The potential convert’s early contact is entirely with the cell rather than attending a worship service as a stranger.

B. The most striking reality of the conversion process in the cell church is that the potential convert’s early contact is entirely with the cell rather than attending a worship service as a stranger. Cells choose a neighbor, show love to that person by acts of mercy, stay in contact through personal calling, support emotionally and spiritually when there is a problem, invite them into the cell fellowship and allow God to work. New converts are assimilated by the cell before they have ever attended worship and frequently before they even experience conversion. Cells obey the command of Jesus to “love thy neighbor” in a literal, geographical sense. The new convert then helps choose the next family that the cell will love as Jesus commanded.

C. Groups provide a ready opportunity for monthly fellowship events to which you can invite the persons on your list. These do not need to be church activities or at the church building. If an activity builds relationships, God can use it. A group can consider a picnic, a trip to the zoo, a pool side barbeque, or a night playing games in someone’s home. Each month a different person in your group could take leadership for planning an event.





[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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