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February 2012 Newsletter

JCG NEWS

 New Book Available

  Joel Comiskey's new book, 

Schedule for 2012 

JCG event 2012 

Day with Joel Comiskey, Mario Vega and JCG Team on February 25, 2012. The event will be held in both Spanish and English in Richardson, TX (12 miles outside Dallas).

  
  
Sale on Comiskey books
(prices that are far better than amazon.com by $4.00 to $10.00)

----most books now available as PDF downloads

--How to be a Great Cell Group Coach (8.95, down from 18.95 on amazon) 

---Appointment with the King(8.95)

 --Relational Disciple(10.95) 

--Church that Multiplies(9.95)

--Planting Churches that Reproduce  (8.95)

--You Can Coach (9.95)

--All training track material: 7.45 each or 32.95 for entire set

--All Touch Publicationbooks for 12.95 ($5.00 under amazon.com pricing)    

February Ministry

February 16-20, 2012, I will be ministering in Venezuela. Contact person is Henry Camacho. Also see Video invitation

February 23-25, 2012, We will be in Dallas, Texas for the JCG board meeting and conference. Please contact me if you have any questions. 

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The Goal of Making Disciples

Jesus gave marching orders to his disciples before he ascended into heaven. He told them to go and make new disciples (Matthew 28:18-20). He also gave them the promise that he had all authority and would be with them always (vv. 18,20). 

In my twenty-one years of working in cell church ministry, I've concluded that the essence of cell ministry is to make disciples who make disciples. 

When a person becomes a new believer, he or she learns how to live in community with other believers in the cell. Then he discovers his  gifts and uses them in the cell (priesthood of all believers). Eventually he participates ingroup evangelism. When the group gives birth, he can participate on the new leadership team or lead the group that stays behind. God has ordained small groups to form disciples who continue the process. 

When I'm coaching pastors I encourage them to make an annual goal of new cell groups. Granted, cell multiplication is simply one step in the process. In fact, Mario Vega once said, "Multiplication is the visible sign of discipleship and spiritual health." Even though the goal of new groups is the most concrete, visible one,  it's a really a step in the process of making disciples. 

I'm coaching one church planter who desires to go from one cell to two in 2012. He has a lot of work to do to make this happen. I'm coaching another pastor who envisions growing from his current 340 to 400 cells by the end of 2012. This same pastor didn't multiply any groups in 2011 because he wanted to refine the training track, build up his existing groups, and prepare for the future. Another pastor is set on going from 10 to 12 cells in 2012. 

All three of these pastors are working hard in cellevangelism, training, and coaching. They are simply on different stages in the cell journey. 

Setting goals for new groups is a delicate, painstaking process. A lot depends on the health of the church, how many are in the training track, and the vision of the pastor. Some churches need to first inspire their current cells to reach out and evangelize before they can launch new ones. 

This month, on the  JCG blog  we will be exploring different aspects of goal setting. Experienced cell church pastors will write 20 blogs on the topic of goal setting throughout the month of February. If you'd like to receive these blogs daily via email, please sign up  HERE. We'll cover:

  • Week 1 (February 05-11): setting goals based on making disciples who make disciples. Cell groups are leader breeders. I believe the key goal is to make disciples who make disciples which results in new groups. 
  • Week 2 (February 12-18): how are disciples formed in the cell.  It's not just about forming new groups. The process begins at conversion. Disciples are formed in community, exercising their gifts (priesthood of the believer), group evangelism, and forming part of a new team 
  • Week  3 (February 19-February 25): how does a pastor know how to set a goal of new groups? Various ways include: how  many will graduation from the training track, health of the church, degree of receptivity of culture, whether the church has just gone through a lot of new births (might need more rest), etc..
  • Week 4 (February 26-March 03): the balance between quality and quantity. It's possible to err on one side or the other: too fast or too slow. Some pastors have little vision and allow their groups to stagnate. Others set goals too high and multiply unhealthy groups. 

What is your goal this year? Perhaps, you don't believe in setting goals. Tell us why.  Please comment  HERE.  

 

 Joel Comiskey  

 

 Joel Comiskey