Unit 2.11 Staff focus on visitation rather than events, programs or committees.

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Staff focus on visitation rather than events, programs or committees: Visitation is an old, traditional ministry discipline. Yet staff pastors at Yoido watching over an average of two thousand members do more prayer and personal visitation than a full-time pastor in America watching over one hundred church attenders.[1] It is not that laity take up all the other administration and programming; there is no such comparative programming or endless committee meetings to interfere with ministry visitation.

Without events, programs or committees to consume time, all that is left is prayer and relational visitation.



[1]Ibid., 13, 37, 63, 220. Cf. Hurston, “A Day in the Life.”

[2]A typical staff pastor will visit three hundred homes during the Grand Home Visitation, averaging ten homes per day. Hurston, Growing the World’s Largest Church, 117, 219.

[3]Hurston, Growing the World’s Largest Church, 219-220.




[1]“While the average cell leader prays for one hour daily, the typical staff pastor prays for at least two hours. While the average cell leader makes three to five prayer visits a week, the typical staff pastor makes ninety-one prayer visits each month. More than seven hundred full‑time pastoral staff members start their days five mornings a week in prayer and reporting, then spend eight hour days making prayer visits to leaders and members, always accompanied by at least one lay leader.” Karen Hurston, The Small Groups Behind the World’s Largest Church,” Strategies for Today’s Leader 36, no. 2, (Spring 1999): 15‑17, under http://www.hurstonministries.org/art_c_03.htm (accessed June 13, 2007).

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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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