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March 2013 Newsletter

JCG NEWS

Report on "Day with Joel and Mario" in Reseda, CA
-wonderful success with 650 people attending this year's conference in Reseda, CA. We were amazed by the response and will have next year's event on February 22, 2014 at the same church.
-be sure to attend the Richardson, Texas event

2013 JCG Events 

--We will have a second JCG event in the Elim Church in Richardson, Texas (same place as 2012) 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. 

 

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 March schedule:

--March 8-10. Chelsea, Massachusetts. Cell seminar among United Methodists. Contact person: Patricia Peña

2013 Seminar Schedule

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Avoiding Pitfalls in Cell Ministry

I live in the desert, which means the temperatures soar in the summer and drop in the winter. Have you ever attempted to grow grass in the desert and keep it green? It's not easy. 

Often I'm tempted to give up, especially during the summer months when weeds are plentiful. Yet, I find it a challenge year after year to maintain real grass, rather than managing weeds, like so many yards around me. Actually, it's become a spiritual experience for me because I often think of the many cell church applications when I'm spraying weeds, planting new grass, fertilizing, or watering. 

Tending grass is trivial compared to caring for cell leaders or pastoring a church. They are similar, however, in that both require attention, strategizing, and hard work
Many cell churches don't sufficiently care for their cells and cell leaders. The cell leaders are left to fend for themselves and often develop "brown, dry spots." Other cell churches water too much, requiring their leaders to be out every night of the week. Some churches don't fertilize their leaders by not developing their current capabilities nor offering upper level training

In the cell church there are many different types of weeds. To actually see and identify the weeds, a coach must interact with the leader, his or her family, and the cell itself. A coach needs to observe the leader in a variety of circumstances to truly understand what's happening. 

In March on the JCG blog, we'll be exploring how to properly care for cells and cell leaders. We'll look at how to identify cell problems before they destroy cell ministry. Experienced  cell church pastors will write 20 blogs on this topic during the month of March. If you'd like to receive these blogs in your email inbox each day, please sign up HERE. We'll cover:

  • Week 1 (March 03-09) Cell dynamic problems.  Sometimes cells are downright dysfunctional. The cell "weeds" might be a member with emotional problems, a talker, or a demonic home atmosphere. To ignore the present problems will lead to more difficulties. We'll identify various problems and provide biblical insight for how to deal with those issues. 
  • Week 2 (March 10-16) DiscouragementPerhaps the leader or members expected far better results and are now thinking about quitting. Maybe the consistent lack of attendance is breeding deep frustration. Perhaps the leadership team didn't realize that leading the cell would require so much work. We'll look at how coaches, pastors, and leaders can deal with discouragement through vision casting, coaching, and reminding leaders of the proper, biblical motivations. 
  • Week 3 (March 17-23): Lack of leadership knowledge. Sometimes we "think" the leader is trained but in reality the leader doesn't know how to ask questions, get others to talk, or even how to prepare for the cell group lesson. Once the problem is recognized, the coach can offer specific counseling or training to deal with the issue. 
  • Week 4 (March 24-March 30): Personal problems. Sometimes the problem in the group has to do with the leader's family life, problems at home, financial difficulties, or sin issues. Coaches need to hear from God, discover what's really happening, and then take action. Prayer, comfort, and accountability is often the best way to help. When sin is involved, the coach must also consider those who are negatively affected within the group (not only the leader). In some cases, it's best for the leader to step down and deal with his or her sin issues. 
  • Week 5 (March 31-April 06): Burn-out.  Sometimes cells become dysfunctional because the leader (s) is burned out. The leader might have great intentions, but he or she is not living a balanced lifestyle. For example, some leaders fail to take a day off, spend quality time with God, and do not prioritize their families. Their foundation is weak and their barren busyness eventually leads to burnout.   

 

Please share your experiences in dealing with the pitfalls of cell ministry. How did you avoid them and what are you currently doing to walk in victory? Please   comment here. 
  

Joel  Comiskey