The core missionary task (CMT) is the language the International Mission Board uses to describe the center of their missions strategy.
The CMT consists of six phases:
- Healthy Church Formation
- Leadership Development
These aspects of the task are not necessarily linear, though they do follow a rough progression. Furthermore, the task is meant to be a spiral, in that once you reach the end, you begin partnering with the churches and leaders you've developed to further engage in the missionary task.
Usage by the IMB
Intended for use in cross-cultural missions in international fields, the CMT is a framework and not a specific missions method. As a framework, it's broad enough to provide structure for all of the IMB's field strategies regardless of region, culture, or worldview.
Different IMB teams across a range of cultural and religious affinities globally employ different missions methods that are both biblically faithful and culturally relevant while congruent with the CMT.
Usage in North America
Though designed for use internationally in cross-cultural settings, the CMT is brush enough to be a helpful framework for North American missions as well.
First, the The United States is the Most Diverse Country in the World, which means North American missions must consider cross-cultural strategies in order to approach Gospel Saturation.