by Jon Hamilton
[I, Joel, would like to introduce, Jon Hamilton, our guest blogger and cell champion at Central Assembly in Vero Beach, Florida. I spent several days at Central Assembly a few years ago and was very impressed by the way God used Jon to help design a very effective cell system]
Americans are entrepreneurs.
So when Central Assembly (Vero Beach, FL) began transitioning into a cell model in 2004, we looked for ways to allow leaders to build cell networks that helped them create a spiritual legacy and a pride of ownership. To graduate a disciple from the training track and them remove him from the mentor who raised him up seemed likely to remove a key motivation from cell leaders.
We ultimately found solutions in a model very similar to what Joel Comiskey proposes in his book â€œFrom 12 to 3.â€ To date, our â€œfamily treesâ€ have multiplied 150 cells (some are 4 generations deep) and hundreds of new converts have completed our discipleship track. We bore fruit in motivating new disciple makers and today Central is fully a cell-based church.
Recently we began to notice that communication of important information was becoming less sure the deeper the generations go. Excellent cell leaders who pastor disciples well and repeatedly multiply cells are not always communicating adequately over time as they coach the daughter cells. However, we do not want to remove the entrepreneurial motivation by simply reassigning their disciples.
To help with this, we are launching a â€œcluster coachingâ€ strategy. Within each family tree, specialist coaches will meet regularly with small groups of cell leaders and the leaders they have multiplied. We plan to maintain the pastoral oversight/relationship lines while adding specialized coaching meetings to ensure adequate communication at each level.
Jon Hamilton, cell champion
Lead pastor is Buddy Tipton