Major League Disciple Making:
A Guided Tour of the Best Research on the Cell Church (IFD580)
Below are the books discussed and recommended for each week of the class. Internet links are to sites where the books can be purchased. While most are available through Amazon.com, where possible the author=s own online bookstore is specified as a courtesy.
Week 1: Introduction to Discipleship Systems and Cell Church Theory
Miller, Craig Kennet. NextChurch.Now: Creating New Faith Communities. Nashville, TN: Discipleship Resources, 2000.
Ogden, Greg. Transforming Discipleship: Making Disciples A Few At A Time. Downers
Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2003.
Kueker, David O. Diagnosis, Dialogue, and Decision: A Threefold Process of Revitalization For
the Illinois Great Rivers Conference (Pasadena, CA: Doctor of Ministry Project, School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, 2008; available free online at www.disciplewalk.com)
Week 2: The First Wave: Yoido Full Gospel Church
Cho, David Yongii. Successful Home Cell Groups. Gainesville, FL: Bridge-Logos, 1981.
Hurston, Karen. Growing The World’s Largest Church. Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House, 1994.
Out of print: used copies are available through Amazon.com.
Week 3: The First Wave Interpreted Worldwide
Neighbour, Ralph W., Jr. Where Do We Go From Here? A Guidebook For The Cell Group Church. Tenth Anniversary Edition. Houston, TX: Touch Publications, 2000.
Beckham, William A. The Second Reformation: Reshaping The Church For The
Twenty‑First Century. Houston, TX: Touch Publications, 1997.
George, Carl F. Prepare Your Church For The Future. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell, 1991.
Available through Amazon.com.
Week 4: The Second Wave: South American Innovations
Comiskey, Joel. Leadership Explosion. Houston, TX: Touch Publications, 2000.
Comiskey, Joel. Reap The Harvest. Houston, TX: Touch Publications, 1999.
Cordle, Steve. Church In Many Houses: Reaching Your Community Through Cell-Based
Ministry. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2005. (Dr. Steve Cordle is a partner with the Joel Comiskey Group and pastors Crossroads UMC, a growing, cell‑based congregation, in Pittsburgh, PA.)
Week 5: The Third Wave: “Cellish” Churches in the USA
Hybels, Bill. The Seven Step Philosophy. Tape c9002. Barrington, IL: Seeds Tape Ministry, 1999.
Warren, Rick. The Purpose Driven Church. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1995.
Slaughter, Michael. Spiritual Entrepreneurs: Six Principles For Risking Renewal. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1996.
Week 6: The Fourth Wave: Church Multiplication Movements
Cole, Neil. Cultivating A Life For God. Carol Stream, IL: Church Smart Resources,
Garrison, David. Church Planting Movements: How God Is Redeeming A Lost World.
Midlothian, VA: WIGTake Resources, 2004.
Week 7: Methodist Historical DNA and Modern Cell Churches: Is There A Match?
Henderson, D. Michael. John Wesley=s Class Meeting: A Model For Making Disciples. Nappanee, IN: Francis Asbury Press of Evangel Publishing House, 1997.
Week 8: Implications and Applications
(No books suggested.)
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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