Some aspect of the cell church must also overcome systemic limits to growth.

D. If the normal size of a church in Korea is fifty members, then some aspect of the cell church must also overcome systemic limits to growth. Churches have a size thermostat which utilizes the Balancing Loop to keep them at a smaller, comfortable size when the potential for growth is much larger. The cell Discipleship System has increased the functional competency of the church to make and mature disciples in the reinforcing loop while remaining in a healthy homeostasis in the balancing loop. Cell churches overcome normal systemic limits to growth that keep most Korean churches small.

E. Cell churches grow at a rapid rate, but are themselves unable to sustain that rate or the whole world would have become converted by now. Cell principles do raise the upper limit of growth, but new systemic limits eventually slow growth.





[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

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