by Jeff Tunnell
My wife and I launched a new cell last week and our second meeting is tonight. We invited 5 couples, all of which have young children. 3 1/2 couples came, bringing 3 toddlers as well. Forming began right away as we discussed the logistics of childcare versus a children’s cell group. Should we be praying for a leader of children or simply hire someone to babysit? Could we rotate parents implementing a curriculum for them alongside of ours? Would we have them stay for worship with us, go off to their cell simultaneous to ours, and return at the end to share together what we learned in an intergenerational way? Or were parents looking for a night out with a community of spirituality and support along with a break from parenting?
WOW! We are on our way and while it is not yet clear where it will settle, I feel the STORMING part won’t take long for this group! We’ll pray together for God’s wisdom and direction in all points of FORMING. This group has already expressed a definite desire and focus for evangelism and we have an assistant couple who realize that multiplication is a set goal. They are willing to start a new group within the next few weeks if our gathering of additional couples is successful right away. They would also attend our cell after multiplying, keeping the relationship with this mother cell alive.
Okay, what do you think? Mistakes made? Corrections needed? Kudos for any of this yet? Warnings? Come on pit crew, guide me as I head into the Second Lap!