On 22 September, Pastor Wu Yuzhuang went on mission to two churches in Japan: Fukuoka Harvest Church and Kumamoto Harvest Church. It was a fruitful four-day trip during which the churches learned the Qualities of Leadership and the Cell Group system.
Not only were they taught about the 5Ws (Welcome, Worship, Warmth, Word, Work) of a cell group meeting, a workshop was also conducted where a mock cell group meeting were demonstrated by some of their church members and SOT graduates.
Pastor Yuzhuang also shared from Exodus 17 that in leadership, “it’s not the program but the person.”
“But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.” -Exodus 17:12
Pastor Yuzhuang explained, “Why did Aaron and Hur have to support Moses’ hands? Why couldn’t Aaron raise his own hands while Moses’ take a break? The example aptly describes how the leader plays a key role. It’s not just a system; not everyone can do what Moses did and achieve the same results. The power lies in man, not the method.” With this message, Pastor Yuzhuang emphasized the importance of having strong leaders in the church.
This inspiring message stirred up the hearts of the people — perhaps we will soon see a new generation of leaders in these Japanese churches!