When an effective discipleship system is in place, most western concerns about worship seem to be irrelevant to disciple making.

F. Discipleship Systems create community by linking people in relationships. The Great Commission Model draws people into conversations which build a web or network of caring relationships through which God’s love, power and grace flow toward people to forgive, help, heal and build faith. Communities, like families, are primarily relational rather than task oriented. Proclamation can take place in large groups; community requires conversations which can only take place in small groups and between individuals. Remember the Conversation Principle: conversations change lives.

G. Growth has overwhelmed the ability of Yoido church to provide a comfortable place for more than a third of the members to worship comfortably, but the church just keeps on growing. Pastor Cho wrote that “the average member has to wait at least one hour in a long line just to get a place to sit down in one of our seven services.”[1] Discipleship Systems continue to be effective at making disciples beyond the capability of a church organization to provide comfortable worship space that Westerners would expect.[2] When an effective discipleship system is in place, most western concerns about worship seem to be irrelevant to disciple making.





[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]Cho, More Than Numbers, 50.

[2]Cf. Harpocrates [pseud.], 254: Yoido Full Gospel Church, Yoido, Seoul, South Korea, www.ship-of-fools.com/Mystery/2000/254Mystery.html (accessed June 15, 2007).

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