Third, the seven step philosophy is the equipping track – Athe track we follow for cultivating fully devoted followers of Christ.@ The third priority of the cell church is the presence of a clear definition of a clear path of spiritual growth from spiritual immaturity to maturity; this is the equipping track of spiritual development.
Fourth, the seven step
philosophy is Willow Creek=s
methodology or approach to reaching seekers. The seven steps are a Asummary of our strategy to reach the
lost.@ There is
a lot more to it, but this is the place to begin if your goal is to understand
why Willow Creek is successful.
Fifth, People who have no concept of a discipleship system pick up on only one of the steps, #3: Invite to a Seeker Service. As their worldview insists that everything be done in a single service of worship, they are unable to perceive the other necessary aspects. Many attempts to implement Willow Creek=s seeker sensitive approach even ignore the important New Community service (step #4). Spiritual life requires that the entire discipleship system be employed.
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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