Cell churches do not believe in limits to growth

Section 4. Cell Church Priority #2: Evangelism or Working in Prevenient Grace. Matthew 28:19: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations . . .


A. Cell churches do not believe in limits to growth, but rather believe as Jesus said: The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest (Luke 10:2). The harvest is ready; what is lacking are the laborers.

B. In South America, the Elim Church in El Salvador used the Yoido system, known as the 5×5 model, to build a church of 130,000 members in 1999.[1] Note the fivefold purpose of the Elim Church memorized by every member:

            1. I have a purpose.

            2. My purpose is winning souls.

            3. I fulfill my purpose best in a group.

            4. I will never be satisfied until I fulfill my purpose.

            5. I have no promise of tomorrow.[2]

HOMEWORK Discussion Questions:

2.27 Do you agree or disagree with the Elim Church Purpose? How would your life change if this was your purpose?

2.28 How well is your church doing with each part of the Elim Church Purpose?





[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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All Scripture quotations are from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Please review the page How and Why We Use Quotes.

[1]Billy Hornsby, The Cell Driven Church: Bringing in The Harvest (Mansfield, PA: Kingdom Publishing, 2000), 12-16.

[2]Stockstill, Cell Church, 53. Cf. Hornsby, Cell Driven Church, 15, 35.

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