The Third Wave: American Cellish Churches
Cell church principles remove obstacles to growth that allow USA churches to grow above 10,000 persons; every large church has an intent to incorporate believers into small groups for spiritual and emotional nurture.
The first example of a Yoido implementation was Dale Galloway’s New Hope Church in Portland, Oregon. Other large churches such as Willow Creek, Saddleback and Ginghamsburg UMC also reflect incorporation of cell principles.
The primary difference is whether cells are organized for internal nurture and spiritual growth (Ginghamsburg, New Hope), to facilitate service (Willow Creek) or for evangelism (Saddleback). In the cell church, it is a basic expectation that everyone plays a part in God’s evangelistic ministry to outsiders.
Cell principles, however, have certainly increased the ability of these large churches to function effectively.
Warren, Rick. The Purpose Driven Church. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1995. Warren, Rick. The Purpose Driven Life.
Willow Creek’s 2007 critique and analysis of their discipleship system revealed weaknesses that slowed the advance of disciples into the Teen level of spiritual growth. www.revealnow.com