Unit 3: The Second Wave: South American Innovations
Lecture: Discipleship Systems
The cell church began at Yoido and then was interpreted worldwide in two variants: the pure cell church and the metachurch. Cell churches in South America adopted the cell innovation and revised it for their cultural background with great success. I believe these modifications are a new, or second wave of cell innovation.
book, Reap the Harvest, is my favorite description of the discipleship
system in these churches, while Comiskey=s Leadership Explosion is the best book on
the use of equipping tracks for training a healthy core group. Two books
by Larry Stockstill and Billy Hornsby discuss the implementation of these
principles in our example church for Unit 4, Bethany World Prayer Center near
Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Bethany was originally inspired by the Elim Church 5×5
cell management structure and had a net growth of 600 families in 1993, their
first year of cell ministry. Net growth had been flat for 1990-92, so they know
that the increase is due to the transition to cell. In 1993-1996 they had
gained a net growth of 2000 families (CC: 22). In 2002 their goal is to plant
500 indigenous churches in Third World countries. Bethany is now the primary
proponent of the second wave G12 management structure in the
 For a comparison of the 5×5 and G12 model, see the article by Ralph W. Neighbour, Jr. AStructuring Your Church for Growth – An Examination of Three Cell Structures@ in the Workshop Materials section of this unit.
NOTE (my response)
RH: Joel Comiskey, Reap the Harvest: How A Small Group System Can Grow Your Church (Houston, TX: Touch Publications, 1999)
CC: Larry Stockstill, The Cell Church: Preparing Your Church for the Coming Harvest (Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1998)
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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