Unit 7.21 On the prairies of the United States, Wesley’s discipleship system was abandoned


On the prairies of the United States, Wesley=s discipleship system was abandoned; prairie churches were controlled by insiders functioning in cell meetings. Prairie DNA, however, is found in both England and America. In prairie DNA, the lost are encountered in services of evangelistic worship events (prevenient grace), experience a salvation event through a preacher (justifying grace), and enter small groups for spiritual growth and nurture (sanctifying grace). Cells, by Comiskey=s definition, have personal evangelism as their primary purpose; cells make disciples. In traditional church DNA, small groups are filled with people who=ve entered the church through attendance at worship services; the only evangelistic act in the traditional worship system church is to invite outsiders to come to the worship event. Wesley could sing a hymn on a street corner and draw a crowd to hear him preach; this model is no longer effective in our society for evangelism. Fixing the worship system church by making it Aemergent@ or adjusting a worship service to make it more attractive to lost people is nothing new and is not going to work. As in Yoido, the first step into the church in the 21st century is to find a community of faith within a small group prior to encountering the church at worship. It does not appear that Wesley=s class meetings or bands were organized to practice personal evangelism.

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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