Betting the Farm on Small Groups

The reason for making a move to being a cell church is not that it is easier, but because it will be more effective.

As a pastor, I've helped lead a church through transitioning to a cell church, and am now currently Sr. Pastor of a 13 year old church that has been a cell church almost from its inception. As a result, pastors who are either transitioning their churches or who are exploring the idea often contact me. The one thing I tell them most often is that cells or small groups can NOT be just another in the list of options offered to your people! Cells can't simply line up along side all the other ways for them to choose from as to how the people in your church are going to grow and mature in their walk with Christ.

The reason this is the case is because cells or small groups is an incredibly labor intensive approach! If you as a church are going to do cells right, you need to know how much time, leadership, and energy they require. Small groups are not merely something that runs on its own. This is where pastors often err. Since small groups are decentralizing, they believe that means they can just let things happen. Not so! Cells are a New Testament approach of how to lead the church in such a way that believers are genuinely involved in one another's lives. This involvement results in maturing, spiritual growth, discipleship, evangelism, etc. The reason for making a move to being a cell church (or even a church of small groups) is not that it is easier, but because it will be more effective. In truth is it is NOT easier – Just think of all the times you've done things on your own because you knew it was easier to do it yourself than to explain and train someone else to do it!

When I was leading the church through transition to becoming a cell church we often used the phrase that we were "betting the farm on cells." By this, ...

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