Highly organized, network-based Discipleship Systems in large, third world cell churches allow rapid growth

L. The major difference between a megachurch of two thousand and a cell type church of twenty thousand or 700,000 is the role of the Discipleship System in making converts from non-Christians and then making disciple makers out of those new disciples. The highly organized, network based Discipleship Systems in large, third world cell churches allow rapid growth without disturbing the functional harmony of the church homeostasis, thereby overcoming a major cause of resistance to church growth.

HOMEWORK Discussion Questions:

3.04 What is your average attendance? Which tier includes your church?

3.05 How many baptisms occurred last year? How does your baptismal rate compare with the norm for that tier?

3.06 Are small churches doomed? What do you think?

3.07 How many members have joined your church in the past five years?

3.08 How many by transfer in the past five years?

3.09 How many by other means in the past five years?

3.10 Is this higher or lower than the thirty two in the NCD study five year average?


3.1 JOURNAL: Record your reflections and document your answers to the Questions for a Better Understanding found on page 139 with regard to this module.





[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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