Persons are assimilated into the discipleship system by home ministry visitation prior to becoming Christians or even attending the cell.

This entry is part 107 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project

Persons are assimilated into the discipleship system by home ministry visitation prior to becoming Christians or even attending the cell. Participation in the cell is the outcome of visitation. When the person finally visits the cell, he or she is not a stranger. The focus in neighborhood visitation is on ministry to the simple needs of individuals, not the insoluble problems of the community as a whole.

            Visitation focuses on building relationships that solve human problems, in prayer, and in ways that help each person directly:[1]

Okja found something else that helped in bringing people to the Savior: “When I talked with these people we had targeted to evangelize,” she said, “I discovered one thing. If a person ever told me of a need or problem, it let me know that person was receptive. It never failed that I could then lead that person to faith in Jesus Christ.”

            The ultimate aim of evangelistic visitation is to find people with needs and problems and then lead them to the Problem Solver, Jesus Christ. A subdistrict leader, Leebu Pak, tells her cell leaders, “Look for problems. When you find someone with a problem, you are almost guaranteed that person will come to Jesus.”[2]





[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 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

[2][3] [4][5] [6][7] [8]

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[1]Hurston, Growing the World’s Largest Church, 99-100.

[2]Ibid., 104.

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