The discipleship system is the highest priority in third world cell churches.

This entry is part 86 of 118 in the series Diagnosis, Dialogue, Decision: A DMin Project

The discipleship system is the highest priority in third world cell churches. If Jesus is Lord, then the Great Commission is the primary expression of faith. If the Great Commission is a priority, then developing every Christian to be a disciple-maker is a necessity, and cells are considered to be the best vehicle for that purpose.[1] These four priorities of the cell church are powerfully stated in the purpose of the Elim Church of El Salvador:

            1. I have a purpose.

            2. My purpose is winning souls.

            3. I fulfill my purpose best in a group.

            4. I will never be satisfied until I fulfill my purpose.

            5. I have no promise of tomorrow.[2]

Cell churches believe, as Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest” (Luke 10:2). The harvest is ready; what is lacking are the laborers willing and prepared to labor. The discipleship system of the cell church produces these laborers in great number, and they bring a large harvest of persons into the cell church. Worship plays an important role, but it does not overpower the work of the discipleship system in prevenient, justifying and sanctifying grace.





[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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[1]This study guide defines a cell church as having four priorities ranked in order of importance in which all members are expected to participate: Jesus is Lord, leading to prayer which leads to clear, specific, written goals. If Jesus is Lord, the second priority is evangelism through making disciples (Matthew 28:19). If the Great Commission is a priority, then teaching mature, obedient discipleship is a priority fulfilled by clear equipping tracks (Matthew 28:20). Finally, cells are the preferred and primary method to fulfill these priorities.

[2]Stockstill, The Cell Church, 53. Cf. Billy Hornsby, The Cell Driven Church: Bringing in The Harvest (Mansfield, PA: Kingdom Publishing, 2000), 15, 35.

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