What is #NoPlaceLeft?
NO PLACE LEFT is a movement of movements aimed at getting to no place left where Christ is not made known in our generation—no people group, ethnic group, city or segment (Rom. 15:23). We do that through reproducing disciples and churches among the lost until there is no place left.
Global: A global Acts 1:8 movement in which disciples make reproducing disciples to fully reach their own diverse contexts and then unreached peoples of the earth for Christ. We foster interdependent partnerships in mission between autonomous churches and apostolic bands (Acts 13, Philippians 1:5).
CPM-Based: We catalyze Spirit-led church planting movements as the avenue for reaching a whole area—emphasizing:
- Finding God prepared people (entry)
- Reproducing evangelism
- Reproducing disciples
- Reproducing churches
- Reproducing leaders
Generational Growth: We are a decentralized movement (starfish) of reproducing generations of disciples and churches, knowing that until we see consistent fourth generation and beyond, a stream is not becoming a movement (Matt. 28:18-20; 2 Tim. 2:2; Matt. 13:31-33).
Gospel, Word & Spirit: We are Christ-centered proclaiming the gospel of grace (Luke 24:46-49; Acts 20:24) reliant on the Word as our guide (John 15:1-16) and the Spirit as our Empowerer (John 14:23-26).
Prayerful Practice: We pray for laborers while practicing as laborers ourselves (Luke 10:2). We all take personal ownership of the Great Commission and allocate time to reaching the lost within their sphere of influence (1 Cor 9:16).
Disciples Not Converts: We go to new believers where they are and disciple them to obey Jesus’ commands out of love (Matt 28:18-20, John. 14:21), with the expectation that the Word will reproduce in their life as they do the same with others (Matt 13).
Humility: Our aspiration is to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God (James 4:6-10) to live by His grace, honor one another in love (Rom. 12:9-11) and continue as learners of the counter-intuitive ways of the King (Mark 1:15).
Volunteer Movement: An open-membership open-source volunteer movement (or coalition) built around the Matthew 24:14/Romans 15:23 vision. Anyone aspiring to the vision and ethos can enter the movement as a free-will offering (Psalm 110:3) and we are open-handed in our interactions (Prov. 11:24-25). Our leaders grow into position they don't go into position; spiritual authority is extended to leaders, not extracted by them.
Not an Organization: We are a movement or coalition with no hierarchy or defined leadership structure. Therefore we are not an organization with associated structures. Nor are defined by any organizations, regional initiatives or ventures bearing the name No Place Left. They may simply be manifestations of this movement in its various forms. Not a Funding Base Or Conduit: Practitioners in our coalition pursue funding in a variety of ways and mechanisms but No Place Left is not a funding conduit.
Not a Denominationally-Based Movement: Though our practitioners are Evangelical in orientation we are not restricted to any one denomination or church.
Facts from NoPlaceLeft.net
Brutal facts on the United States
- 50% of Americans are “churchless” or “unchurched” (156 million) (cite)
- 34% of unchurched population claim to be skeptics (atheists or agnostics) (cite)
- 22.8% of Americans claim their religious affiliation to be “none” or “nothing in particular” (cite)
- 3 million: population of Muslims in America, expected to reach 6.2 million by 2030 (cite)
- “Twenty years ago, two-thirds of churchless Americans (65%) were open to being invited to church by a friend. Today, that percentage has slipped to less than half (47%).” (cite)
Percent of believers engaged in sharing Jesus
“Statisticians estimate that only three percent of evangelicals participate in evangelism. That means ninety seven percent of born-again believers are sitting on the sidelines. Only a small fraction of the church carries out the Savior’s command to seek and save those who are lost. The command is clear in Scripture, yet it stands unfulfilled. Something is terribly wrong!"
[Howard A. Tryon, Praying for You: A Workbook for Reaching Others Through Prayer (Grand Rapids: Kregel Resources, 1996), 34.]
“Several experts suggest that ninety five to ninety seven percent of American Christians do not share their faith with others.”
[Will McRaney Jr., The Art of Personal Evangelism: Sharing Jesus in a Changing Culture (Nashville: Broadman and Holman Publishers, 2003), 5.]
“Ninety five percent of all Christians in North America will not win even one person to Christ in their entire lifetime.”
[Aubrey Malphurs, Planting Growing Churches for the 21st Century (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1998), 218.]
“Over ninety percent of evangelical Christians have never purposefully led even one person to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.”
[Walter S, Bleecker with Jan Bishop, The Non-Confronter’s Guide to Leading a Person to Christ (San Bernardino, CA: Here’s Life Publishers, 1990), 15.]