Cell Based Ministry Session #2 – Cell Group Basics
From the Outside Looking In
People at my church talked about love, but it was obvious that I did not belong…
If God is love, why are do most Christians on TV seem pissed off?
When I read the Bible, I can relate to who Jesus was and what he taught, but church does not seem to focus on those things.
I hate being preached to. Until you know me and who I really am, do not tell me what you think of what I do. You have not earned that right.
Church seems to be more of a business than a calling to change lives.
Why are there some many big churches and so many homeless people?
These songs suck. My dad’s a drunk and my mom’s a whore, so I’ll pass singing about God’s grace.
Let’s Lay Down Goals Cell groups focus on mentoring at all times Cell groups focus on simple contact tracking Cell groups have leaders who believe that being a disciple is a 24/7 job Organization
Cell groups focus on the core principals of Jesus teachings that are easy to relate to:
God’s unconditional love
The importance of prayer
A sense of calling and service, inviting others to Jesus
The importance of baptism
The need to grow as a family / fellowship
The importance of giving and sacrifice
God Focused and Jesus Based Cell groups prepare for worship to be derailed at any moment Cell groups are scheduled (time and place) based on need Cell groups use themes based on the needs of the group Flexibility Cell groups typically do not have sermons Cell groups focus on listening to everyone’s thoughts and opinions Cell groups understand that ministry is 24/7 Cell groups discuss real issues in a safe way, very few topics are off-limits Deep Investment Cell groups do not own buildings / Do not meet in chuches Cell groups redefine offering Cell groups focus on minimizing costs over “nice to haves” Keep Costs Low
Small Group Activity
Read the Vision Statement
Talk about a time where you truly felt part of a worship experience. What made it an awesome experience?
Talk about someone that has invested in your life
How is a cell group structured?
A cell group usually has the following
Members – those that attend cell group
Leaders / Organizers – those that focus on mentoring the members of the group and coordinating meetings
Sponsor / Mentor – those that focus on mentoring the leaders and ensuring their success
Cellmates – folks from the outside that offer assisstance to make cell group successful
What about growth?
Since there is a large focus on our invitation, cell groups can grow large
Typically cell groups will multiply into 2 groups once they reach a certain number of steady attendees
Usually 12 or 15
Each existing leader will lead one of the groups and choose someone to mentor as their co-leader
The cell sponsor will usually oversee both
Multiplication is Hard!!
Cell groups are a family, and multiplying the groups can seem harsh to those that attend
It’s important for those that attend to understand and buy into the vision of cell group
It’s important to prepare the group in advance
It’s important to find times where the newly formed groups can gather together to reintegrate
What does worship look like?
“ I love cell group!! Because the people there love me unconditionally and value who I am, I am starting to believe that God may as well”
Vision and Calling
Deep caring and communication
Plenty of Open and Safe Sharing
Plenty of Prayer
Relevant theme and use of relevant scriptures
Flexible Flexible Flexible
What about the leader?
The Actual Worship
Responsible for planning
Responsible for communicating
Responsible for leading / mentoring
Responsible for vision
Responsible for coordinating food / location
Outside of Worship
Responsible for investing in their folks
Responsible for responding to ministry opportunities
Responsible for mentoring members
Responsible for maintaining contact information for their folks
Responsible for being a consistent minister
What about the mentor?
Responsible for finding new opportunities to get help from others
Responsible for celebrating existing cellmates
Responsible for holding leaders accountable
Responsible for praising / building leaders up
Responsible for bailing leaders out, when needed (crisis)
Responsible for overall vision
Responsible for looking for new opportunities for growth
What about cellmates?
Cell groups need a lot of things to survive
A place to worship
Additional “as need” items
What about members?
Responsible for coming to cell group and being respectful
Responsible for inviting their friends
Responsible for praying and participating
Responsible for being honest
Note: This is about “them”, so a TON of patience must be shown to newer folks
How important is followup?
The best ministry in cell group happens outside of cell group
Leaders must stay in CONSTANT contact with their folks
Before cell group, call EVERYONE and let them know you hope they can make it
After cell group, contact EVERYONE and thank them for coming or let them know they were missed
At all times, contact people to see how they are doing or to follow up on a concern
Birthdays or special dates should be remembered
Personal visits > Phone Calls > Emails
Facts of Cell Group
Multiplication will happen, but focus on solid ministry and safe environment. Large numbers with bad ministry will result in bad things
Failures will happen. Cell groups will die. Understand that going in. Learn your lessons and try again.
Some cell programs take 3+ years to stabilize
As a leader, your success will lie in your honesty and how “open” of a life you lead
Folks will share their demons when they see their leaders share theirs
Cell group is a concept not a process. Be flexible based on the needs of your folks.