Worldwide Cell Churches
by Joel Comiskey
I talked with a team of volunteer elders last week who were pastoring a growing cell church plant in Canada. I was very impressed with the life of their cells, the growth of both cell and celebration, and the commitment of the entire church to cell values. And this was all happening without a senior pastor and no one on salary.
Team ministry at the top level is critical for healthy cell church ministry. Even if you only have one cell–like one pastor I’m coaching–you need to think now about forming a team.
The very nature of the Trinity is team ministry. The Trinity is One, yet each person of the Trinity has His distinct function.
The team works as one to oversee the cells and cell leaders
In Exodus 18, God spoke through Jethro to Moses to stop his lone-ranger activity. God directed Moses to form a top level team of seventy elders, which would then direct the leaders of the 1000s, 100s, 50s and 10s.
Team ministry not only helps a pastor to minister more effectively but also prevents the yoke from becoming too heavy.
First and foremost, those on the team, whether volunteer or paid, should exemplify love for God, wife, and family. Second, team members should be totally committed to the cell vision. They should be on the team, in fact, because they’ve clearly demonstrated their commitment to cell leadership, either my leading and multiplying a cell group in the past or currently leading one. Third, their lives should line up with the Biblical requirements listed in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1 (in my book Leadership Explosion, I go into great detail about the Biblical requirements for leadership).
In my church plant here in Moreno Valley, we meet as a team of two couples every Wednesday to pray, nurture the cell ministry, and oversee the church.
When the team comes together, it’s essential to start with a time of ministry (normally led by the lead elder or pastor but not limited to only the lead pastor). I like to start with a time of sharing from Scripture with prayer following.
Next is a time to review the progress of the cell groups. In our weekly Wednesday team meeting, for example, we each have a sheet of paper that tells us:
Unity on the team level is essential. Satan attempts to sow discord among team members .
1. How many cells we’d like to see at the end of the year (our goal)
We then talk about each cell group, allowing team members to share what they know about the cell, the leader, potential problems, praise reports, etc.
After discussing the cells, we cover additional issues in the church, such as celebration service, various ministries, calendar items, etc.
Our weekly team meeting lasts approximately two hours. .
You might do it differently, and that’s fine. The key is to remember that the team guides the cell-driven strategy for the glory of Jesus Christ.