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February 2013 Newsletter

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Joel Comiskey's new book, Biblical Foundation for the Cell-Based Church, is now available for $10.95 (discount of $4.00) Order Today 

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Comiskey's February schedule:

-February 01-02, 2013. San Diego, California. Spanish cell seminar at Casa de Oracion Iglesia Cristiana (Discipulos de Cristo) Contact person: Rev Xose G. Escamilla

-February 08-12 2013. Puerto de la Cruz, Venezuela at MIVAM (Visión al Mundao).Apostles Guillermo y Gladys Pedrosa.  Contact person:  Henry Camacho 

-February 28-March 02, 2013. Reseda, CA (Los Angeles area). Joel Comiskey Group, Day with Joel and Mario (Spanish and English). Contact person: Jeff Tunnell 

2013 Seminar Schedule

2013 JCG Events 

--We will have our next JCG event on March 02, 2013 at the Elim Church in Reseda, California (greater Los Angeles). Mario Vega and Joel Comiskey will be ministering with simultaneous translation in English. Place it in your calendars now. Register today and get the special deal of 59.00.

--We will have a second JCG event in the Elim Church in Richardson, Texas (same place as last year) on May 18, 2013. Mario Vega and Joel Comiskey will be ministering and English translation will be available. Register now for the special price of 39.00

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Motivating Cell Leaders

What is the proper motivation for cell ministry? Does such a motivation exist? I've noticed that some cell leaders are motivated by fear. They feel compelled to obey the heavy-handed pastor. One superintendent commented about a cell church pastor under his care, "This pastor motivates people through terror," he told me.  Knowing the situation, I had to agree. Yet, will such a motivation stand the test of time? No, in fact, over time, this type of motivation will do more harm than good. 

Other leaders in the cell church are motivated to follow a successful model with the hope of obtaining similar results. Yet, I've noticed that this motivation almost always fails over time because growth doesn't happen through formulas or models--only through God's Spirit working through changed lives.  

God has been showing me more and more that the motivation for doing cell ministry is essential.  I've found myself speaking a lot about the "why" of cell ministry, rather than simply the "how." Perhaps what I'm talking about can be summed up in the title of Simon Sinek's  book, "Start with Why."  Sinek writes about the need to help people understand why they are doing what they do. Having the right motivation guides, inspires, and even sustains the leader over the long-haul. 

If the motivation for doing cell ministry is faulty, leaders become discouraged over time, leave the church, and lose the joy and excitement of leading or supervising cell groups. 

So what are proper motivations for doing cell ministry? Here are a few: theological truth, faithful service, rewards in heaven, establishing God's family, and making disciples who make disciples. 

This month (February) on the JCG blog we'll be exploring these motivations. Experienced cell church pastors will write 20 blogs on godly motivations for doing cell ministry. If you'd like to receive these blogs in your email inbox each day, please sign up HERE. We'll cover:

  • Week 1 (February 03-09) Motivated by the biblical basis for cell ministry. While writing the book, Biblical Foundations for the Cell-Based Church, I was personally motivated to discover what the Bible said about cell-based ministry and whether or not there was a biblical basis for it. I came away completely convinced that cell-based ministry was 100% biblical.  While I agree that the largest churches in the world are cell churches, not all cell churches grow rapidly (and some will even lose people in the beginning). The best way to motivate leaders is to promote the strong biblical under-girdings of cell ministry. 
  • Week 2 (February 10-16): Motivated by faithful service and rewards in heaven.  God rewards people because of their faithful service. We need to motivate our leaders to faithfully invite people, coach leaders, prepare the cell lesson, and build community because this is God's will and God will reward them for their faithfulness. While ministering at the Vine cell church in Brazil, I was encouraged by their emphasis on heavenly rewards. The Vine Church talks a lot about rewards in heaven (or the lack of them) and makes this a strong motivator for cell leadership.  
  • Week 3 (February 17-23): Motivated to establish God's family on the earth.  I believe principal image of the church in Scripture is the family of God. The church as God's family should stir us to establish intimate community and reach out to non-Christians who don't have a family and need to be in community. When we emphasize this truth to our cell leaders and supervisors, they more readily understand why they are doing what they are doing. 
  • Week 4 (February 24-March 02): Motivated to make Disciples who Make Disciples. This was the theme of January's blog, but it's worth re-emphasizing. While the image of family is the main image of the church in Scripture, I believe the purpose of small group ministry is to make disciples who are formed and shaped in a family atmosphere! When cell leaders and supervisors understand they are participating in God's plan to make disciples who make disciples, they become more committed to serving Jesus.   

Why do you believe it is important to start with the proper motivation for doing cell ministry? What have you noticed when leaders don't have the correct motivations? Please  comment here .
  
Joel  Comiskey