Recently, I received a criticism from a new cell member who didn’t like my style. He felt I was too rigid in the following the 4Ws. I thanked him for his honesty and told him that we had other cell groups with different style and flavors. I told him that he might want to check out one of those cells. He really appreciated the fact that I give liberty to individual cells to develop their own style and personality.
For example, Kirk, one of our cell leaders, has a burden to unite families. He likes the children to be the centerpiece of the cell group and often enhances the lesson with object lessons geared for the entire family. Dave’s cell, on the other hand, has more of a “single” feel becasue Dave himself is single (couples do come to Dave’s cell). And Lucy’s cell is distinct from both Kirk’s and Dave’s. You get the point.
What about quality control? you might ask. Like most cell churches, we do ask everyone to go through the same training, and all leaders do receive regular coaching, We even pass out the same cell lesson each week.
My point is that over time, each cell develops its own personality, and each leader will demonstrte his or her own strengths and weaknesses. I believe this is a very positive thing, and I think we should encouage the uniqueness of each cell.