Postmodernism and the cell church


by Steve Cordle

At the JCG Board meeting we spent a little time talking about the implications of postmodernism on North Amercian minstry and on equipping.

Whether we know it or not, the postmodern mindset is influencing the way American people — especially those under 30 years old — think and respond to the Gospel and to the Church. A growing number of younger people, even church leaders, find the traditional church (based largely on modern principles) to be out of sync with them and their worldview.

My point here is not to analyze postmodernism — it’s just this: I believe the cell church is uniquely positioned to connect with the postmodern generations. The emphasis on relationship, organic growth, personal discipleship, and outward service potential — all with the benefit of the connection to a larger Body — combine to make the cell church an effective model of ministry in this changing enironment. 

Recently I have had conversations with numerous young church leaders from various parts of the country who were vaguely dissatisfied with what they perceived as “Church, Inc.” — and were looking into alternate emerging church forms. After some conversation and reading about cell church, they got excited and said, “That’s what I’m looking for!”

We may need to alter some of our training and communication methods as we move into the 21st century, but at its core, the cell church is poised to reach a generation such as this.

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