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June 2011 Newsletter


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The Cost of Transitioning

Many pastors view the cell church strategy as a technique or program that can be used for a time and then discontinued. When a pastor hears about cell church, he might give it a test run, while always keeping the options open. In other words, it's a package to be tried, tested, and thrown out, if necessary.

The truth of the matter is that it's better to count the cost before transitioning to the cell church strategy. It takes time to change attitudes and values. Some of the difficulties to overcome are:

  • Steep learning curve: It's not easy for pastors and congregations to prepare lay people to do the work of the ministry and then to coach them to make sure those lay people fulfill their pastoral ministry.
  • Extra work required to train and coach leaders: Cell church demands more training and coaching than traditional ministry. Future leaders do better when they are trained and coached.
  • Misunderstanding from people with other agendas: When a church is moving ahead with a clear vision, there will always be those who attack it.
  • Finding leaders who will be on the same page: It's one thing for the senior leader to be committed, but it's also critical that a team is formed that goes forth together.
  • Losing people: Some churches that transition to cell ministry lose people before they start gaining them back. Pastor Ramon Bustamente (Miami, Florida) and Richard Houle (Quebec, Canada) went through the painful process of losing people after transitioning to the cell vision. But they didn't quit. Today they are testimonies of plowing through to the end and enjoying exciting, vibrant ministries.
    Jesus tells us to count the cost, and this is especially true when transitioning to the cell church vision (Luke 14:28-32).

Rather than another program, cell church is a biblical way of life, and pastors who have successfully planted or transitioned to the cell church strategy have done their homework and are ready to stick with it for the long haul.

This month (June) on the JCG blog, we will be talking about how to successfully transition to the cell church strategy. Six committed cell church leaders will write twenty blogs on the JCG website in June on different aspects of the theme, "How to transition to the cell church." If you haven't signed up to receive the blogs daily in your email inbox, please do so HERE.

In June, we will cover the following themes:

  • Week 1 (June 5-11): The different methods of transitioning to the cell church strategy.
  • Week 2 (June 12-18): The role of the leadership team in transitioning to cell church
  • Week 3 (June 19-25): The place of change dynamics and the importance of giving the transition enough time, along with common errors in making the transition.
  • Week 4 (June 26-July 02): Illustrations of churches who have successful transitioned to the cell church strategy.

We'd love for you to comment about your experiences in transitioning to the cell church strategy. Please do so HERE.

Joel Comiskey