If we may be so bold, we’d like to share the following observations surrounding the process described on the previous page:
- Cell groups were implemented rapidly like a new program, not a new way of life for church members entering into biblical community.
- The implementation plan assumed that the faithful participants in the existing program-based model (lay leadership) would be the best choice for new leadership in cell groups.
- The pastor’s leadership cell did not help the potential leaders experience the kind of personal, life-changing transformation that is required for a permanent lifestyle shift of this magnitude.
- Because life-on-life discipleship is rarely found in the program-based model of the Western church, it was not modeled in the pastor’s leadership cell (and was woefully missing in future groups).Or...
- Discipleship is something that was planned as part of "Phase 2 ... you know, after we get everyone in groups."
The culture in your church must change as potential leaders and most importantly church members are introduced to cell group life. It must transition from the mindset of a consumer to that of a productive, self-feeding believer who has a ministry to other Christians and a mission to reach his or her world for Christ.
Inviting consumers to join cell groups and expecting transformation is as absurd as assuming that parking an economy car in a Ferrari showroom will magically change it into a high performance sports car.
Do these observations reflect the way you have implemented cell groups in the past? If so, Continue Here