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January 2010 Newsletter

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RELATIONAL DISCIPLE: $7.95
For the next two weeks, JCG is offering the book RELATIONAL DISCIPLE for only $7.95 (normal price is $14.95)

YOU CAN COACH
Our new book, You Can Coach,  is now available for purchase for only $9.95 for this holiday season. Buy now.  The authors are: Joel Comiskey, Sam Scaggs, and Ben Wong (more about authors here). Check out the book's summary and what others are saying about the book.

JCG EVENT SIGN UP NOW-discount ends on January 11
We are dedicating Friday, February 25, 2011 to English speaking pastors and leaders (Saturday will be in Spanish). Type in  the discount code MEMBER (discount ends on January 11) when registering, and you will only pay $59.00.  This gathering is more than a seminar. You will receive coaching, interaction with the JCG team, and pertinent information that will take you to the next level in your cell journey.
These gatherings will be at MCM ELEGANTE-DALLAS ($70.00 per night, which includes breakfast, shuttle, internet, free parking, etc.). This hotel is near the Dallas/Forth Worth airport and Dallas Love Field (Southwest). Click on the web link for details: JCG EVENT.
COMISKEY'S  MINISTRY
January 14-15, 2011: Charlotte, North Carolina. I will be conducting a cell seminar in Spanish at  Iglesia Camino. Contact person: Rusty Price at russsprice@yahoo.com

 January 28-30, 2011: Newark, New Jersey. I will be doing a Spanish cell seminar and preaching in Spanish among Church of God pastors and leaders. Contact person: Byron Straube at byronstraube@yahoo.com

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Cell Church: Reformation or Church Growth?

Is cell church more of a reformation or church growth strategy in western nations, like North America? I'm growing in my conviction that it is a reformation strategy, at least in North America.  The Triune God is challenging our individualism through cell ministry.

Scripture, not culture, must dictate how we live and behave. God loves community and desires His church to live in love and unity. Cells promote this.

My thinking is radically shifting from the question, "How can we make cell church work in North America?"  to  "How can we obey Scripture that tells us to live in community?"  There's a huge difference between the two convictions. One is based on pragmatism, the other on Scripture. 

North American is a nation of rugged individualists that glories in the lone ranger and the person who picks himself up by the bootstraps.

Yet, God is not an individualist. He is a God who lives in perfect unity with the other members of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Jesus demonstrated that unity while on earth, never doing anything that wasn't perfectly pleasing to the Father and Spirit (John 5:19-30). He then told His disciples to walk in that same unity, saying that their best witness to an unbelieving world would be the love they showed one to another (John 17: 6-19).

The early church was born in the upper room of a house while the disciples were in one-accord (Acts 1:13). After the Spirit descended, the disciples broke bread from house to house and came together to hear the apostle's teaching (Acts 2:42-46).

Unity, oneness, and the one-anothers. This is the focus of the New Testament. Yet, this emphasis goes against the grain of individualism, which says,  "I want to do it my way, and I demand my rights." 

Individualists often drift from church to church and prefer anonymity, rather than accountability and commitment. Cell ministry asks people to come together in a group setting, share transparently, live and deal with conflict, love one another, and then to reach out to a world without Jesus.

I believe individualistic cultures need cell ministry more than group-oriented cultures (e.g., Latin America, Asia, etc.), but it does take harder work to make it happen in the western world.  

All that I've written here is expounded in my book, The Relational Disciple (check out this youtube video; I'm excitedly talking about the contents of the book, and you can see it in my hands). Jon Hamilton, who  has read most of my books, said to me, "Joel, The Relational Disciple is your most important book."  I agree. I'm selling this book for 50% off the cover price for these next two weeks because I believe its theme is critical.  

What are your thoughts on cell church as a reformation strategy? If you would like to comment, please do so HERE.
Joel Comiskey