this fear. Movements correct this problem by blessing families. At the September 2017 meeting of the International Society of Frontier Missiology, I presented an adaptation of McGavran’s article explaining this dynamic. My adaptation then appeared in the Mar/Apr 2018 issue of Mission Frontiers. An updated version is available at MultMove.net/pub/Movements-How-peoples-are-reached.pdf
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  8. Disparity recognized: India has long received only the prayer and laborers proportionate to its classification as a country, while in fact India has a larger population and more complexity than most continents. While most countries receive an average of one missionary for every 1,000 people in their unreached people groups, India receives only one missionary per 46,000. And India is home to nearly half the population of all Unreached People Groups, and has more complexity and need than all of Africa. Awareness of this disparity of needs and resources is stimulating increased prayer and efforts toward starting movements on the Indian subcontinent (India, Pakistan and Bangladesh): dropbox.com/s/4cwbhnndm9ncdfk
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  9. Frontier people groups: In early 2018 the concept of Frontier People Groups (less than one Christian family of any kind per 1,000 families) brought fresh clarity to the remaining task (JoshuaProject.net/frontier/3). Joshua Project has posted my short article explaining Frontier People Groups (JoshuaProject.net/assets/media/articles/frontier-peoples-introduction.pdf). Look for more information on Frontier People Groups in the upcoming Nov/Dec 2018 Mission Frontiers.
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  10. Prayer focus continued: God continues stirring global prayer for movements among the largest remaining Frontier People Groups. I am now part of a small network fueling global prayer, and helped a small team of global prayer network leaders pull together a 31 day prayer guide for the largest Frontier People Groups (JoshuaProject.net/the31). Reserve copies of the next revision at Prayer.MultMove.net/preorder-the31
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  11. Reliance on the Holy Spirit: Steve Smith’s Spirit Walk: The Extraordinary Power of Acts for Ordinary People (amzn.to/2yEzVBg) reintroduces the ancient fruitfulness of following the Holy Spirit’s leading in the pursuit of movements. Request a free copy of Spirit Walk at my expense.
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  12. Movement Training Hubs: The 24:14 Coalition update in the July/Aug 2018 Mission Frontiers reports on the significant development of intentional movement training hubs to accelerate the equipping of more disciples to start movements among peoples that most need them.
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  13. Population Decrease of Unreached Peoples: The lost population of unreached people groups has roughly doubled since the concept was introduced in the 1970s, but this also is changing rapidly. Already, movements have cut the lost population of unreached people groups by an estimated 45 million, by turning this number into disciples with experience in rapidly multiplying movements. To help you better understand how this is happening, let me offer you FREE copies of Stubborn Perseverance and Hastening, at my expense. Enter Robby Butler, “RobbyQButler@gmail.com” as your “generous friend.”

Never in history has the Holy Spirit prompted such global collaboration in focused prayer and labor toward biblical, multiplying discipleship among the peoples and places still waiting in darkness.

Learn how you can become part of a team to be part of blessing just one of the strategically large, neglected Frontier People Groups.

He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. — Rev 22:20.

P.S. I welcome your suggestions for improving or expanding this list.