From my last two blogs, you might get the impression that I’m negative toward G12. I’m not. I actually love G12 principles. I even refer to myself as a cell church person fine-tuned by G12 principles. All my seminars and teaching are loaded with G12 principles. Yet, I think it’s best to stay in the cell church camp, while being refined by those principles. Why? Because the cell church movement is broader, allows for more options, and connects a pastor to an exciting worldwide family. So I’m actually excited about the possibilty of people like CÃ©sar Fajardo and Lucho Salas reminding and refreshing us with core G12 principles.
Here are some of the excellent adjustments that the G12 movement has contributed to the cell church:
-viewing everyone as a potential cell leader
-asking the leader of the mother cell to care for/coach the leader of the daughter cell
-developing a clear, dynamic equipping training track that prepared everyone for ministry
-emphasizing encounter-with-God retreats to ensure freedom from sinful strongholds, believing that holiness brings fruit
-prioritizing prayer and spirituality as keys to future growth
Sadly, ICM, began to promote the G12 model as the new revelation of God, asking people to follow it preciselyâ€”to adopt it and not adapt it.
My advice is to take these great G12 principles and use them to fine-tune your cell church ministry.
p.s.: I know that I said on Wednesday’s blog that I’d talk about “the temptation to follow models” today. However, I decided to wait until Monday to cover that topic.