How It’s Done: Healthy Core Group
Yoido Church’s healthy core group consists of 100,113 leaders, most of whom serve as cell leaders. They are trained in both on-the-job coaching in ministry and through educational opportunities at the church (108-109). They are supervised lovingly and carefully in a network with five leaders per supervisor; this “5×5″ system with a span of control of five creates an organization of many layers, but allows supervising leaders at each level much more time to work with each of their people.
Yoido church is slow to advance people to leadership; people first have to prove themselves faithful. Cho looks for five qualities (107-108):
–a clear, powerful testimony of what God has done for them
–dedication shown by attendance, tithing and commitment to unity (not overcritical)
–spirit-filled (Yoido is a Pentecostal church which believes in spiritual & physical healing.)
–time and money. “Although there is an axiom that, if you want a job done, give it to a busy person, that axiom does not apply to spiritual leadership. The busier a person is, the less time his is going to have to listen to and receive direction from the Holy Spirit. The best cell leaders are those who do not have to go to work outside the home; they usually have much more time for prayer and Bible study” (108).
Yonggi Cho’s book, Successful Home Cell Groups, provides a general overview of the cell system at Yoido Church. For more details, two other sources are recommended in this unit:
Karen Hurston, Growing the World’s Largest Church (see description in the unit materials.)
David Kueker, Chapter Two:
Discipleship Systems at www.disciplewalk.com/resources.
Yoido Full Gospel Church Organization, http://english.fgtv.com/yoido/Organization.htm.
Yoido Full Gospel Church Education, http://english.fgtv.com/yoido/Education.htm.
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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