by Steve Cordle
Sometimes I am asked “You’re the senior pastor, why do you lead a group?”
Though our church is not as large as some, it is still a challenge to keep up with the demands of 3 campuses and over 1,300 attenders. Though we have several network pastors, I still lead a cell because:
1. It’s a good example.
I can’t call people to be in a group if I’m not, and if I’m in one I may as well lead it! It communicates that groups are where the action is.
2. I love seeing lives change from close-up.
It energizes me to see God working in the lives of people! Last week in our group I saw someone set free from decades long bondage to fear, a single mom experience the support and love of Christ-centered community, and another plan to share the gospel with a friend. Yes, most of my role is about the overall mission of Crossroads and developing others to minister, but why should I let others have all the fun?
3. I get to raise up more leaders.
I get to replicate my leadership, and it helps our church when more leaders are released to serve.
Other senior pastors out there, why do you lead a cell?