Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Cell Churches

Does anyone else out there in blogland attend a church that uses cell ministry? We have been attending one for almost five years and I have to say that it has been a real blessing to me. I know some people will not agree with me, but everyone has their own opinion. In our church (The Crossing), we have regular church on Sunday morning and night and then meet in same sex cells one time during the week, where we have a lesson and camaraderie with this group. The cells meet in the cell leader's home in most cases, which makes it an ideal situation to invite those that are unsaved, because it is not as intimidating. I have met some very dear friends through the cell ministry and it gives you a group that you can always count on to pray for you and listen to you. In a large church like ours, this can be very important, so that people do not feel left out. What do you think about cell ministry or have you ever heard of it?

Sound off, ladies! Smiles and Loves! Janis


Merrie said...

years ago we were part of a church with cells... they were such a blessing and really meant so much to me. Since we have been in the pastorate, we have tried to start cells, but have not been successful. I have good friends in Valdosta who are cell leaders in their church.
I agree with you about the special bond and ministry that takes place in the cells. It is hard to receive that in the larger churches. It is easy to feel disjointed and not a part in large churches, so cells are wonderful.

Shash said...
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Shash said...

We do something similar but we call it "small groups". We meet as one big family on Sunday morning, Ladies only meet at my house every Tuesday night, back together on Weds for corporate prayer and Friday night is a small groups family-style Bible study. Youth only small groups meet on Thursdays.

Small groups offer a great opportunity for people to get to know one another and where people can ask questions that they couldn't normally do on Sunday mornings. It's more intimate, people tend to open up more and issues get dealt with quicker.

They're not for everyone though, some people just don't like getting noticed. If you start telling people they must participate... things will fall apart. It has to be natural and organic. Not forced.

We tried 'organizing' the small groups, organizing who went where and at whose house and who lead, and it back fired on us. The Holy Spirit wasn't in it - it was us trying to make something that worked somewhere else work in our environment. NOT!


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