Category Archives: Designing Discipleship Systems

Motivational Statistics #2: Doom and Gloom

Doug Anderson’s recent presentation “Mission Centered Ministry in the 21st Century” added some new examples to my collection of motivational “doom and gloom” statistics. Doug is the executive director of the Bishop Rueben Job Center for Leadership Development. I worked … Continue reading

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Be Fruitful And Multiply: The Great Commission as a Pattern

In the beginning, west of Eden, humanity began to fulfill the command of God: “be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28). God’s creation is continually fruitful in a continually changing environment. To adapt and be fruitful is natural to all creation. In … Continue reading

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Video for Teen Level – "Sunday Morning"

If  picture is worth a thousand words, a video may be worth ten thousand. This amazing video, to me, captures in a satirical way the essence of what is appealing about the megachurch to the person at the level of … Continue reading

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The Fourth Wave: Disciple Making Movements (CPM)

FORAGING IN UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS CPM a.k.a. 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 … Continue reading

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Farming the Neighborhood vs. Foraging for Disciples

Cell churches farm neighborhoods and establish the Kingdom of God locally. There is a major shift between the third and fourth waves of cell church development. CPM or Church Planting Movements forage through cultures, looking for persons who are ripe … Continue reading

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The Third Wave: American "cellish" Churches

The Third Wave: American Cellish Churches Cell church principles remove obstacles to growth that allow USA churches to grow above 10,000 persons; every large church has an intent to incorporate believers into small groups for spiritual and emotional nurture. The … Continue reading

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The Second Wave: South American Innovations

As cell church principles moved into South America, they evolved into new forms as they adapted to a new cultural context. The two model churches here are the Elim Church of El Salvador, which implemented most of the Yoido model, … Continue reading

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The First Wave: Cells Interpreted Worldwide

The First Wave Interpreted Worldwide (http://www.disciplewalk.com/parable_army.html) A variety of American authors studied the principles of what was happening at Yoido and brought their interpretation of how a giant cell church functioned to the world. The end result was that cells … Continue reading

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THE FOUR WAVES: Cell Church Innovation

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But I'm Not Ambidextrous!

      Probably when many of us hear the concept of ambidextrous church, we snap our heads and think, “but I’m not ambidextrous! This can’t possibly work!” This undoubtedly comes from our cultures constant push that we must be prolific at … Continue reading

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