by Jeff Tunnell
Oh No! My cells are falling apart around me. Leaders do not report regularly, attendance in cells is down, spiritual direction is not cohesive (every man does what is right in his own eyes), Christian events within our town offer short-lived experiences that compete with steady discipleship and community within the body of Christ. New people are not being assimilated into cells, no salvations and only one water baptism this month, ushers donâ€™t â€œushâ€ and deacons donâ€™t â€œdeacâ€, while elders meet and pray (best move yet). Among the congregation vacationing is at the top of the importance list and summer plans are messing with attendance at Celebrations too.
The old confusion sets in upon me; should I be concerned about the ABCs of western church (Attendance, Buildings, Cash) or focus on the health of cells? If leaders canâ€™t (or wonâ€™t) lead, there will be no cells left very soon. Whatâ€™s happening? Am I imploding? Maybe it’s my training track that jumped the tracks? Most of all, what does God want me to do in this situation?
I am probably the only one facing these issues because I am a small cell church, in a tourist town, with a two-man staff, small budget, minimum resources and maybe even a lack of faith. So, reverse blogging is in order todayâ€¦.HELP!
What should I do now?