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January 2013 Newsletter

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Comiskey's January speaking schedule:

-January 13-14, 2013, Miami, Florida. Cell seminar at Seguidores de Cristo. Contact person: Gerson Morey
--January 19-20, 2013: Galveston, TX. Spanish and English cell seminar at New Life Fellowship, pastor David Gomez. Contact person:  David Gomez 
--January 26, 2013: Ridgecrest, CA. Spanish and English seminar at Emmanuel Baptist Church. Contact person:  Hector Molina
--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   

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. Place it in your calendars now. More information coming. 

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Discipleshp

What is the main objective of cell ministry? Or does such an objective even exist? We know that the goal of the Christian life is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever. While this is God's ultimate plan, does he have a particular purpose for the cell-based church? 

I've been wrestling with these questions  a lot for the past twenty-two years. Many have asked me these questions, and they gnaw at me every time I coach a pastor or pastors. In preparation for coaching, I ask myself, "What is my principal objective in helping this pastor?" "Where am I guiding this church?" "What am I trying to do?" 

I've come to the conclusion that the primary goal of cell ministry is to make disciples who make disciples. Christ's last command to his disciples was for them to repeat the process and to reproduce new disciples. But how were they supposed to do that?

We in North America and the Western world in general often project our own cultural bias into Christ's great commission (Matthew 28:18-20). Most discipleship books, in fact, assume that discipleship is an individualistic endeavor--one-on-one or between me and God. And yes, there is an important individual aspect (e.g., personal devotions, etc.). Yet in Matthew 28, Jesus was talking to a group of disciples. He wanted them to follow his example by making disciples in a group.     

The early church followed Christ's pattern by making disciples through the house churches that periodically celebrated together in public worship. The cell church today makes disciples by following the early church pattern of cell and celebration.   

So how does the cell church make disciples? Both the cell and the cell system work together to make this happen. In the cell, a potential disciple is transformed through community, priesthood of all believers, group evangelism, and team multiplication. The cell system ensures each leader has a coach and that training (equipping track) happens. Then the cells gather together to worship and grow through the teaching of God's Word. The goal of the two-wing cell church is to make disciples who make disciples. 

This month on the  JCG blog, we will be exploring how the cell church makes disciples who make disciples. Experienced cell church pastors will write 20 blogs on this topic during the month of January. If you'd like to receive these blogs in your email inbox each day, please sign up HERE. We'll cover:

  • WEEK 1 (January 6-12) -The vision of making disciples through the cell church. What is the goal of the cell church? As mentioned earlier, cell church is primarily a disciple-making strategy. Cell churches make disciples through the cell and the celebration. 
  • WEEK 2 (January 13-19): The biblical base for making disciples. Jesus told us to make disciples, and in fact, Jesus molded twelve disciples and sent them forth from house to house. The early church continued Christ's command. In 2 Timothy 2:1-2, Paul tells Timothy to continue the discipleship process by passing the teaching on to faithful men and women. In the book of Acts, the term "disciple" is replaced by words such as "brothers/sisters," "Christians," "saints," etc. Why the change? Partly because disciple-making in the New Testament is done through the church.  
  • WEEK 3 (January 20-26): Making disciples through the cell. I believe the cell is like the womb. Cells are leader breeders, yet, more correctly we should call them "disciple breeders." In the cell, potential disciples are formed through community (learning how to love one another), priesthood of all believers (learning how to use their gifts and function as the body of Christ), group evangelism (learning how to fish in nets), multiplication (learning how to go forth as teams to start new groups). Discipleship is a group process in the New Testament, and God is calling his church to re-emphasize this truth. 
  • WEEK 4 (January 27-February 02): Making disciples through the cell structure. The beauty of the cell church is that it includes a cell system, rather than promoting independent house churches. The cell system includes: training, coaching, and celebration worship. All three are essential to form disciples. Training is essential because disciples won't learn all they need to learn through osmosis in the cell. Coaching ensures that each leader is cared for and receives shepherding. The celebration service brings the cells together to hear God's Word, worship, and receive fresh vision.  

Do you believe that making disciples is the primary goal of cell-based ministry? Why or why not? Please  comment here.  
  

Joel  Comiskey