I’ve spent the last week in Hong Kong at the CCMN conference. CCMN stands for Cell Church Mission Network. Ben Wong, the founder of Shepherd Community Grace Church (a cell church of 1700 members in Hong Kong), sensed God was showing him to freely share resources and seminar speakers with other pastors and churches in Hong Kong. The CCMN network grew to include 100s of churches around the world. These churches and pastors not only shared resources but also trained cell church missionaries to plant cell churches around the world.
At this CCMN conference, there were over 300 leaders from many, many nations. I talked with pastors from India, Pakistan, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Australia, U.S., Brazil, South America, and Russia (and I’m sure I forgot a few!).
The main goal of the conference is not to hear speaker after speaker but to connect with other like-minded pastors who love missions and cell church ministry. This year CCMN tried to be very inclusive to those planting house church networks as well as cell churches. I spoke the first day on planting reproducible churches. I talked about the need to simplify and connect cell churches and house church networks into a united movement of â€œsimpleâ€ churches that multiply. We need both large cell churches (e.g., Elim) and small, simple cell churches (e.g, the majority of churches).
Mario Vega was present for the entire CCMN gathering and spoke about God’s mighty move in El Salvador and around the world. Rodney, a pastor of a small cell church plant in Texas, just happened to be one of Mario’s roommates (everyone stayed in dorm style “bunk-bed” rooms). Rodney commented on how amazing it was to share a room with the lead pastor of the second largest church in the world!
It was great to see large church pastors and small church pastors share the vision of reaching a lost world for Jesus. The theme of CCMN, in fact, is: no glory, no control, and no empires!