It’s always important to go back to the basics, as Steve mentioned in his blog yesterday. One of the very basic aspects of cell success is spending enough time at it. Let’s face it, we reap what we sow. Paul said, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows” (Galatians 6:7). If we’ve prepared for the lesson, chances are we’ll do a better job leading and people will receive more. If we invite people to the cell, chances are someone will eventually come. If we call the members, chances are the cell will grow in community and cohesiveness. If we spend time preparing the house’s atmosphere (e.g., lighting, chairs, etc.) before the cell starts, chances are people will respond better.
Time spent, in other words, normally equals eventual fruit.
And this is the frustration I expressed on my Wednesday’s blog with one of my leaders. His passion has shifted to his entrepreneurial work load, and he has simply not been giving the time necessary to any of the cell disciplines that make for great cells and cell leadership. And isn’t this one of the great dangers we all face with volunteer leadership in our materialistic culture? In contrast, I look at another cell in our church that is booming. Why? Time spent at praying, evangelizing, fellowshipping, etc.
How can I as the coach help this leader? How can I jump-start his passionlessness? The only remedy I know is fervent, white-hot prayer, and practical suggestions–then following up on those suggestions.