Jeff Tunnell here, filling in for Joel Comiskey, who is ministering in Uzbekistan.
When coaching with Joel Comiskey he would say â€œthe heroes are pastors who continue to lead their own cell as long as it remains practical” (Forgive me, Joel, if this is not a verbatim recounting, but it is what stuck with me). So, after a break of not leading a cell, so that I could give myself to developing our coaching process, my wife and I will open a new cell this month.
Putting the basic pieces together again will be fun, exciting and no doubt much work: forming, storming, performing, reforming, calling, no shows, being friends of sinners, reaching out to the neighbors, leading someone to faith in Jesus, and starting the discipleship process. All of this will bring us face-to-face with the same issues our leaders experience and produce fresh empathy within us. Our coaching will improve and the weekly celebration messages will once again be complimented with illustrations and stories of cell life that connect with existing leaders (and hopefully inspire new leader multiplications!)
Just to put it out there, we are inviting two couples that we believe will become multiplication leaders within six months. We will continue to meet with them after they launch new cells and maintain the relationship as before in the cell.
In one of the comments last week on the blog on leadership we read, â€œPeople will do what you do not what you say.â€ I think we have dropped a few cells because I was not seen leading the charge. We are about to erase that excuse!
Do you pastors lead your own cells? Have you seen enthusiasm wane when you were not leading by example?