by Jeff Tunnell
This area of Cell-based ministry requires thoughtfulness, diligence and a good system. Frankly, I am looking forward to Michael Soveâ€™s blog this week because as the Cell Pastor at Allen Memorial Baptist he has a good working model of all three of these requirements.
In connecting Celebrations to Cells I believe we need to foster an acute awareness of visitors in our Celebrations. God has led them to join us, whether once or for a few weeks. Jesus states in John 6:44, â€œNo one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.â€ Our theology reminds us that a visitor is not acting alone, but in fact the Father is trying to connect them to His Body. What must we do to accommodate their visit? How will we offer a simple, friendly connection to the family of God? Who will take them into their cell? What must we have prepared in advance to greet them with the love of Jesus? How will we direct them toward a cell group, or its leader, in a beneficial way?
Some of the answers will be in printed material, such as brochures, bulletins, maps, banners, etc. Other answers will only be achieved by mobilizing people to do the work of ministry in each Celebration offered by the cell-based congregation. Developing the â€œacute awarenessâ€ will be the responsibility of leadership within sermons, illustrations, leadership meetings and personal examples. These are my thoughts today, what are yours?
By Michael Sove
I just finished telling my wife, â€œIts not rocket science.â€ Itâ€™s not that complex when I think about the times we were able to multiply our cell and the times we were stuck and not able to multiply. It all comes down to minimizing the hindrances.
#1 Lack of Passion for Unconnected / Unchurched People – Prayer is the foundation for multiplication. Every week we pray over the open chair. We are forever asking God to fill the open chair with people of His choosing. We ask God to give us eyes to see the people He would have us reach out to. Our target is those without Christ as well as those who are in the church but not connected to a cell.
#2 Lack of Vision for Multiplication â€“ From the day you begin your cell you should be talking about the need to grow and multiply so that more people can be reached, discipled and released. Multiplication should not come as a surprise but an expectation. You need to cast vision for the harvest. We must make more room for more people to experience what we have come to love.
#3 Lack of Growth in Numbers â€“ You canâ€™t multiply a cell that has no growth. One of the quickest ways to grow is to continue to invite new people. The core team members and I make it a goal to invite new people weekly. As more and more people are added to the cell there is a sense that something is happening, a built in multiplication expectation.
#4 Lack of Trained Leaders â€“ One of the major hindrances to multiplication is the lack of trained leaders. Just because a cell grows doesnâ€™t mean automatic multiplication. Multiplication depends upon trained leaders who can plant new cells or help you multiply the existing cell. Train all cell members who are willing to be trained.
#5 Lack of Delegation and Using the Gifts of All â€“ Another hindrance to multiplication is thinking everything depends on you and failing to utilize the giftedness of all the members. When you utilize the giftedness of all you are indirectly preparing your cell for multiplication. As people experience the blessing of being released into ministry, more will be willing to be trained and released to cell leadership.
Minimize the hindrances and you will maximize the multiplication opportunities!
What other hindrances to multiplication would you add to the list above?