by Joel Comiskey
I believe the essence of cell ministry is making disciples who make disciples. The cell atmosphere is an incredible way to prepare future disciple makers. Mario has been blogging about the need for leaders to identify new leaders, and this excites me. Cell churches develop equipping tracks to guide the process.
But are we preparing disciples who know how to practice the one-anothers of Scripture? Is it possible to raise up a cell leader who is relationally dysfunctional? As I’ve been writing my new book, The Relational Disciple, I’ve been meditating on the need for future leaders to grow in their relational skills. The phrase “one another” appears 100 times in the New Testament. The majority of the occurrences of the phrase “one another” have to do with relationships between Christians and how to cultivate those relationships. And the writers of the New Testament exhorted believers to grow deeper and deeper in living out Scriptural truth through accountability with one another.
Here are two questions:
1. Is it possible to be a cell leader and at the same time a relational dud? (relationally dysfunctional).
2. How do we assure that future cell leaders (disciple-makers) are relationally well-adjusted and growing in the one-anothers?
All comments about your experience in this area are welcome. I’m also trying to discern how to help future disciples grow to become relational disciples.
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