Cell Class - Session #2


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Cell Class - Session #2

  1. 1. Cell Based Ministry Session #2 – Cell Group Basics
  2. 2. From the Outside Looking In <ul><li>People at my church talked about love, but it was obvious that I did not belong… </li></ul><ul><li>If God is love, why are do most Christians on TV seem pissed off? </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Church seems to be more of a business than a calling to change lives. </li></ul><ul><li>Why are there some many big churches and so many homeless people? </li></ul><ul><li>These songs suck. My dad’s a drunk and my mom’s a whore, so I’ll pass singing about God’s grace. </li></ul>
  3. 3. 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 <ul><li>Cell groups focus on the core principals of Jesus teachings that are easy to relate to: </li></ul><ul><li>God’s unconditional love </li></ul><ul><li>The importance of prayer </li></ul><ul><li>A sense of calling and service, inviting others to Jesus </li></ul><ul><li>The importance of baptism </li></ul><ul><li>The need to grow as a family / fellowship </li></ul><ul><li>The importance of giving and sacrifice </li></ul>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
  4. 4. Small Group Activity <ul><li>Read the Vision Statement </li></ul><ul><li>Talk about a time where you truly felt part of a worship experience. What made it an awesome experience? </li></ul><ul><li>Talk about someone that has invested in your life </li></ul>
  5. 5. How is a cell group structured? <ul><li>A cell group usually has the following </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Members – those that attend cell group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leaders / Organizers – those that focus on mentoring the members of the group and coordinating meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sponsor / Mentor – those that focus on mentoring the leaders and ensuring their success </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cellmates – folks from the outside that offer assisstance to make cell group successful </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. What about growth? <ul><li>Since there is a large focus on our invitation, cell groups can grow large </li></ul><ul><li>Typically cell groups will multiply into 2 groups once they reach a certain number of steady attendees </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Usually 12 or 15 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Each existing leader will lead one of the groups and choose someone to mentor as their co-leader </li></ul><ul><li>The cell sponsor will usually oversee both </li></ul>
  7. 7. Multiplication is Hard!! <ul><li>Cell groups are a family, and multiplying the groups can seem harsh to those that attend </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s important for those that attend to understand and buy into the vision of cell group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s important to prepare the group in advance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s important to find times where the newly formed groups can gather together to reintegrate </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. What does worship look like? <ul><li>“ 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” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vision and Calling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deep caring and communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plenty of Open and Safe Sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plenty of Prayer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relevant theme and use of relevant scriptures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flexible Flexible Flexible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Challenging </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. What about the leader? <ul><li>The Actual Worship </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsible for planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsible for communicating </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsible for leading / mentoring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsible for vision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsible for coordinating food / location </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Outside of Worship </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsible for investing in their folks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsible for responding to ministry opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsible for mentoring members </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Misc </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsible for maintaining contact information for their folks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsible for being a consistent minister </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. What about the mentor? <ul><li>Cellmates </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsible for finding new opportunities to get help from others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsible for celebrating existing cellmates </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Leadership Mentoring </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsible for holding leaders accountable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsible for praising / building leaders up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsible for bailing leaders out, when needed (crisis)  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsible for overall vision </li></ul></ul><ul><li>New Opportunities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsible for looking for new opportunities for growth </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. What about cellmates? <ul><li>Cell groups need a lot of things to survive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Food </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A place to worship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Money </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Additional “as need” items </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. What about members? <ul><li>Responsible for coming to cell group and being respectful </li></ul><ul><li>Responsible for inviting their friends </li></ul><ul><li>Responsible for praying and participating </li></ul><ul><li>Responsible for being honest </li></ul><ul><li>Note: This is about “them”, so a TON of patience must be shown to newer folks </li></ul>
  13. 13. How important is followup? <ul><li>The best ministry in cell group happens outside of cell group </li></ul><ul><li>Leaders must stay in CONSTANT contact with their folks </li></ul><ul><li>Before cell group, call EVERYONE and let them know you hope they can make it </li></ul><ul><li>After cell group, contact EVERYONE and thank them for coming or let them know they were missed </li></ul><ul><li>At all times, contact people to see how they are doing or to follow up on a concern </li></ul><ul><li>Birthdays or special dates should be remembered </li></ul><ul><li>Personal visits > Phone Calls > Emails </li></ul>
  14. 14. Facts of Cell Group <ul><li>Multiplication will happen, but focus on solid ministry and safe environment. Large numbers with bad ministry will result in bad things </li></ul><ul><li>Failures will happen. Cell groups will die. Understand that going in. Learn your lessons and try again. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some cell programs take 3+ years to stabilize </li></ul></ul><ul><li>As a leader, your success will lie in your honesty and how “open” of a life you lead </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Folks will share their demons when they see their leaders share theirs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cell group is a concept not a process. Be flexible based on the needs of your folks. </li></ul>