Sixth, an effective discipleship system requires the working involvement of every believer in seeking the lost, which is basic to what it means to be like Jesus. Planning for anything less is an intentional disobedience to the command of the Great Commission.
The seven step philosophy Ais effective in reaching the lost primarily though supporting the individual evangelistic ministry of our church members.@ One weakness compared to Yoido, however, is that the primary outcome of this evangelistic ministry is to successfully invite people to an institutional church service. Over time Willow Creek would come to see this weakness and ask their people to do much more than simply invite people to worship; one end result is the Neighborhood focus brought by Randy Frazee that you encountered in Unit 2.
The Great Commission is to be fulfilled by individuals, not institutions; all Christians are called to work with the lost. One of Willow Creek=s famous mottoes is that Aif lost people matter to God, they should matter to me.@
Seven, an effective discipleship system not only helps people enter faith, it helps new believers to grow in faith to the point of becoming disciple makers themselves. Beyond Areaching seekers with the message of Christ,@ the seven step discipleship system Aguides them to maturity in Christ.@ Willow Creek is continually fine tuning it=s discipleship system; they recently humbly acknowledged that their programs that help people mature spiritually were not as effective as hoped and they were intentionally focusing on improvement. Using my terminology, maturation was stalling between the Achild@ and Ateen@ level. This 2007 Aapology@ became very famous; there is a folder on it in the Workshop Materials of this course.
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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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