by Jeff Tunnell
How many of you have discovered that relationships developed within the Body of Christ are often deeper and more dependable than those of your natural family members who do not know Jesus as Savior? I see those hands lifted up out there!
Staying in touch with the members of your Cell nurtures relationship. Joel has stated often that cells are about what happens BETWEEN cell meetings; drink more coffee! I love that insight. Invest time with those God has given you to care for as an under-shepherd. When modeling Jesus we should include His statement, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” It takes time for your cell members to “know your voice” and this can be accomplished during regular contacts. Trust is built over time, sheep are a little jumpy around strangers, but relaxed around a familiar voice.
How will you make this happen? After all, we are very busy people with many things on our “to do” lists. Is there room to add another activity or function that is not already on the list? What will have to be taken off to accommodate this ministry and the time necessary to fulfill it? Can this occur more naturally and without inconvenience? What are the consequences of not doing this part of cell ministry?
I believe that once you start connecting regularly with those friends God has placed in your life and cell family you’ll become addicted to them and the benefits of friendship in Christ. Other things will naturally drop out of your schedule that are less important and generally not even be missed.
So, who is on your list of contacts and when will you connect with them? A suggestion; pray for them just before you call on them. God will give you leadership insights for the time you spend together.