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Description
The Cell Group models views small groups as the basic unit of a church congregation, much like an organic cell is the basic unit of a human body. Thus, small groups are not treated as "one program among many," but are necessary. Four key items make up the DNA of a cell group: worship, edification, relational evangelism, and discipleship. And if operating properly, each cell group will grow and multiply on its own, transferring this DNA from group to group.

Cell groups usually have between 5 and 15 members; they prefer to meet weekly in addition to "doing life together" between gatherings.
Advantages
Advantages

Strength 1: Cell groups are intentional about creating full-bodied disciples of Christ.

Strength 2: Cell groups are a practical and effective way to build a culture of discipleship within a local church.

Strength 3: Cell groups focus on relational evangelism and are a proven way to grow the kingdom of God.

Disadvantages
Disadvantages

Weakness 1: Elevating the importance of small groups beyond other ministries sometimes causes cell groups to withdraw from the rest of the church and become isolated.

Weakness 2: The cell structure lacks flexibility and can be rigid within an overall small-groups ministry.

Weakness 3: The emphasis on evangelism and numerical growth can potentially limit the level of trust and intimacy within a group.

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