Unit 4.11 Fundamental Cell System Principles 9-12


Joel Comiskey identifies sixteen principles “fundamental to developing a strong cell system” (RH 46-56). Chapters in Reap The Harvest expand on each principle. These principles provide a good summary of the second wave of cell innovation.

8. Senior Pastor=s Strong Visionary Leadership. The willingness to fully follow instructions flows from a great respect and willingness to follow that is earned by a strong senior pastor. They dream inspiring visions and clearly communicate them.  AThe active leadership of the head pastor in the direction of the cell ministry is a clear distinguishing mark in the cell church. Cho declares, >The pastor must be the key person involved. Without the pastor, the system will not hold together. It is a system, and a system must have a control point. The controlling factor in home cell groups is the pastor.= … The direction of cell ministry cannot be delegated to someone else@ (RH: 52). The focus of the pastor, therefore, is upon the cell system.

9. Established Leadership Requirements. Requirements control who is allowed to lead; common  requirements are salvation, water baptism, cell attendance, tithing, completion of training and faithful participation in church. Pentecostals normally require Abaptism in the Holy Spirit.@ 

10. Required Leadership Training.

The key theme of the second wave church is that everyone can become a cell leader. Equipping tracks aim to rapidly mature new believers to serve as cell leaders, often within one year. Four aspects of training are common: training to lead a cell, an apprenticeship where training begins within the cell, a Jethro system where leaders are individually mentored and ongoing training on a weekly, bimonthly or monthly basis.

11. Leadership Developed Within the Church. All leadership positions, including the senior pastor, are developed from within; in this way the strengths and weaknesses of a leader are already known before a position is filled.

12. A AJethro Model@ Care Structure. The Jethro model is the advice given to Moses to care for the individual needs of the people of Israel in Exodus 18.

The key is Amoving people into relationship and oversight@ (CC: 24)

NOTE (my response)



RH: Joel Comiskey, Reap the Harvest: How A Small Group System Can Grow Your Church (Houston, TX: Touch Publications, 1999)

CC: Larry Stockstill, The Cell Church: Preparing Your Church for the Coming Harvest (Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1998)

The quote is from Major League Disciple Making: An Overview of the Best Research on the Cell Church, an online course developed for the Institute for Discipleship at www.BeADisciple.com in 2009. Course materials, including these lectures, can be downloaded here: http://www.disciplewalk.com/IFD_MLD_Class_Links.html

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