Yoido prefers that cell leaders have the gift of evangelism.

This entry is part 112 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project

Yoido prefers that cell leaders have the gift of evangelism.[1] Apprentice leaders are not named until the group has grown large enough to divide. That growth, arguably, is the result of the presence of an evangelistically gifted person in the cell who will assume leadership of the new cell.[2] At Yoido, each convert enters the cell network through the influence of a person with the gift of evangelism within that cell.[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 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]Joel Comiskey is the authority on the second wave of cell church development which strongly believes that every person has the ability to start and lead a cell; Comiskey reports Cho’s preference for cell leaders to have the gift of evangelism in Joel Comiskey, Leadership Issues of Cell Based Ministries, http://www.joelcomiskeygroup.com/articles/tutorials/leadership.html (accessed June 13, 2007). This is a signature philosophical difference between the first and second waves of cell churches.

                C. Peter Wagner estimates that 5-10% of church members have the spiritual gift of evangelism. Schwarz, Natural Church Development, 34-35.

[2]Delaying the naming of an apprentice until growth fills the cell demonstrates the presence of one or more evangelistically gifted persons and helps ensure such a gifted person will lead the new cell.

[3]In order to multiply cells every six months, Neighbor advises beginning cells with an apprentice (shepherd intern) already in place. Neighbor, Where Do We Go, 271. This approach can result in cells multiplying so rapidly that no person in the new cell has the gift of evangelism, at which point conversion growth slows. When cells are filled from worship overflow, as is common in the second and third waves, achieving true community is more difficult because the people are disconnected as they enter the cell. New cell leaders are often immature. The purpose of the cell often can shift to the spiritual growth of internal cell members and the focus on evangelism can be lost or diminished when no one has the gift of evangelism.

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