“Groups of 3-15 meeting weekly outside the church building for the purpose of evangelism, community, and spiritual growth with the goal of multiplicationâ€ Cell Group definition given by Joel Comiskey in yesterday’s blog.
The following definitions for Holism and System are from the online Wikipedia:
Holism (from á½…Î»Î¿Ï‚ holos, a Greek word meaning all, whole, entire, total) is the idea that all the properties of a given system (physical, biological, chemical, social, economic, mental, linguistic, etc.) cannot be determined or explained by its component parts alone. Instead, the system as a whole determines in an important way how the parts behave.
System (from Latin systÄ“ma, in turn from Greek ÏƒÏÏƒÏ„Î·Î¼Î± systÄ“ma, “whole compounded of several parts or members, system”, literary “composition”) is a set of interacting or interdependent entities forming an integrated whole.
Most systems share common characteristics, including:
- Systems have structure, defined by parts and their composition;
- Systems have behavior, which involves inputs, processing and outputs of material, energy or information;
- Systems have interconnectivity: the various parts of a system have functional as well as structural relationships between each other.
- Systems have by themselves functions or groups of functions
So what does this mean?
In a Cell group system, the properties (life giving nature) of the cell are more than the sum of its component descriptions:
- Size/Quantity (3-15)
- Regularity (weekly)
- Penetration (outside the church building)
- Spiritual Growth
That is, when all of the above components are present in the cell they produce a greater result/effect than can be predetermined by estimating the sum of the individual componentâ€™s impacts.
When the Body of Christ gathers in cells, He is present in each person and the effect of the gathering will cause an individual to say upon departure: â€œI got more out of that than I can explain!â€, because of the nearly intangible and imperceptible results of the synergy in a holistic cell.
Defining the components carefully provides leadership with the ability to monitor quality, consistency, and overall system health.