… all Christians are spiritually gifted and expected to use their gifts in the cells.

This entry is part 110 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project

In Pentecostal teaching, all Christians are spiritually gifted and expected to use their gifts in the cells. As the group shares, all persons are able to use their gifts for the common good of the cell (1 Corinthians 12:7). Need calls forth transitory leadership roles in the normal functioning of the group and members rise to flexibly fulfill the leadership need of the occasion.[1] The cell leader at Yoido, normally someone with the gift of evangelism, keeps the group focused on relationships that win souls. A person with teaching gifts does not need to be “the” leader to use these gifts in a cell. Leadership tasks in Korean cells rotate, as does the location of the cell meeting; this gently hinders domination by a leader and prevents volunteer burn-out. The first roles of leadership experienced by persons participating in Yoido Church are that of presider and prayer captain at a cell meeting; these roles rotate from person to person in the cell meeting and are even filled by non-Christians.[2] Talents normally considered as leadership gifts can be a hindrance in cells if they prevent others from experimenting with different roles and discovering their callings to ministry.         






[1] The quote is a selection from David O. Kueker’s Fuller Seminary Doctor of Ministry project submitted in September, 2007, entitled Diagnosis, Dialogue, and Decision: A Threefold Process of Revitalization For the Illinois Great Rivers Conference.
It is shared here in recognition of its 12th Anniversary along with comments to update and provide perspective on the material. The original project was a Training Manual/Study Guide of three Seminars supported by three chapters of research and an Introduction. The material is available for download at www.disciplewalk.com/Resources.html. In 2009 it was provided for purchase as a softcover book entitled Designing Discipleship Systems: Christian Disciple Making For Any Size Church, Any Theology through CreateSpace.com.

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[1]Dan R. Dick describes the importance of these flexible roles in Leaderships, http://www.gbod. org/congregational/articles.asp?act=reader&item_id=2471 (accessed June 13, 2007). Peck calls this the “flow of leadership in community.” Peck, The Different Drum, 72-73.

[2]Hurston, Growing the World’s Largest Church, 64.

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