by Michael Sove
To me the biggest problem in transition is helping the people see through a different lens. People have been taught that the answer to every problem is a program. Programs aren’t bad things in and of themselves. The program was initiated to meet a need. But as you know, programs all need a point person, they compete for time in the calendar and dollars in the budget.
So in the midst of transition it is very important to educate people about the change in the operating system. Most of the misunderstandings come from people who see cells as just another program and if cells are just another program why rock the boat.
I liked what Jeff Tunnell said a few days ago about starting with a prototype cell and as a leadership team, really learning the values of a cell based church and beginning to build the infrastructure of equipping and the other components that will prepare future leaders. There is no way around this as there is no instant cell church.
While you are in the prototyping stage, and you are building a base of cells that can reproduce I would use every opportunity to teach and illustrate the values behind what you are doing. I wouldn’t preach a message without bridging it to a value. I’m not talking about filling your sermons with “cell talk” or “cell terminology” but filling them with real stories of life transformation, serving in the community, reaching out as a team, the power of mentoring and on and on I could go.
Cells are not a program shift but a lifestyle change so do all you can to help people see through a new lens. You cannot teach or illustrate enough. Long after you have transitioned, the stories and illustrations will capture people’s hearts and breath life into the cell church strategy.