Seven Stages of the CPM* Continuum

0 – CPM Team in context but no purposeful CPM plan or efforts yet

1Moving purposefully (G1) – Trying to consistently establish 1st generation of new believers & community

1.1 Purposeful Field 1 and Field 2 activity but no results yet
(entry — looking for person of peace / houses of peace — and evangelism)
1.2 Have some new Gen1 believers
1.3 Have some new Gen1 believers and new groups
1.4 Have consistent new G1 believers
1.5 Have consistent new G1 believers and new groups
1.6 One or more new first generation communities of believers
1.7 Several new G1 communities of believers
1.8 G1 communities of believers are starting new groups
1.9 Close to G2 communities of believers (1 or more G2 communities of believers)

2 – Focused (G2): Some 2nd generation communities of believers (i.e. new believers/communities of believers have started another generation)

3 – Breakthrough (G3): Consistent 2nd generation and some 3rd generation communities of believers

4 – Emerging CPM (G4): Consistent 3rd generation communities of believers and some 4th generation communities of believers

—————————————ESTABLISHED CPM—————————————

5 – Church Planting Movement (CPM): consistent 4th generation and beyond communities of believers in multiple streams

6 – Sustained CPM: Visionary, indigenous movement leadership with little/no need for outsiders. Has stood the test of time, with at least several hundred communities of believers (Most stage 6 CPMs have 1,000 or more)

7 – Multiplying CPMs: Initial CPM is now catalyzing other CPMs in other people groups or cities

NOTE: All generations counted are new believers and new groups/communities of believers, not existing believers and communities of believers. Existing believers/communities of believers are labeled Gen 0. They are the baseline generation from which we are launching.


  • CPM stands for “Church Planting Movement,” with “church” is defined as a community of believers that follows New Testament practices rather than the place(s) they may gather.