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Welcome To Cell Group! Eternal Life!
Welcome to cell group! Meeting weekly in each other’s homes, our The message of the gospel of Jesus Christ is not just a message of
aim is to grow in the faith together. The church is God’s family (not a hope for this life, nor is it just a message of hope for a life to come – it
building or an institution), and we come together in our small groups is both! Eternal life begins now, and carries on into eternity. It is a
to experience God, to discover his principles for living, and to help new quality of life, life in God’s kingdom. We cannot expect perfection
each other put them into practice. We also work together to share in this life, but we can see transformation as little by little we are
God’s blessing with others. It is an open community where visitors changed into the image of Christ. A person enters the kingdom by
are always welcome. repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. Please talk to your mentor or
cell leader if you’d like to know more.
Love each other as I have loved you (John 15:12)
God has give us eternal life (1 John 5:11)
The Bigger Picture
The idea of a ‘cell’ is taken from biology. Every living thing is made
up of cells. Each cell is a complete working unit with the capability to In Summary
reproduce itself. Many cells together form a larger unit – an organ or
a body. Cell groups are the smallest reproducible unit of the church; Cell group is church! Together, we form a supportive Christian
a local church brings many cell groups together in a larger, united community that aims to worship God, serve others, grow in godly
body. A cell church grows by creating new groups and, no matter character, and reach out with the good news of Jesus Christ. In short,
how big a church may become, every member remains connected to we want to help each other to love God, love one another, and love
the body through the close personal relationships of their own cell everyone else! This is the kingdom of God; this is “…the life that is
group. Many of the greatest churches in the world today are cell truly life.” (1 Timothy 6:19)
churches – in many different denominations.
Our Vision Please remember to bring along your Bible!
Our dream is to build a church where everyone is welcomed and
valued; where everyone can find a real relationship with God and the
hope of eternal life; where everyone can find friendship, help and Go and make disciples…. (Matthew 28:19)
support amongst God’s family. It is a church where everyone can find
significance through serving others with their gifts; where we
continually encourage each other to grow in Christ-like character;
where we work together to share God’s blessing and message with
We will accomplish our dream by basing our church on a network of
May…God…equip you with everything good for doing his will small groups; by training and supporting ordinary people to become
(Hebrews 13:20-21) effective leaders; by equipping members for life and ministry through
clear Bible teaching applied to daily life; by creating space for
everyone to contribute to the kingdom; and by sending out trained
It is part of our vision to equip all members for life and ministry. We leaders to start new groups and new churches!
believe this aspect of Christian life is so important that it must not be
left to chance, so we have created a systematic basic training
process. Referred to as the “Equipping Track”, it is a system of Our Purpose
simple studies that lay the foundation for effective Christian living.
Each section builds on the previous one and topics include: the Our church exists to accomplish the purposes of God. Both together
gospel message, Christian basics, values, outreach, beliefs, and and as individuals we aim:
leading a cell group. We believe that, just as most people have the To love God and put him first
capability to become parents, so also most believers have the To love one another as members of his family
potential to lead a few others in a small group setting; a kind of To serve others with our gifts
spiritual parenting. To grow in godly character
To help others become disciples of Jesus
Equipping modules are designed to be completed with the help of a
mentor – a more mature believer in your group who will support you
through the Equipping Track. Assigned by your group leader, your Our Group Mission
mentor will give you each study, check completed studies, answer
your questions, and provide general support. Modules can be The mission and goal of each cell group is to create new groups. This
completed on a computer and exchanged by email, or they can be may be accomplished by the group growing larger and dividing, or by
supplied and completed on paper. Occasionally, mentor and student preparing and sending out a core team to start a new group. This
should meet to discuss progress and pray together. goal is supported by our policy of continually developing new leaders.
One further resource linked to the Equipping Track is the Personal
Growth Review. This tool will enable you to assess your current
progress in spiritual and personal growth, and help point the way
forward. Designed to be completed once a year, the Personal Growth Love the Lord your God with all your heart
Review is for your personal use, but your mentor or cell leader will (Mark 12:30)
discuss it with you too.
What Is A Cell Group? Word: A period of 30-40 minutes when we study the Bible, the Word
A cell group is first and foremost a family of Christians, a place to of God. Studies are practical and focus on helping us apply God’s
word to our lives. Remember to bring your own Bible to the meeting if
belong. Just as God intends the natural family to provide a network of
you have one.
supportive relationships, he intends his spiritual family to do the
same. In the group we aim to put our purposes into practice and to The study period includes time to share our needs and concerns and
work together to achieve our mission. pray for each other. This is part of getting to grips with God’s word
and applying it to daily life. But we also want to support one another
In meetings we try to create a safe supportive atmosphere where we
through the general ups and downs of life. This time aims to help us
can all share the reality of our struggles together and support each
grow personally and spiritually as we learn to be honest with one
other. We value openness and honesty, recognising that we are all
another and face up to reality in a safe and supportive atmosphere.
fellow strugglers whom God is re-making in his own perfect image as
we grow little by little. Growing spiritually takes a lifetime! Things Witness/Works: A period of 15-20 minutes when we concentrate on
shared in the group must remain confidential and must not be shared reaching out to those who don’t yet know the Lord Jesus. This may
will anyone outside the group. Everyone has a positive contribution to involve discussing people’s needs, praying for them, planning special
make and we want to encourage this. Having discovered the love of events, socials, practical help or visits.
Christ we desire to share it, therefore reaching out to others will
always be a central focus. Visitors are always welcome!
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people,
Format especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
A cell group consists of between 6 and 12 people meeting weekly,
usually in someone’s home. The normal meeting lasts about 1½
hours and follows the “4 W’s” format. The 4 W’s are: Welcome,
Worship, Word, and Witness/Works (Witness/Works is one section). These basic “ground rules” apply to all groups. Your particular group
may have others especially relevant to your own context.
Welcome: Includes being welcomed into the home, often with light
refreshments. Also, the first part of the meeting, an ‘ice-breaker’. An Respect one another
ice-breaker is usually a simple, non-threatening question that gives Keep confidential information within the group – don’t share it
everyone the opportunity to say something. It helps everyone to feel with anyone outside
comfortable sharing with each other. This section is only brief. Arrive on time for meetings
Be prepared to give as well as receive
Worship: A brief time of worship. May or may not involve singing and
Welcome all visitors
prayer. It reminds us that we are family because we belong to God,
and welcomes his presence into our meeting.