Igniting Movements


Multiplying Churches in Dark Places

Nearly 65 percent of the world’s unreached people groups live in India (1.2 billion people) and the 11 countries surrounding it—comprising nearly 50 percent of the world’s population. This is where Central India Christian Mission (CICM) has planted more than 1,400 churches and where 400,000 people worship on a given Sunday.

Founded by Ajai Lall and his wife Indu more than 30 years ago, CICM is igniting movements throughout the region. In this FREE eBook, Igniting Movements, Lall and CICM leader Josh Howard chronicle the journey toward church multiplication through riveting stories of facing religious persecution, practical leadership insights and multiplication principles that continue to reproduce churches in some of the world’s darkest places. The authors conclude the book by sharing five “big things” we must not forget if we truly want to ignite church multiplication movements where we are. Igniting Movements—the ninth eBook in Exponential’s church multiplication series—offers encouragement, wisdom and inspiration to planters regardless of your context or culture.

Key takeaways

  • The three elements needed to start and stoke spiritual fires
  • How we can reach the world’s population with the gospel in less than 20 years
  • Why resumés and diplomas shouldn’t be the only credentials we consider when identifying potential leaders
  • Why “being with Jesus” is a non-negotiable for identifying leaders
  • How CICM balances the tension between the laws of man and the laws of God
  • Riveting stories of church planters who have placed sacrifice over safety for the eternities of others
  • How CICM planters deal with the fear (and reality) of religious persecution
Ajai Lall
Dr. Ajai Lall and his wife, Indu, founded Central India Christian Mission (CICM) more than 30 years ago. The primary focus of CICM is evangelism, church planting and leadership training. The Mission has grown from two to more than 6oo full-time workers and has planted 1,400-plus churches in India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. Lall has written many books for Hindi-speaking people and has a passion to preach the Word of God.
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Josh Howard
Josh has been living in India since 2008 and has a passion to see the Kingdom of God spread throughout the world. He is overseeing the church planting school at Central India Christian Mission (CICM), which prepares church planters to go to unreached areas in India and the surrounding countries. In 2015, he launched a branch of the ministry called Ignite, which has seen over 10,000 churches started in eight years! Josh also serves as the regional director of Central Asia for the NewThing Network. He has a Master of Arts in Missional Church Movements from Wheaton College and is the co-author of the books Christian Extremism: A Life Worth Dying For and Igniting Movements: Multiplying Churches in Dark Places. He is most thankful for his wife Lashi, his two sons Josiah and Jeremiah, and his daughter Zara.
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