Catalyze a church-planting movement in Latin American urban centers.

Spark Points


We believe the only true hope is found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ — the Good News that God has not abandoned us, but sent His one and only son who lived the life we could not live and died the death we should have died and was raised again to life. By grace through faith in Him we are rescued from destruction, adopted into the family of God and granted eternal life. The remedy for the evil and injustice of the world begins and ends with this One True Hope.The gospel is simple, but endlessly deep — transforming individual lives, communities, cities and nations.


We believe that the most effective means for spreading the hope of the gospel is the Church. The Church is the one institution that Jesus formed and is the most effective means for sharing the Good News and discipling people to full maturity in Christ. The Church has stood the test of time and despite failures, has done more good than any institution in history. Church planting was the fundamental missions model of the Early Church and remains the most effective means of evangelism the world has ever known.


We believe that reaching cities is a strategic imperative. Throughout history cities have formed and shaped the values, beliefs and culture of nations. This was true 2,000 years ago when just 3% of the world’s population lived in cities. It is even more so today as more than 50% of the world’s population now lives in cities. One of the most compelling aspects of the missionary work of the Apostle Paul and the Early Church is that their ministries for the first 300 years of the Church were focused almost exclusively in the cities.

Our Role

Ignite Vision

Vision is at the heart of any movement. CMI is a catalyst to IGNITE the vision of urban church leaders for achieving an exponentially great gospel impact in their nations.

Unite Leaders

Unity is the most powerful witness to a watching world and an imperative for cultivating church planting movements of enduring value. CMI is catalyst to UNITE local and international Christian leaders around a common gospel-centered, church planting vision for their city and nation.

Equip Churches

Strong, multiplying churches is imperative for discipling nations. CMI is a catalyst to EQUIP local churches with the start up resources that accelerate gospel impact and create sustainable, multiplying church planting movements.

“The vigorous, continual planting of new congregations is the single most crucial strategy for (1) the numerical growth of the body of Christ in a city and (2) the continual corporate renewal and revival of the existing churches in a city. Nothing else—not crusades, outreach programs, parachurch ministries, growing mega- churches, congregational consulting, nor church renewal processes—will have the consistent impact of dynamic, extensive church planting. This is an eyebrow-raising statement, but to those who have done any study at all, it is not even controversial.”
— Dr. Timothy Keller




in Latin America.

Encounter with God churches in the largest cities of Latin America have been pursuing a vision of reaching their urban centers with the gospel. But church planting in an urban context is challenging and expensive.


Big cities are complex. Reaching them requires long-term planning and investment.

Big cities demand big resources. Real estate costs are a constant challenge facing each church.

The movement is large. Strong support, communication and leadership are necessary to reach more cities.


The potential for gospel impact is clear. Cities like Lima, Peru are larger than New York City.

The gospel has already changed the lives of tens of thousands. The doors to reach many more are open now.

Many Encounter churches are outgrowing their facilities and baptizing new believers regularly.