JCG Board (team) Meeting

jcgREDUCEDWe had a great board meeting in Myrtle Beach on Tuesday and Wednesday. Thanks for praying. The JCG group “board” can best be described as a team. We actually like each other. We do ministry together. We work together for the same end–resouring the worldwide cell church. Here’s an example of what happened:


We spent the morning answering the following questions:

-What event/experience/ relationship do you take great joy in since we last met? Please share something that is personal and not related to church life.
-What has been a struggle or burden for you since we last met? Please share something that is personal and not related to church life.
-If you could change one thing about your life right now, then what would it be? Please share something that is personal and not related to church life.
-What was a point of celebration for you in the church where you serve (since we last met)? What failure did you experience in the church where you serve (since we last met)?

Powerful questions that I’d recommend that you use sometime! We shared deeply, prayed, and then went to lunch–Fuddruckers has been our traditional lunch spot for the last four years.

In the evening I reminded everyone that we are a ministry that resources the worldwide cell church through:

o Internet resourcing
 Blogging
 Articles
 Translations
o Coaching and seminars
o Publishing arm

After affirming and discussing our vision, we laid out the talking points for the next day. We went to our rooms to pray, relax, and prepare ourselves for the next day. I loved running on the beach that evening. I ran beyond the second pier to a place in where God’s creation reigned. God always speaks to me there. I wasn’t disappointed.


At 9 a.m. we were ready to roll. We discussed new and better ways to financially support the ministry, day with Joel Comiskey/Mario Vega, a cell church networking group, reaching the post-modern generation, how to fine-tune the  blogging, improving our web presence, and how to better connect with churches not familiar with the cell church movement.

We will fill you in on many more details soon.

With regard to this blog, we will blog Monday-Thursday, leaving the weekend clear. Mario Vega, a JCG board member, has agreed to blog regularly on Thursday. I’ll blog on Monday, Rob Campbell on Tuesday, Steve Cordle on Wednesday, and Mario on Thursday (when Mario can’t do it, I’ll replace him). Jeff Tunnell, a cell church pastor in Big Bear, will pinch hit for us. We’d also like to have more blog interviews with those in the cell battle–like yourselves!

We’re excited how God has raised up JCG and continues to use this ministry. We also expect Him to use us in the future.

Joel Comiskey

p.s.: I’ve combined today’s blog with Monday’s blog.

Please Pray for JCG Team Meeting

PRAYOn February 26-27, the Joel Comiskey Group team meets in Myrtle Beach. Pray for Steve Cordle, Rob Campbell, and Mario VegaCelyce Comiskey and myself as we pray and talk about the future of JCG (Jeff Tunnell will also be present as our special guest).

First and foremost, we’ll be connecting with each other, sharing burdens and concerns, and then casting vision for 2008. We also do a lot of nitty-gritty planning. All that you’ve shared thus far about blogging, learning modes, and future events will be processed.

We will NOT be blogging from Monday to Thursday of next week. On Friday, February 29, 2008, I’ll post another blog, telling you about what happened at the JCG team meeting. Please pray for God’s Spirit to come upon us, so that we might have wisdom to know God’s plan for JCG.



Joel Comiskey

A Day with Joel Comiskey?


Thanks to all who have been offering the great feedback about cell ministry learning and JCG in particular!

Question: if JCG were to offer “A Day with Joel Comiskey” learning event, how interested in attending would you be?Ideas: Attendance would be limited to assure everyone got personal interaction time with Joel. There might be a combination of informal presentations roundtable conversation, and lots of Q & A… the agenda driven largely by those attending. 

What do you think? Suggestions?

We will discuss this idea at the Board meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday, so your input will be valued. 

Steve Cordle

The JCG Blog-How Can We Improve It?

joelRob mentioned our JCG meeting next Tuesday and Wednesday (26-27) in Myrtle Beach (Buddy Lindsay, the tax lawyer who organized JCG, lives inblog Myrtle Beach and owns a Hampton Inn hotel, which he offers for us at super reduced rates).

We spend the morning on Tuesday building our team relationships. Often the icebreaker is to show five significant pictures that summarize our past year and explain why those pictures are so important. We take time to pray and then share lunch together. Tuesday afternoon is brainstorming and vision casting time. On Wedneday we get down to hashing out the particulars for 2008 and beyond. One item we will be covering is this blog. We want to know how we can improve it, what we should be doing differently, etc.

Soooo, let me ask you:

How can we improve this blog? What have you liked and disliked? Should we be more thematic in our approach–that is, cover one topic for the entire week? Or do you like the free-flowing way that we have been running this blog? Who else would you like to hear from on these blogs?

Thanks in advance for your response!


Effective Learning

The Joel Comiskey Group team assembles next week for two days of deliberations.  We would appreciate your prayers.  Further, we are thrilled that Mario Vega, Pastor of Elim Church in San Salvador, El Salvador has joined the team and will be present.  I’ve had the opportunity to visit Mario in San Salvador and I must say I was captivated by his humility.

In preparation for our team gathering, would you give us some insight on the following question?

How do you grow in your knowledge and practice of being a cell church?  If I could ask that question another way, then I would ask:  “What tools enable you to be most effective in your church and/or cell?”

Is it through experience (“the school of hard knocks”)…books…seminars…conferences…dialogue with other cell leaders/pastors…websites…cd or dvd teachings…etc.?

Your feedback would be greatly appreciated.  Please comment.  You need not be wordy (unless you so desire).  A few sentences is super as I know your time is important.

by Rob Campbell