Worship: The most successful pattern of evangelism in the world involves no initial participation in worship due to the inconveniences of the size of Yoido Church. New people participate first in the discipleship system, and only later attend worship. The path to membership begins with a relationship built through ministry visitation followed by an invitation to participate in a friendly small group meeting on the potential convert’s home turf and not on an invitation to worship. The basic church growth lesson from the world’s largest church is stunning but simple: the most successful path to church growth involves inviting people to small groups which build relationships instead of inviting them to worship.
Persons who become active in a
small group will inevitably attend worship with members of that group. Yoido
loses no prospective members due to worship visitors slipping through the
cracks and wastes no energy on ensuring member assimilation beyond worship
involvement. When new converts attend worship for the first time, they are
already completely assimilated.
Cho, More Than Numbers, 44-48.
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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