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Resourcing the Worldwide Cell Church 
August 2013 Newsletter


Comiskey's August Schedule:
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Trip to Israel on July 18- 28, 2014
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Myths and Truths of the Cell Church

The cell church has many trail blazers. Moses followed Jethro'scounsel and blazed a new trail of manageable groups of ten and supervisors of hundreds and thousands (Exodus 18). Jesus demonstrated the power of small group ministry by preparing his twelve in a cell and then sending them out to make new disciples (Matthew 28). The early Church laid down the pattern ofcelebration and cell by meeting in the temple and from house to house (Acts 2:42-46). 

John Wesley pushed the cell movement forward by asking everyone to participate in a cell group as a prerequisite for membership. David Cho is the modern day version of John Wesleyin the promotion of life-giving cell groups. In 1966, Cho launched twenty home cell groups, led by women. From the twenty groups, the church grew to twenty-five thousand cells and two hundred fifty thousand people attending the mother church-easily the largest church in the history of Christianity. Over the years, leaders have built upon the shoulders of these pioneers. 

Most of the modern day cell church movement is dynamic, positive, and applicable. As is true in most endeavors, errors and false assumptions also crop up to destroy an otherwise healthy movement. 

I noticed that sometimes these false concepts caused the church to go astray completely. At other times, they led the pastor and church down a dead-end road of fruitless ministry. Often these errors or myths started with good intentions but grew into legalistic rules. Regardless of how the myths were generated, they had a chilling effect on the church's ministry. As a cell coach, I found myself spending more and more time trying to untangle the myths and half-truths and point the way to balanced, principled-oriented cell-church ministry. 

I then began blogging on what I was seeing and eventually decided to teach the myths-truths in seminars around the world. Pastors and leaders responded with confirmation and appreciation, and I felt like I needed to take the next step and write them down into a book format, so more people could benefit. This book is called Myths and Truths of the Cell Church. 

One of our objectives at JCG is to help people avoid pitfalls and stay on the right path. Our desire is to help others apply biblical, time-tested principles that will guide them into fruitful cell ministry. Whether starting out for the first time in cell ministry or a seasoned veteran, we at JCG desire is to give you the tools to help your ministry stay fresh and fruitful.

In August on the JCG blog, we'll look at some of these myths and then offer the truths associated with them. If you'd like to receive these blogs in your email inbox each day, please sign up HERE. We'll cover: 

  • Week 1 (August 03-9). Myths and Truths of Vision. Pastors and leaders often err in their understanding of the cell church. Some think the cell church is a mega-church strategy, but in reality most cell churches are small. Cell church ministry helps churches of all sizes become more healthy and very few cell churches will ever reach mega-size. In fact, rather than grow one church larger and larger, it's better for cell churches to plant new reproducible cell churches. Another myths is that cell church is a new phenomenon, but the truth is that the cell church strategy has been around for a long, long time. 
  • Week 2 (August 10-17). Model Myths and Truths. So many churches get trapped into following models rather than principles. Principles are adaptable whereas models are bound by context, culture, and denominations. The Bible is the foundation for all enduring principles. Biblical values must always guide us, but we can also study and follow the principles that all cell churches have in common. After following biblical values and cell church principles, some cell churches become exemplary model cell churches in their particular contexts. . 
  • Week 3 (August 18-24). Church Growth Myths and Truths. Many pastors believe that cell church is primarily a church growth strategy. After all, aren't the largest churches in the world also cell churches? The truth is that the only eternal, enduring motivation for implementing cell church ministry is because it's biblical. And we must also remember that only Jesus can grow his church. 
  • Week 4 (August 25-31). Leadership Myths and Truths. Many misconceptions abound about the role of leadership in the cell church. Do all pastors need to lead cell groups? What areas can the pastor effectively delegate? We will explore important truths about the role of leadership in the cell church. 

Share the myth about cell church that you once believed and what is the truth that you've now learned. Feel free to share here. 

Joel Comiskey