The First Wave: Cells Interpreted Worldwide

The First Wave Interpreted Worldwide (

A variety of American authors studied the principles of what was happening at Yoido and brought their interpretation of how a giant cell church functioned to the world. The end result was that cells were added to what right handed churches do, and often did not achieve their potential. An ambidextrous church would incorporate the cell concepts rather than add them to a right handed mix.

Cells are small groups organized for the purpose evangelism around an evangelistic leader. Another difficulty is the right handed tendency to view the cell not for evangelism of their neighbors, but as a means to provide pastoral care and nurture, or to learn the bible, or to serve missionally; these are right handed concerns and the cells can become “right handed” when they function as a program to provide for right handed needs and when the cell meeting becomes a weekly event.


Neighbour, Ralph W., Jr. Where Do We Go From Here? A Guidebook For The Cell Group Church. Tenth Anniversary Edition. Houston, TX: Touch Publications, 2000.

Beckham, William A. The Second Reformation: Reshaping The Church For The Twenty-First Century. Houston, TX: Touch Publications, 1997.

George, Carl F. Prepare Your Church For The Future. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell, 1991.

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