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Concentration

I wish you God's best in 2014 and hope and pray that this would be the best year of your life. But I also want to warn you about the many distractions you will face. You will be bombarded by a myriad of good ideas and new techniques. You will be tempted to scatter your energy on many immediate needs, rather than concentrating on your long-term cell-based system. 

Why redouble your focus on cell ministry? First and foremost because cell ministry is biblical. Jesus chose the small group environment to make disciples who make disciples. He sent his own disciples into homes and the early church followed Christ's strategy by changing the world through house to house ministry. The early church also gathered those house churches into larger celebration gatherings.   

The second reason to concentrate is because people can only do a few things well. If you desire people to get involved in cell ministry, you can't expect them to be involved in a wide variety of church activities. Those in cell ministry need time to visit neighbors, attend a cell group, prepare the cell lesson, go to the coaching meeting, and other related activities. To excel in the "one thing," your people need to focus. 

Only you as the lead pastor can stand up and say no to all the well-intentioned programs that arrive at your church door. Are programs bad? No. It's simply a matter of choosing the focus. In fact, the word "no" is a blessed word in cell church ministry. 

Effective cell pastors have learned to delegate. Not all pastors are able to do this. Perhaps they don't know how. Or maybe they don't want to. After all, there's a certain power in being the "go to" person. I personally know some pastors who like to take every counseling appointment that comes through the church. Members begin to expect the pastor to do all the work of the ministry.

The goal of the pastor whose church is based on cells is to equip the members to carry on the work of the church.  When the sheep have a problem, effective cell pastors ask if they have first talked with their cell leader. They refuse to pass over the cell leaders in the process of caring for the sheep.

Moses didn't have to do everything, but he did need to make sure everyone received the proper care. He did need to oversee the ultimate delegation of responsibility. Jethro's advice to Moses freed Moses up from having to stand and listen to the entire nation all day and night. It also helped the people under his care to go away satisfied (Exodus 18:17-27).

This month on the JCG blog, we will be exploring how to concentrate in cell ministry. Experience cell pastors will write twenty 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 05-11). The biblical base for concentration. We see house churches meeting regularly with occasional larger gatherings  house church networks) or meetings during the week and regular larger gatherings of the local church (cell church).  It's important to focus on cell ministry because it's biblical. 
  • Week 2 (January 12-18). The practical side of concentrating on cell ministry. People only have so much time. If we are loading them with a variety of ministries and programs, they will be scattered and won't be able to concentrate on doing the one thing well.
  • Week 3 (January 19-25). Leaning to say no to the many programs and ministries that come along in order to concentrate on cell ministry. Many pastors find this difficult. Saying no is often the difference between good and great cell church pastors. Effective pastors know how to delegate responsibilities to focus on cell ministry. 
  • Week 4 (January  26-February 01). Although, delegation is essential in cell ministry, the pastor can never delegate the cell vision. The pastor should cast the cell vision on a  regular basis so the people know that cell ministry is the base of the church

 

What have you done to focus on cell ministry in 2013? What do you plan on doing to concentrate in 2014? Please feel free to comment HERE. 

 

Joel