The focus of the Yoido cell group is on winning souls, not upon growing to a size for multiplication.

This entry is part 117 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project

The focus of the Yoido cell group is on winning souls, not upon growing to a size for multiplication. An apprentice leader is not appointed until the group reaches fifteen or more in attendance.[1] Converts who are won to Christ by the apprentice leader (while a cell member) often become the nucleus of a new, aggressively evangelistic cell.[2] Or a cell leader might be assigned to two or more geographically proximate members to form a new cell and do ministry visitation. When possible, natural networks are the basis for dividing groups; when there are no natural networks, geography is the basis.[3]





[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, 88, 72.

[2]Ibid., 93.


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