CMM joyfully announces the reception of the International Church Planting Center into its ministry platform.
ICPC, founded and directed by missionary statesman Dr. J. Allen Thompson, has officially merged into the CMM family, starting October 1, 2016. We are humbled by this opportunity to build on the international, gospel movement influence Allen and others with the ICPC have had over the last 25 years.
CMM will enlarge its relationship and partnership with the Los Pinos Nuevos Churches in Cuba. This partnership is important for several reasons. For CMM, God is calling us to amplify our efforts of church planting, coaching and mentoring in Spanish contexts. Conscious of the need to be “along side” vs. “over or under” CMM needs the wisdom, gifting and vision of an indigenous movement of churches. For LPN, an 88-year old national entity beginning to emerge from 50 years of isolation, the possibility of embracing a relationship with a US organization that can bring new strategies, contacts, and resources is a wise and important step.
Working alongside our LPN brothers and sisters, we will endeavor to fuel a gospel-centered church planting movement among Cuba’s 11.5 million people. We will help complete the 10-10-5-10 plan initiated by ICPC, to launch church multiplication centers in 10 of the largest cities, build adjoining micro businesses (farms) and spur church planting by evangelism and disciple making into the small towns and villages of each province. ICPC has already launched 5 of the training centers.
CMM Coaching Catalyst, Rev. Jim Moon Jr., will be taking an active and direct leadership role in our efforts in Cuba. Jim and Elizabeth recently completed language school in Costa Rica. Jim has been training coach trainers in Cuba for the last two years plus. He has established himself as a friend, mentor and master coach to the leaders of LPN. Starting January 1, 2017, Jim will become Associate Director at CMM.
Allen Thompson will continue to help guide, mentor and offer counsel to our team over the next year and assist in forming The Cuba Partnership of Churches. He has joined the CMM Board of Directors as well.
Please pray and as God leads, help contribute to the expanding influence of the gospel in Cuba.