by Steve Cordle
As we have said in this weekâ€™s blogs, one of the most important decisions you will make about your cell ministry is what will constitute a cell. That is because what you practice in the cell will shape your peopleâ€™s concept of what it means to follow Jesus.
If the main way we disciple people is through cell group ministry, it is vital that our groups engage people in all the major disciple practices!
For example, if we do not expect our groups to evangelize (or close the groups to new people in order for the members to â€œgrow deeperâ€) then when will the members practice evangelism? By not building evangelism into the cell, we have effectively said to our church that we do not consider evangelism essential to a believerâ€™s life. If it were, how could we possibly meet and not do it?
Further, since Jesusâ€™ mission was â€œto seek and save the lostâ€ (Luke 19:10), how could we disciple people to be like Him without doing evangelism?
Determining what we will call a cell is not merely a philosophical exercise. It will determine the nature of the disciples we produce!