The core missionary task (CMT) is the language the [International Mission Board](https://imb.org) uses to describe the center of their missions strategy.
The CMT consists of six phases:
4. Healthy Church Formation
5. Leadership Development
![Core Missionary Task Diagram](https://i.imgur.com/GfS51fH.png)
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]].