Dad aren't you glad we went to our cell group tonight? We got blessed? I like getting blessings over me!
Ten year old Zachary, one of the spiritual "bricks" in our church, said this to his dad after a cell meeting. (Our spiritual bricks are those 9 to 13 year old boys who draw or make airplanes during church and ask when will it be over every five minutes.) I asked Mike, the dad, to describe what happened that night. He said:
The men and women in our cell decided to divide for prayer during cell time. We sent the younger children out for their own children's cell, but we decided to ask the older children to stay with us. Zachary stayed with the men. After several men had requested and received prayers, I asked for prayer for my relationship with Zachary.
At this point , Mike interrupted his description and told me that he and Zach had never connected the way he had envisioned and that he felt like his efforts were failing. He continued:
First several men prayed over Zachary and myself; then there was a pause, a long pause. Then Zachary began to pray … for our relationship, that God would bring us closer together and that we wouldn't argue so much. Then the other men prayed over us again, asking God's blessing over Zach and me. It was the closest moment Zachary and I have ever spent together. I was really touched, but I didn't know how Zach felt until we were driving home.
This story and other experiences like them have prompted me to examine what happens to children when they are involved in this kind of cell life. We know that adults grow spiritually in cells, but how can intergenerational cells provide opportunities for children to grow spiritually? In my church, all cells are intergenerational. Because we have relatively ...