Unit 6: The Fourth Wave of Cell Innovation
Lecture: Up Close and Personal: My Experience with Church Planting Movements
The fourth wave of cell church innovation is a Church Planting Movement strategy rather than a church growth strategy. In the fourth wave, as in the New Testament, all energy is invested in disciple‑making and no energy is wasted on creating an institutional church or rebuilding the Temple. More aptly named a Adisciple multiplication movement,@ fourth wave churches begin small, remain small, and continually spin off new small churches rather than grow one larger church. I believe that these evangelistic methods can be highly effective in small churches where individuals are ready to make a serious commitment to making disciples. They are discipleship systems that can operate without attachment to a traditional church. I=ve had two periods of my life when I=ve been a part of such groups: after my conversion and through college, 1972-1976, and then in 2002 when I met two leaders involved in planting such churches.
NOTE (my response)
The quote is from Major League Disciple Making: An Overview of the Best Research on the Cell Church, an online course developed for the Institute for Discipleship at www.BeADisciple.com in 2009. Course materials, including these lectures, can be downloaded here: http://www.disciplewalk.com/IFD_MLD_Class_Links.html
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