Worldwide Cell Churches
Note : The Following notes were initially included in the appendix of Home Cell Explosion. However, the editor decided not to include them. The Multiplication Questionnaire is provided in my book Home Cell Group Explosion, and the questionnaire also appears in my dissertation.
Appendix B: Questionnaire: Cell Multiplication Factors
The primary motivation for this questionnaire was to discover essential variables associated with cell group multiplication. Because the questionnaire was administered specifically to cell leaders, most of the findings relate to leadership patterns.
administering the questionnaires, I obtained permission
from those in authority.
Normally, the cell leaders would fill out the
questionnaires while I was present (e.g., in a cell
leadership training meeting).
[i] I tried to make the anonymity issue very
clear to the respondents, telling them that there
was no place for them to write their name. I urged them to answer the questions as honestly as possible.
I tried to make the questionnaire clear and
easy to follow, knowing the educational level of some
of my respondents.
While they were filling out the questionnaires,
I made myself available to answer their questions.
purposely tried to disguise the dependent variables
(cell multiplication questions) by placing them at
the end of the questionnaire and by not announcing
the importance of these questions.
However, this proved to be a limitation for
First, those respondents who took more time
felt pressured at the end, due to lack of time, and
thus some respondents skipped over the last questions.
[ii] Another reason for the missing data
was that these questions were harder and required
more thinking, and thus some decided to leave them
I were to do it over again, I would explain these
dependent variables more clearly and placed them near
the beginning of the questionnaire.
key questions (dependent variables) are questions
twenty-seven (whether the group had multiplied), twenty-eight
(length of time for a cell to multiply) and twenty-nine
(number of times the cell had multiplied).
All of the other questions (independent variables)
will be analyzed according to their correlation with
these three questions.
I did not consider a correlation significant
unless the probability level was .05 or lower.
DESCRIPTIVE DATA FROM QUESTIONNAIRE
This was a very straightforward question, "Has your group multiplied yet?" There were only two responses, yes or no. Out of the 521 respondents, 398 said yes (sixty-three percent), 193 said no (thirty-seven percent).
next step was to try to determine the significant
patterns related to those who said yes versus those
who said no.
First, there was no significant relation between
country, gender, social class, age, civil status,
education, salvation, number of outside meetings,
gifting, personality, or homogeneity and whether the
leader had multiplied the cell
On the other hand, the statistics did show that there was significant correlation between cell multiplication and the number of assistants in the group, number of visitors in the group, and the cell leader's devotional life, prayer life, visitation, and goal orientation. Table 8 outlines those relationships.
According to these findings, it is imperative that cell leaders prepare themselves spiritually and intellectually, engage in visitation, instill an outreach orientation in the group, and have specific goals for cell multiplication. It is not possible to say that one of these aspects is more important than the other. However, taken together, they provide the cell leader with needed information about how to successfully multiply the group.
This correlation is based on
question twenty-eight which asked the cell leaders
how long it took to multiply their cell group.
There was a significant relationship between
the length of multiplication time and the particular
country, F (4,203) = 4.33, p< .0001.
For example, in Honduras it took an average
of thirty-seven weeks to multiply the group (mean
= 39.5 ±
22.0), whereas in El Salvador it only took an average
of twenty-one (mean = 22.4 ± 26.5) and Colombia only took an average of sixteen
weeks (mean = 18.1 ±
37 adds clarity.
Just as important as what this question did say was
what it did not say.
For example, the statistics showed no correlation
between time that it took to multiply a group and
gender, civil status, age, occupation, personality,
The statistics did indicate that educational levels
were significantly related to multiplication length,
F (4,199) = 3.03, p< .0187. Among the Latin American churches, an elementary educated leader
took forty weeks to multiply his group (mean = 40.3 ±
43.8) versus twenty-two weeks for a high school educated
leader (mean = 22.3 ± 19.0).
The study showed multiplication length was significantly
related to the number of times the group met outside
the normal cell meeting, F (4,197) = 3.58, p<.007.
Those leaders who did not meet with their group
outside the regular meeting took significantly longer
to multiply than those who gathered their group occasionally
for outside activity.
It is interesting that Colombia rated significantly
higher than any of the other countries with regard
to number of outside meetings, F (4, 14.2) = 21.5,
Homogeneity was also significantly related to the
time it took to multiply a cell group, F (4,162) =
7.67 p< .0001.
Those leaders who said that there was a medium
level of homogeneity in the group (mean = 24.4 ±
24.1) took significantly longer to multiply their
group that those who indicated a high level (mean
= 11.0 ±
The study also indicated that newer Christians tended
to multiply their groups faster than those who had
been believers for a longer period, F (4,201) = 1.99,
Those who were believers for more than three
years (mean = 29.3 ±
28.9) took an average of twenty-nine weeks
to multiply the group versus those who were believers
six months (mean = 5.8 ±
2.8) and took an average of only six weeks.
Question twenty-nine asked the cell leaders how many
times that they had multiplied their group since becoming
Thirty-five percent (172) said that they had
not multiplied their group, twenty-eight percent indicated
that the group had multiplied one time (137), fourteen
percent indicated they had multiplied two times (sixty-seven),
eleven percent indicated that had multiplied three
times (fifty-four), while twelve percent (fifty-nine)
said that their group had multiplied four or more
question is important because it goes beyond whether
or not the group had multiplied to determine what
factors were significant for those leaders who continually
multiplied their group.
Table 38 highlights these multiplication factors.
The correlations coincide exactly with what was discovered under question twenty-seven in the following areas: number of assistants, training, devotional life, lesson preparation, contacting members and newcomers, exhorting group to invite friends, number of visitors in the cell group, and goals for cell multiplication. This question did show a positive correlation between salvation and cell multiplication and the number of outside meetings and cell multiplication while question twenty-seven did not.
This statistical study has
demonstrated a consistent statistical relationship
between a cell leader's success in multiplying his
or her group and the time spent in training, devotions,
preparation, and visitation (members and newcomers).
It also clearly showed that the number of assistants,
the goal orientation of the leader, and the number
of visitors that the leader is able to attract to
his cell group, all play a significant role in whether
or not that leader will successfully multiply the
The following statistical comments are based on 521 questionnaires quite equally divided among the seven churches:
RELAX YOU DON'T NEED TO BE A SUPERSTAR
THE LEADER'S IMPACT
The Devotional Life
HIERARCHICAL ANALYSIS FOR
Number of times multiplied?
Visitation of New People
Exhortation In Cell Group To Invite Friends
Growing Cell Groups Consistently Receive Visitors
ANALYSIS FOR REACHING NEW PEOPLE, EXHORTATION, AND
Question 29--Number Of Times
Prayer for Group Members
Pastoring Those In The Group
ANALYSIS BETWEEN CONTACTING, PRAYER, AND SOCIAL MEETINGS
Question 29--Number Of Times
HIERARHICAL FOR ALL SIGNIFICANT VARIABLES
#29 MULTIPLICATION TIMES
[i] The exception was Perú, where the head pastor distributed the questionnaires to those cell leaders who were present at one of the Sunday morning worship services.
[ii] Three hundred thirteen people (seventy-three percent) filled out question twenty-five (length of cell) and 111 did not; 397 people (ninety-three percent) responded to question twenty-seven (multiplication-yes/no) and twenty-seven did not; 336 people (seventy-nine percent) responded to question twenty-eight (length of time for group multiplication) and eighty-eight did not; 356 people (eighty-four percent) responded to question twenty-nine (number of times of multiplication) while sixty-eight did not.