What if we combined both ways of church planting?
Throughout this course we have discussed a great variety of ways that cell churches organize ordinary people into discipleship systems where they go into the world and make disciples (Matthew 28:19), along with equipping tracks which help the new disciples become better disciples and then disciple makers by Ateaching them to observe all that I have commanded you@ (Matthew 28:20). These churches are inspired by John Wesley=s original discipleship system and are a good example of his very clear statement: You have nothing to do but to save souls. Therefore spend and be spent in this work. And go always, not only to those who want you, but to those who want you most… Observe: It is not your business to preach so many times, and to take care merely of this or that Society, but to save as many souls as you can; to bring as many sinners as you possibly can to repentance; and, with all your power, to build them up in that holiness, without which they cannot see the Lord.
The commitment described in the Path 1 movement (http://www.path1.org/) Ato start 650 new congregations with 63,000 members by 2012 @ is a goal of great and wonderful beauty. I support it entirely and with my whole heart. I appreciate and honor the leaders who are involved in it and pray and believe that they will be successful.
As a student of the former and a supporter of the latter, I can=t help but believe that the church would be blessed by reuniting together the two systems that allow a two winged church to fly.
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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