In the next few blogs I’d like to take selected quotes from my book Leadership Explosion. The following four paragraphs comes from the introduction:
So often we see the multitude but donâ€™t contemplate their awful state. Jesus did more than analyze the condition of the lost. He had compassion on them because â€œ. . . they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherdâ€ (Mt. 9: 36). Yet, this compassion stirred Christ to exhort his followers to, â€œ. . . Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest fieldâ€ (Mt. 9:36-38). We canâ€™t reap the harvest alone. We need help. This book is about raising up leadership to reap the harvest.
Iâ€™ve researched small groups around the world. Hereâ€™s what Iâ€™ve discovered: Small groups are not the answer. In fact, there is a danger in thinking that small groups are the answer. Small groups come and go; they rise and falter over time. Unless small group members are converted into small group leaders, little long-term fruit remains.
Churches do not reap the harvest because they have small groups. They reap the harvest because they have harvest workers. Churches that have no plan to develop people have by default planned to lose the harvest.
â€œThe growth of the cell movement is based on raising up leaders from within. The highest priority of the cell leader is to identify prospective interns and begin the mentoring process.â€ With this quote, Gwynn Lewis pinpoints the purpose of this book. Cell leaders are not primarily called to form and sustain cell groups; their primary job is to find, train, and release new leadership. Jim Egli expands on this same point: â€œThe cell model is not a small-group strategy; it is a leadership strategy. The focus is not to start home groups but to equip an expanding number of caring leaders. If you succeed at this, your church will flourish.â€
I agree with the above comments today just as much as I did when I wrote them seven years ago. I’ve learned that raising up harvest workers in the WEST is more difficult than in the majority world, but the same principles hold true anywhere in the world. Jesus is looking for harvest workers and cells provide the best atmosphere for leaders to develop and spread their wings.