How It’s Done: Discipleship Systems
Cell groups at Yoido have an explicit neighborhood focus (64, 56) as Christians literally fulfill the command of Christ to love their neighbor. Cell group members practice “holy eavesdropping” (57) to discover the simple problems of their neighbors and then offer assistance and prayer; they ride elevators in high rise apartments, helping people carry groceries and packages (60). Conversations build relationships through these acquaintances which are strengthened by regular visitation by cell members. Usually, the relationships are built with the wife first because they are available in the neighborhood and have time for conversation (59). Korean Christians have a custom of hanging a red cross on their apartment doors; this helps cell members to avoid proselytizing members of other churches (89).
The focus of the ongoing visitation and small acts of mercy is evangelism; Cho says that the church “does not have home meetings that are strictly for fellowship. It is all right for our members to meet for fellowship on their own, but I believe the meetings need to be highly disciplined if they are to produce the kind of evangelism and growth we have seen at Full Gospel Central Church. Groups that meet without having evangelism as a goal do not produce growth in the church. There is a great danger that they will only feed on themselves” (113).
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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