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May 2012 Newsletter

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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. 

 

--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. 

 

May-June Ministry  

 

--May 04-06, 2012: Connecticut. Cell seminar at Shekinah Christian Church (Spanish). Contact person: José Lopez 

 

--May 19-20, 2012: Metairie, Louisiana at "Iglesia de Dios Getsemaní " (Spanish). Contact person: Elena Ramirez 

 

--June 4-8, 2012:  Writing Course at Tozer Seminary called "Writing for Publication" (English) Contact person: Leigh Williams

--June 22-24, 2012: Buenos Aires, Argentina. Cell seminar with the Church of God (Spanish). Contact person: Ricardo Castro 

 

 

  

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Children in the Cell Church

Jesus loves children. He said while on earth, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."  When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there" (Matthew 19:14-15). God loves children and prioritizes them. So should we. 

We know that children are the future, and in fact, they won't be children very long. Some will even be our future leaders. U.S. statistics tell us that nearly half of all Americans who accept Jesus Christ as their savior do so before reaching the age of 13 (43%), and that two out of three born again Christians (64%) made that commitment to Christ before their 18th birthday (Barna, 2004). Of course, this may vary throughout the world, but the truth remains: we need to reach the children. 

Cell churches prioritize children both in cell and celebrationI encourage, for example, churches to allow the children to stay in the adult cell for the icebreaker and worship time. During the Word time, the children can leave the adult cell and receive a personalized Bible lesson directed by one of the cell members (if necessary, the members can rotate in teaching this time). It also works to show a Christian video at this time. 

When children are consistently attending the cell group, pray that God provides an adult or teenager who desires to lead a children's cell group. This might be someone from your own adult cell group, or from your church. The children can then meet with their cell leader in a different room of the same house for the entire cell meeting (or at least for the lesson part). This is a normal, permanent children's cell group that promotes a similar cell order-icebreaker, worship, lesson, prayer and outreach. The church should provide material for the children's cell leader and all the support necessary.   

Another option is to hold small groups for children in various neighborhoods around the city. An adult would lead this small group. These afternoon cells are a lot like the small groups of Child Evangelism Fellowship

Children's ministry on Sunday morning is also vital. You might not call it Sunday School, but it's the same idea. Adults receive teaching during the celebration service, so shouldn't the children? Yes, God calls children to celebrate and learn on Sunday. 

This month on the  JCG blog, we will be exploring different aspects of children in the cell church.  Experienced cell church pastors will write 28 blogs on the topic of children in the cell church throughout the month of May. If you'd like to receive these blogs daily via email, please sign up HERE. 
We'll cover:    

  • Week 1 (May 06-12): Biblical Foundations. What is the biblical foundation for focusing on children? Jesus loves the children; the New Testament is a house church book and those house churches were filled with families with children!  
  • Week 2 (May 13-19): The need to reach the children. Parents are the primary disciplers of their children and teens; Christian parents need to take this role seriously, both within the cell and outside it.  Yet, so many children today have non-Christian parents who cannot bring up their children in the way of Christ. Children's cells are a lifeline to those kids who need Jesus. Cell churches reach children in both cell and celebration. 
  • Week 3 (May 20-26): Inter-generational Cells and Cells for Children.  All generations should build each other up. We're talking about living as an extended family (just like the early house churches). It is about putting the singles in families, giving Godly role models like the older women with the younger women.  
  • Week 4: (May 27-June 02) Practical Guidelines for children in cells. We'll talk about tips for children's cells and what others are doing to minister to children in cell groups. We will also look at some pitfalls and how to avoid them.

What do you believe about children in the cell church?Please feel free to comment HERE.

 Joel Comiskey