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					  Welcome To Our
Cell Training Seminar
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  Welcome To Our
Cell Training Seminar

 Introduction
Sunday
School
  Bible Studies
            Small
           Groups!
      What Is A Cell Group?
"The last thing many believers need today is to go to another
Bible study. They already know far more than they are putting
into practice. What they need are serving experiences in which
they can exercise their spiritual muscles.” – Rick Warren

A Reality cell is a group of 3 to 15 people that meets
weekly outside the church building for the purpose of
evangelism, community and discipleship with the goal
of multiplication.
It’s a community of people who share in the journey of
Christian Life. A Church within a Church. A Family!
It’s The Place Where Ministry Occurs!
A Cell Group is the Body of Christ in it’s smallest form.
   What Is A Cell Group?
Cell Group Ministry is the basic
Model of Discipleship as seen in
the New Testament Church!
Let’s take a look at just a few
verses together
        Acts 8:3
But Saul began to destroy the
church. Going from house to
house, he dragged off men
and women and put them in
prison.
      Acts 20:20

You know that I have not
hesitated to preach anything
that would be helpful to you
but have taught you publicly
and from house to house.
      Acts 5:42
Day after day, in the temple
courts and from house to
house, they never stopped
teaching and proclaiming the
good news that Jesus is the
Christ.
      Acts 16:40
After Paul and Silas came out
of the prison, they went to
Lydia’s house, where they met
with the brothers and
encouraged them.
            Then they left.
 Acts 28:16, 30-31
    16 When we got to Rome, Paul
was allowed to live by himself, with
a soldier to guard him.
     30For two whole years Paul

stayed there in his own rented house
and welcomed all who came to see
him. 31Boldly and without hindrance
he preached the kingdom of God and
taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.
 Colossians 4:15

Give my greetings to the
brothers at Laodicea, and to
Nympha and the church in her
house.
1 Corinthians 16:19

The churches in the province of
Asia send you greetings. Aquila
and Priscilla greet you warmly
in the Lord, and so does the
church that meets at their house.
How is a Cell Church Different from
      a Traditional Church?

 Cell Churches are more efficient than
  Traditional Churches.
 In the traditional church, only 10% to 15% of the
    membership are engaged in the tasks required to
    make the Church function. After the teachers,
    administrators, musicians, etc., have been pulled
    out of the total membership, the rest are expected to
    be faithful members.
 In the Cell Church, EVERYONE is involved in ministry,
   even the Children!!!
 How is a Cell Church Different from
       a Traditional Church?

Every Person Can Participate
1Cor 14:26 “What shall we say, brothers? When
  you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a
  word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an
  interpretation. All of this must be done for the
  strengthening of the Church.”
How can a congregation of 350 to 2000 come
 together and EVERYONE have a psalm, a word or
 instruction, a revelation…? Only In Small Groups!
 How is a Cell Church Different from
       a Traditional Church?

Cell Churches are not limited by the size of
 their buildings.
For some Traditional Churches, the original building is used
  for generations. For others, a spurt of growth requires a
  MASSIVE BUILDING FUND for just a small addition of
  space.
Unfortunately, the success of a church is often measured by
  how packed the worship center is, rather than by the
  number of people whose lives are changed through a
  relationship with Christ.
How is a Cell Church Different from
      a Traditional Church?

More people cared for
More accountability
More people trained for ministry
More people reaching out
More people serving
Less money for buildings
Exponential growth
             What Is Reality?
Reality is a cell-based ministry of First Church of Christ. We seek
  to fulfill the mission of the church by encouraging weekly
  commitment to and involvement in both a cell group and
  celebration.

Mission: First Church of Christ exists to glorify God by leading
  people to know, worship & serve Jesus Christ.

A Reality cell is a group of 3 to 15 people that meets weekly
  outside the church building for the purpose of evangelism,
  community and discipleship with the goal of multiplication.

A celebration is the weekly gathering of the cells for the purpose of
   corporate teaching, praise and worship.
         What Is Reality?
• Reality Ministries was built upon Four Core Values.
   – Worship - members developing their upward relationship
     with God

   – Community - members using their gifts and abilities to serve
     and encourage one another daily through Christ.

   – Outreach - meeting the needs of those outside the Church
     to show God’s love in practical ways.

   – Discipleship -equipping others to make disciples
     (Leadership Development)
                What Is Reality?
The Great Commandment: Matthew 22:37-39
       Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and
  with all your soul and with all your mind.‘ This is the first and
  greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor
  as yourself.’” Love God (Worship) Love People (Community)

The Great Commission : Matthew 28:18-20
       Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and
  on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all
  nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and
  of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have
  commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of
  the age."
 Share the Gospel (Outreach) Make Disciples (Discipleship)
COMMUNITY IN
  CELL LIFE
   COMMUNITY IN
     CELL LIFE
• What does a Cell Group Look Like?
                    Acts 2:42-47
            They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching
Community
            and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread
            and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and
            many wonders and miraculous signs were done
            by the apostles. All the believers were together
            and had everything in common. Selling their
            possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he
            had need. Every day they continued to meet
            together in the temple courts. They broke bread
            in their homes and ate together with glad and
            sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the
            favor of all the people. And the Lord added to
            their number daily those who were being saved.
       COMMUNITY IN
         CELL LIFE
• Many Bible Study and Small Groups have
  great meetings, but the life of the group stops
  when the meeting is over.They stop just after
  they get started! They are missing out on life
  together!
• The New Testament commands us to Interact
  with one another as the body of Christ.
• The Family of God provides a solid metaphor
  for Body Life.
       COMMUNITY IN
         CELL LIFE
•Families never stop being family.
•Family members spend time together as they
“rub shoulders.” This means they get
frustrated with one another.
•They work out their differences. They accept
one another. They serve one another for the
benefit of the whole family!
•We do not have time to be the family of God if
we are limited to a weekly meeting.
       COMMUNITY IN
         CELL LIFE
The Two Parts of a Cell Group
The Part      The Meeting        Outside the Meeting
                                 6 days and 22
Time          2 hours
                                 hours (166 hours)

Place         Home               Everywhere


Method        Discussion Agenda Personal Interaction


Requirement   Attendance         Love
      COMMUNITY IN
        CELL LIFE
 Importance of the Weekly Meeting

It is a catalyst for Body Life
•The Meeting gets Body Life going! Without a
weekly meeting, people will not interact with
one another. The meeting starts the process
and gets people used to being around one
another.
      COMMUNITY IN
        CELL LIFE
 Importance of the Weekly Meeting
It provides a time for sharing
about life outside the meeting.
•God is at work in the lives of the cell
members. The cell meeting is a great time to
share what God is doing, the struggles of the
week, future plans, etc.
      COMMUNITY IN
        CELL LIFE
 Importance of the Weekly Meeting

It connects people who are
unconnected in Body Life.
•People do not need more meetings in their
lives! They Need Relationships!
•The Cell Meeting serves as an entry point for
new people to get connected relationally.
     COMMUNITY IN
       CELL LIFE
 Importance of the Weekly Meeting

It provides a place to celebrate
what God is doing in the Group.
•As the group interacts with one another
outside the meeting, the meeting will become
a place where members report on what God is
doing, share how God is using them, and
celebrate these victories together.
      COMMUNITY IN
        CELL LIFE
 Importance of the Weekly Meeting

The Meeting IS NOT:
•The meeting cannot be the place where “ALL”
the ministry happens or the place where “ALL”
the needs are met.
•When groups operate this way, meetings tend
to last three and four hours. Eventually people
will stop coming!
      COMMUNITY IN
        CELL LIFE
Community outside of the Weekly Meeting
             (Social Activities!)



 Go See A                           Shoot Some
Red’s Game                            Hoops!


                 See a Movie
                  Together
         COMMUNITY IN
           CELL LIFE
  Community outside of the Weekly Meeting
Serving Each Other! Perhaps a fellow Cell Member is Moving!
           COMMUNITY IN
             CELL LIFE
 Community outside of the Weekly Meeting


In the Cell Church model, a Cell is understood as a Basic Christian
Community. Any other groups that exist in a Cell Church would be a sub-
group of a Cell group or sub group of multiple cells. These sub-groups do
not exist independent of the Cell or Cells.
The Cell is the basic building block for the Cell Church Model. It embodies
the essence of all that the Bible says about “Church.” Here people live in
community and accountability with one another. In the Cell Group, the
presence, power, and purpose of Christ is experienced. It is here, in the
cell, that the saints are equipped for the work of the ministry. Periodically,
all these Cell groups join together for times of large group meetings and
celebration, but the focus and life of the Cell Church is in its Cells.
           COMMUNITY IN
             CELL LIFE
 Community outside of the Weekly Meeting


The Cell group meeting is the most critical church meeting for a Christian
in the Cell Church Model. The Cell is the fountain from which every value
of the Christian’s life and every function of the church will find its source.
Every member is a member of a Cell Group. While members may be
involved in other groups (focus groups/discipleship groups/ministry teams)
as well, this involvement never replaces their commitment to and
involvement in the primary group, the Cell.
There is a need for at least three types of “sub-groups” to be promoted
within the cell structure of Reality Ministries, Focus Groups, Discipleship
Groups, and Ministry Teams. I will attempt to define quickly the purpose of
each of these three groups.
           COMMUNITY IN
             CELL LIFE
  Community outside of the Weekly Meeting

What is a Focus Group?
A Focus Group is a group that is started by a member or members of a
cell or a group of cells. The purpose of this type of group is two-fold.
First and foremost, this group should be evangelistic in nature, meaning
that this group is not only open to non-churched, non-Christian people, but
the members of this type of group are ENCOURAGED to reach out to
those type of people to BRING THEM IN to the group for the purpose of
building trusting relationships with its members. The primary purpose of a
focus group is to have this group be a “first step” toward involvement in a
cell group.
           COMMUNITY IN
             CELL LIFE
  Community outside of the Weekly Meeting

What is a Focus Group?
A Focus Group is a group that is started by a member or members of a
cell or a group of cells. The purpose of this type of group is two-fold.
The second purpose of a focus group is to help edify and build up the cell
members and other participants, through relational community. This helps
cell members to be a part of each others lives not only on a spiritual level,
but also a very social level. It also encourages cell members to remember
our goal is to reach out and build relationships with non-believers.
Hebrews 3:12-14 (Encourage One Another Daily)
           COMMUNITY IN
             CELL LIFE
  Community outside of the Weekly Meeting

What is a Focus Group?
A Focus Group will revolve around a shared interest of some sort. It could
be a started by a group of folks who enjoy mountain biking, fantasy sports,
camping, crafts, cake decorating, even blogging, etc. The goal is to help
people who share similar interests to get together to build and strengthen
relationships around the shared interest and to find non-Christians who
also share that same interest for the purpose of inviting them with the goal
of getting them plugged into a cell group and ultimately into a saving
relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
           COMMUNITY IN
             CELL LIFE
  Community outside of the Weekly Meeting

What is a Focus Group?
In a Focus Group, we do not emphasize multiplication. In fact a focus
group could end up having as many as 200 members, but could start out
with as little as two members. A focus group could decide to multiply into
two separate groups that revolve around the same interest if a larger
group is not advantageous to that group’s interest. So while focus groups
can multiply, the point is that there is no EMPHASIS on multiplication, the
EMPHASIS is on EVANGELISM & Laid back social interaction.
           COMMUNITY IN
             CELL LIFE
  Community outside of the Weekly Meeting

What is a Discipleship Group?
Just like a focus group, a Discipleship Group can be started by a
member or members of a cell or a group of cells. A Discipleship
Group is different from a Focus Group in that the emphasis is NOT
placed on inviting non-believers directly into the group as their first
experience with the body of believers. Instead, the emphasis of a
Discipleship Group is a deeper level of accountability and spiritual
growth. Our cell meetings are designed to be an atmosphere where
all who attend, including non-believers, can experience the
Closeness of Christ. As one matures in their faith, a desire to move
into a deeper understanding of who God is comes about.
           COMMUNITY IN
             CELL LIFE
  Community outside of the Weekly Meeting

What is a Discipleship Group?
One of the number one requests that I have had from cell members over the
past several years is that they wished that our cell lessons were “More Intense”
studies of the scripture. It has been amazing to see some reactions when I’ve
shared with those who request this, that the cell meeting is not necessarily the
best place for such intense study. The purpose of the cell lesson within our cell
meeting is to facilitate discussion, to move people toward more transparent
communication (getting real with one another), to get people to focus on God’s
Word and to see how it relates to our daily lives. The desire is that this lesson
will always be at a level that will provoke good communication from a group of
mature believers. However, at the same time, the study must always be at a level
where a non-Christian within our meetings can participate in the discussion,
even visiting for the very first time.
            COMMUNITY IN
              CELL LIFE
  Community outside of the Weekly Meeting

What is a Discipleship Group?
So where does one turn to experience a deeper level of accountability and a
study of God’s Word or principles? This is where the Discipleship Group comes
into play. It’s a group of folks who might get together for eight weeks to study a
book of the Bible. Perhaps a group of men will get together to discuss a book
written on men’s topics. The same can be true of women getting together to
study a book written on women’s topics. Perhaps a group of parents will get
together for several weeks to study and discuss biblical parenting. The
possibilities are great.
            COMMUNITY IN
              CELL LIFE
  Community outside of the Weekly Meeting

What is a Ministry Team?
A ministry team is also a sub-group of cells. It’s a group of people from a
cell, or various cells, who choose to integrate their gifts and talents to
perform ministry tasks within the church. An example of this might be a
celebration set up team who helps set up everything for a Reality
Celebration service.
The effective use and administration of ministry teams will greatly increase
the return on our ministry efforts as people will more effectively function in
areas of ministry where their gifts and talents can be best utilized. This is a
preferable way to plug people into ministry rather than having cell groups
placed on a rotation schedule to perform these tasks.
       COMMUNITY IN
         CELL LIFE
 Community outside of the Weekly Meeting


The ultimate goal is to add these groups to our
“Cell STRUCTURE” to make sure that these
groups continue to support the work of the Cells
within the Church and to help avoid them from
distracting anyone from involvement within a cell.
These sub-groups should not exist independent
of the Cell or Cells!
       COMMUNITY IN
         CELL LIFE
 Community outside of the Weekly Meeting

•Eventually, 80% of your interaction with those
in your cell group will occur outside of your
weekly Cell Group Meeting. (8 Hours)
•Cell Groups provide an atmosphere where a
complete stranger today will seem like your
closest family member in a very short span of
time.
Experiencing Jesus In Your Meeting
 We’ve Already Discussed the Following in
      Regards to a Cell Group Meeting
  It is a catalyst for Body Life
  It provides a time for sharing about life
  outside the meeting.
  It connects people who are
  unconnected in Body Life.
  It provides a place to celebrate what
  God is doing in the Group.
So What does a Cell Meeting look like?
Experiencing Jesus In Your Meeting
So What does a Cell Meeting look like?
  A cell group meeting is a bit like the
  gathering of a large family.

  Like a family gathering, a cell group
  gathering is flexible. It's not always the
  same.

  While each Cell Meeting is flexible, there
  are few common agenda items that will
  be a part of most meetings.
Experiencing Jesus In Your Meeting
        Typical Cell Group Meeting Agenda
                          Food & Fellowship
                               (10-15 Minutes)
This is a time for people to wind down from a long day. A time to just sit
   back and relax while talking about your day or week. Very informal
   setting.

                 Announcements & Vision Casting
                              (About 10 Minutes)
This is a time to get everyone on the same page. To discuss future
   meeting locations, future events such as Serve Fest, Guys Night Out,
   Ladies Night, or any other Church Related events.

                                 Worship
                              (About 10 Minutes)
This is time for us to Praise God for all that He has done for us. This can
   be done by singing along with a Guitar or Worship CD, or it can be done
   by reading Scriptures that lift up and Exalt God, or it can be done by
   speaking your own words of worship, Praising God for what he has
   done for you!
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        Typical Cell Group Meeting Agenda
                      Prayer (Outreach Focused)
                             (About 10 Minutes)
This time of prayer is for those in our families or in our community that
   need prayer. This is where people can pray for a co-worker or a
   neighbor who needs salvation. This is also a time to pray for the needs
   of our families and for those who are on our invite list.

                           Bible Discussion
                             (About 45 Minutes)
This is where we dig into God’s Word. This is where we seek God’s Will
   for our lives. This is where we discuss how the Scriptures relate to our
   daily lives.

        Application Time (Accountability Focused Prayer)
                             (About 30 Minutes)
This is a time for us to take God’s word and discuss, “What is the state of
   your life regarding this issue?” This is where we make a commitment to
   apply God’s Word to our lives in a practical way. This is where Biblical
   Accountability Begins!
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           Discussion

  Good Communication
      is Key to a
    Successful Cell
     Group Meeting
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                Discussion
  The Formula for the Lines of communication will
demonstrate why a cell group should not grow
beyond 15 or so members.
              N x N - N = CL
      (the N umber of people) multiplied by
          (the N umber of people) minus
        (the N umber of people) equals the
     total number of (Communication Lines)
             in a given group of people
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              Discussion
           For Example:
     2x2-2=2

                          3x3-3=6




                 90
  10 x 10 - 10 = ___                  ___
                       15 x 15 - 15 = 210
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           Discussion




      WHAT’S WRONG HERE?
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           Discussion




        WHAT’S Right HERE?
Experiencing Jesus In Your Meeting
  Five Levels of Communication
   1. Surface Communication
       Talk About The Weather, Sports, Current
            Events, Church Activities, etc.
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  Five Levels of Communication
   1. Surface Communication
   2. Factual Communication
       Reports Observable ideas or facts. For
       example, what someone did at work
       during the week! Or where someone
       went on vacation!
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  Five Levels of Communication
   1. Surface Communication
   2. Factual Communication
   3. Thought-Provoking Communication
       When a person reveals what he or she
       thinks or believes about something.
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  Five Levels of Communication
   1.   Surface Communication
   2.   Factual Communication
   3.   Thought-Provoking Communication
   4.   Emotive Communication
          When a person reveals how he or she
          feels about something. For example, “I
          feel guilty about missing the cell
          meeting last week.”
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  Five Levels of Communication
   1.   Surface Communication
   2.   Factual Communication
   3.   Thought-Provoking Communication
   4.   Emotive Communication
   5.   Transparent Communication
          When people open themselves up to
          share their deepest fears, dreams, and
          thoughts. You might see this when
          someone confesses a hidden sin.
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   Transparency: The First Door
   • Transparency happens when people
     take off their masks and let others see
     who they are.
     Most People put up guards to protect themselves from others.
       They will only let people see what they want them to see.
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   Transparency: The First Door
   • Transparency happens when people
     take off their masks and let others see
     who they are.
   • Transparency requires honesty.

       Relationships are built upon honesty. Cell Groups are
      dependant upon relationships. Cell Groups must create
      an environment where people can be honest even if it is
                not pretty, nice, or even “Christian.”
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   Transparency: The First Door
   • Transparency happens when people
     take off their masks and let others see
     who they are.
   • Transparency requires honesty.
   • It is very difficult for a cell group meeting
     to continue over the long term, if group
     members are not willing to become
     transparent.
   Cell Groups without transparency are boring. They are like a
   garden that never gets tilled. Weeds sprout but they are ignored.
   Many act as if what is not discussed does not exist!
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  Vulnerability: The Second Door
   • Transparency leads to vulnerability.

  Vulnerability happens when one person allows another
  to speak into their life. Many times people want to
  divulge issues in their lives, but they don’t want people
  to do anything about it. When a person walks through
  the door of vulnerability, they give permission to others
  to influence their life!
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     Creating an Environment for
     Transparent Communication
• Model openness and trust.
Story: There was a cell leader who modeled transparency with
her group for months, but no one else would share. She called
her pastor and told him she would no longer risk her heart if
others were not going to take the risk. They prayed together for
a breakthrough. That night, a man who had contracted HIV
during his former lifestyle revealed his condition to the group.
Up to that point, no one in the church knew of his ailment. The
group surrounded him and prayed for him over tears and hugs.
       Two ladies were visiting that night for the very first time.
One stood up and said, “This is crazy.” And she left. The other
began to cry and share how she had been abused as a child.
Through more tears, prayers, and hugs, this woman received
Christ as her Savior and experienced a lot of healing for the first
time!
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    Creating an Environment for
    Transparent Communication
• Model openness and trust.
• Don’t fall into the perfection trap.
  Cell group leaders are not perfect! Don’t be afraid to let
  people know this!
  If your cell members believe that you are perfect, they
  will never step up to the call of leadership as they will
  feel that it is required that they be “perfect” like you
  before they can become leaders themselves.
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    Creating an Environment for
    Transparent Communication
• Model openness and trust.
• Don’t fall into the perfection trap.
• Be honest when you need prayer.
   When hurting, exhausted, or struggling, cell leaders
   should feel confident in asking their group members to
   pray for them. (With Discernment & Balance)
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      Creating an Environment for
      Transparent Communication
•   Model openness and trust.
•   Don’t fall into the perfection trap.
•   Be honest when you need prayer.
•   Ask for help from group members.
     Don’t equate cell leadership with doing everything
     yourself. If you do, YOU WILL GET BURNED OUT!
     Delegate tasks to others. Most want to contribute to
     the group. This increases ownership as people
     contribute to the success of the group.
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      Creating an Environment for
      Transparent Communication
•   Model openness and trust.
•   Don’t fall into the perfection trap.
•   Be honest when you need prayer.
•   Ask for help from group members.
•   Deal with hidden sin in your life.
    When a leader starts leading a cell group, Satan will start to areas
    that affect purity, integrity, and character to tear down his or her
    ministry and the entire cell group system. Don’t let these things
    take hold of your life, get with your Pastor or Accountability
    Partner Immediately!
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        Creating an Environment for
        Transparent Communication
•   Model openness and trust.
•   Don’t fall into the perfection trap.
•   Be honest when you need prayer.
•   Ask for help from group members.
•   Deal with hidden sin in your life.
•   Don’t hesitate to receive affirmation.
    True humility receives positive feedback along with constructive
    feedback. Statements like, “I take no credit,” or “It’s All God and I
    am only a vessel,” are often signs of false humility and create an
    environment where people cannot encourage one another.
    A simple “Thank You” is often the best response.
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    Creating an Environment for
    Transparent Communication
• Give permission for group members to
  reveal their struggles.
 It may seem trivial, but giving group members
 permission to reveal their struggles is important for cell
 leaders to do. It may even need to be done regularly
 until people begin to share openly.
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    Creating an Environment for
    Transparent Communication
• Give permission for group members to
  reveal their struggles.
• Affirm those who share their struggles.
           “I’m really glad that you shared that.”
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    Creating an Environment for
    Transparent Communication
• Give permission for group members to
  reveal their struggles.
• Affirm those who share their struggles.
• Lead the group to commit to
  confidentiality.
  If people feel that what is being shared will be shared
  elsewhere in the church, they will never share again.
  Leaders need to offer reminders of the need for
  confidentiality from time to time.
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      Creating an Environment for
      Transparent Communication
• Give permission for group members to
  reveal their struggles.
• Affirm those who share their struggles.
• Lead the group to commit to
  confidentiality.
• Don’t give or allow others to give “pat”
  answers to problems.
  This is common in groups. People want to help, but they don’t know how.
  So they give easy answers. When this happens, something like this can
  be said. “Thanks for your input, Jamie, I hear that you are really
  struggling. Can we pray and see what the Lord wants to do in your life?”
  This shifts the emphasis off the advice and puts it on the Lord.
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          The Goal is not Transparency!
           The Goal is not Vulnerability!

     The Goal is Transformation!
 Transformation is the result of God’s movement
 as he leads people to edify one another and
 pray for one another so that people are healed.
 This is the Promise of James 5:16…
        “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for
 each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a
 righteous man is powerful and effective.“
  Transparency + Vulnerability + Edification = Transformation
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  A cell group Meeting is more than
    just another MEETING. It’s all about
    forming RELATIONSHIPS.
  The real power of the cell group
   gathering is that Jesus SHOWS UP!
  The purpose of the cell meeting is to
   reveal God’s CLOSENESS.
        To Experience Jesus!
EVANGELISM
    AS A
 LIFESTYLE
Evangelism Myths

       Myths
      Realities
    Implications
 Myth #1-Relationship

Myth: Evangelism Means Reaching
 Strangers.
Reality : Most People are Reached
 by Friends.
Implication: Cell Members Will
 Focus their Love and Prayer on
 those Close to Them.
 Myth #2-Evangelist

Myth: Most People are Reached by
 Professional Preachers.
Reality : Most People are Reached
 by Ordinary Christians.
Implication: We Will Equip
 Everyone to Share Christ in Word
 and Deed.
 Myth #3-Conversion

Myth: Conversion is Normally
 Instantaneous.
Reality : Conversion is Usually a
 Process.
Implication: We will Provide
 Multiple Opportunities for People
 to Hear the Gospel.
 Myth #4-Influence
Myth: Evangelism Means Just
 Saying the Right Words.
Reality : People are Won to Christ
 through Active Love and Words.
Implication: We will Encourage Cell
 Members to Look for Felt Needs
 and Express Christ’s Love in
 Action and Words.
  EVANGELISM AS A LIFESTYLE

Matthew 9:36-38
      When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on
them, because they were harassed and helpless, like
sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples,
"The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the
Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into
his harvest field."

  Cell Group Outreach Mission…
EVANGELISM AS A LIFESTYLE

Cell Group Outreach Mission…
 A. SEEK the LOST.

 B. CARE for them when we find them.

 C. Equip others to do THE SAME
 THING.
EVANGELISM AS A LIFESTYLE

      Implementing Effective
      Outreach as a Cell Group
A. MODEL IT. The other cell members
   must see you reaching out to
   understand!
B. Remind members to EXTEND their
   circle of non-saved friends.
C. Make a Cell Group PRAYER LIST having
   each member name two non-saved
   friends.
 EVANGELISM AS A LIFESTYLE

       Implementing Effective
       Outreach as a Cell Group
D. Encourage each person to listen to the
HOLY SPIRIT.
E. Use TEAMWORK (Focus Groups & Events)
F. Ask and pray with other Cell members
about their call to outreach.
 WHAT’S A CELL
LEADER ANYWAY?
    What Is a Cell Leader?

A Cell Leader is NOT a Hired Hand!

A Cell Leader is NOT someone who leads
  a meeting once a week.

A Cell Leader IS someone who has been
  trained in the Cell Vision and has a
  passion to encourage others to use their
  gifts and talents for the benefit of the
  Church.
       Requirements of a Reality Cell Leader
A person who has been “saved” by Accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior

A person who has professed their faith through Baptism

A person who is willing to make Daily Time Alone with God a priority

A person who has made a commitment to prayer and to God’s Word

A person who gives cheerfully, sacrificially, and regularly to the Ministry of the Church.

A person who understands and accepts the Vision that Reality has for Cell Group Ministry
         Must experience Cell Training such as this.
         Must be a member of First Church.
         Attends a Weekly First Church Worship Service.

A person who is Committed to Investing in the lives of those in their Cell Group
         Prays for each member’s needs regularly
         Visits Cell Group members when they are in the hospital
         Celebrates with Cell members at birthdays and many other special occasions
       Requirements of a Reality Cell Leader
A person who is committed to the Upward Accountability Structure of Reality Ministries
                  Attends our Quarterly Leadership Dinner
                  Commits to attending Coaching Meetings
                  Accountable for Weekly Cell Meeting Reports

A person who is committed to Outreach
                  Invites others to come to cell group
                  Has a strong desire to see others saved
                  Understands the Concept of Relational Evangelism

A person who casts the vision of Cell Groups to the members in their group.

A person who is willing to mentor an cell leader intern.

A person who is willing to use their spiritual gifts for the benefit of the entire church and is
   willing to encourage the spiritual growth of others within the group, urging them to
   discover and use their spiritual gifts to do the same.

Someone who desires to see lives changed by a real relationship with Jesus Christ.
    Characteristics of a Reality Cell Leader
    What characteristics did I leave out that you might
      think would be important to Cell Leadership?
                    Trick Question
    Prior Leadership Experience is not Required.
    Professional Ministry Training is not Required.
    You do not have to be a graduate of a Bible
      College or Seminary.

Acts 4:13 The members of the council were amazed when they saw the
   boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men
   who had no special training. They also recognized them as men who had
   been with Jesus. (NLT)
Multiply Yourself
       Multiply Yourself!
             Follow Me!

“Follow my example, as I follow
    the example of Christ.”
           — Paul (1 Corinthians 11:1)

Like The Apostle Paul, we are to Call others
  to follow in our footsteps. To train them to
  do the ministry that we do.
               Multiply Yourself!
 Jesus said to his disciples, “So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the
    harvest; ask him to send out more workers for his fields.”


1. Pray! (Matthew 9:38)
2. See everyone as a Potential Cell
   Leader. (Ask God for faith)
3. Constantly involve others in ministry.
4. Give people responsibilities BEFORE
   you ask them to be leaders.
5. Consult with those over you before
   giving any titles or positions.
        Multiply Yourself!
6. Take time to pray with others for a
   multiplication of leadership.
7. Look for those in your group who
   have a heart for people and a
   teachable spirit that demonstrates
   leadership potential.
8. Find ways that these potential leaders
   can be involved in ministry
             Multiply Yourself!




9. Pray and plan with your interns.
10. Ask before you correct. (James 1:19)
   “My dear brothers, be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.”

11. Encourage! Encourage! Encourage!
Give Your Group Away!


  Your Ministry




         Your Intern’s Ministry


    First 6 Months of Cell Cycle
Multiplying Your
Why Should Group
           We Multiply?
What To Do Before We Multiply?
When Should We Multiply?
How Should We Multiply?
What After We Multiply?
  Multiplying Your
            Group
Why Should We Multiply?


    Jesus Said “Go and make disciples of all nations.”
The existence of the Christian Church for future generations
   depends on the concept of reaching others for Christ and
                 teaching them to do the same.
              If we don’t multiply, we will die.
   Multiplying Your
              Group
What To Do Before We Multiply?
Communicate the vision of Multiplication from
  the beginning and do it CONSISTENTLY.

Pray for and look for more POTENTIAL CELL
  LEADERS from the very beginning.
           (See every Cell Member as a PCL)

Recruit and train INTERNS.
   Multiplying Your
            Group
    When Should We Multiply?
    Life Stages of a Cell Group

           Initial Excitement (0-1 Month)
       Commitment to the Meeting (1-3 Months)
       Commitment to Community (3-8 Months)
Commitment to Outreach & Leadership Development
                      (8-12 Months)

             Multiplication (12-18 Months)
    Multiplying Your
                  Group
               How Should We Multiply?
Groups can give birth in three ways...
              1. MULTIPLY. Half go; half stay.

              2. LAUNCH. Three or four are sent.

              3. PLANT. Each member launches.
Who Goes Where?
      It depends on what works best for Each New Group
      I Suggest that the Leaders of Group Prayerfully consider and
      come up with a suggested Multiplication Strategy.
      From there approach the members individually to get their feedback.
     Multiplying Your
                   Group IT IS!!!
                How Should We Multiply?
     Make this a BIG DEAL!!! BECAUSE
Have a Multiplication CELL-E-Bration!
   Throw A Party to Celebrate what God has done and is doing!
   Have a time where each member can share how God has used this
   cell group to bless their life
   Spend time in Worship
   Have Communion Together
   Look at Scriptures that instill the vision of outreach and
   multiplication.
   Lay Hands on & Bless the Leaders of each new group
       Multiplying Your
            Group
           What After We Multiply?
Most Important thing to remember!!!
   We are a Family! This is not a divorce!!!

Implement in advance ways that you are going to facilitate
community with those in the other group.
       Focus Events
       Focus/Share Groups
       Discipleship Groups
       Reunion Dinners
Where Do We Go From Here?

				
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