runs a Sunday school with twenty thousand children in attendance which is
perhaps one of the largest in the world, but this is statistically
insignificant compared to the 253,000 present at worship.
Children’s cell groups minister to more children on their home turf: An estimated 70% of the more than
twenty-five thousand children involved in these groups come from homes where
the parents are not believers. These groups form one of the most evangelistic
outreaches of the church. The children themselves do most of the outreach,
bringing friends to the teacher’s neighborhood home to hear about Jesus.
Leaders develop a great variety of diversified and decentralized non-cell
microprogramming ministries that do not become the focus of the entire church
because statistically few people participate in them.
The focus remains on evangelism and the fourfold ministry pattern.
The exception, of course, is the cell ministry; 70% of deacons serve as cell leaders. Cf. Hurston, Growing the World’s Largest Church, 68-69.
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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