Overcome Crippling Fears To Multiply Cells In Traditional Churches

Overcome Crippling Fears To Multiply Cells In Traditional Churches

 

 

Fear

Reality

How to overcome

Skit idea

1 People will leave the congregation and go into cell groups.

Most people will remain loyal to the congregation and many new believers will come in.

Let current members launch discipleship cells and send workers to start cell groups near and far.

Two leaders meet. One expresses his fear and the other his experience.

2 People will take their tithes with them, the budget will shrink and I will lose my salary.

New people coming into a cluster of cells will give generously to meet needs, including support for church workers.

Let those who start new cells teach new believers to obey Jesus’ commands, including his command to give generously.

Two leaders meet. One bemoans his budget worries. The other talks about increased giving and ministry outreach.

3 No one will come into the new cells and we will waste a lot of time and effort.

Many more will come into the cells than come straight into the congregation.

Let new cell members invite friends and family to experience the cells, and start new ones.

Two relatives meet. One expresses his revulsion towards Christian churches. The other invites him to his house group to meet Jesus.

4 Unqualified cell leaders will introduce false teaching and foolish practices.

New cell leaders will eagerly follow instructions and sound doctrines from more experienced, caring leaders.

Set up chains of cell leaders, more experienced ones coaching the less experienced, including sound doctrine.

A leader meets with a couple of his trainees who report to him some bad doctrines. He tells the true doctrine and they lay plans to teach it.

5 Unregulated cell leaders will rebel against a pastor’s authority.

Formal ordination with requirements other than the Apostle Paul’s cancels church multiplication.

Lay shepherds who meet biblical qualifications can be licensed by a congregation to lead cell groups

Two leaders meet. One tells a sad story of a church split. The other how he avoided a split and got some lay help with pastoral duties.

6 Foreign workers will use their money and power to control national workers and organizations.

Foreign money comes with outside control along with literature and training methods that lead to institutional patterns.

Complete dependence on low-cost methods and materials eliminates dependence on foreigners and maintains local control.

Two leaders meet. One tells of losing workers to foreign organizations. The other how his workers proceed only with local money and equipment.

7 Disconnected little groups cannot accomplish important projects and ministries.

Clusters of little churches can undertake community projects, send missionary and ensure pastoral training.

Shepherds with more experience oversee chains of shepherds in a way that coordinated the efforts of the rabbit churches.

A pastor meets with several house group shepherds. They lay plans to help the poor and start new house groups with volunteer workers.

8 Little cells with lay leaders do not know how to act like a church and will only be a social club.

Even big churches that do not obey the commands of Jesus and of the NT can become stagnant social clubs.

Pastors oversee cell shepherds and train them until their little churches are obeying all of the commands of Jesus and of the NT.

A leader meets with new home group shepherds and reviews with them how to obey Jesus commandments. They take communion together. The whole workshop then does the same.

9 Pastors are too busy to organize and train new leaders. They have to attend to their church members’ needs.

Pastors are too busy because their church members are not living like disciples.

Pastors lighten their own workload by empowering new leaders to care for little flocks.

“Wolves” attack a flock and eat several sheep despite a shepherd’s best efforts. When he appoints assistant shepherds, wolves prove unable to do much damage.

10 Pastors are too busy to baptize new believers and serve communion in scattered locations.

Cells can baptize new believers and serve communion in simple ways in their own meetings, with great impact.

Pastors do what Jesus did and authorize cell leaders to do all the same kind of work.

Two cell shepherds meet and talk. One can do little and his group remains weak. The other tells how he was authorized to do all; his group is strong, growing, and starting new cells.

11 Only a few dozen church members will want to join home groups, then the movement will stop.

Congregations and cell groups can continually prepare and send workers to win new believers and start new cells.

Leading visioning seminars and drawing maps of neglected regions and towns can help keep the movement going.

A house group member tells is friend how he was sent to start a new group, prays for the sick and other needs, and others are getting excited about Jesus.

12 Isolated individuals will not feel comfortable in small groups of strangers.

Individual are no more comfortable in big groups with strange religious practices.

Evangelize whole families by presenting Christ in their homes praying for the sick and telling Bible stories.

Two evangelists meet. One tells how hard it is to get strangers to convert. The other how new believers are bringing friends and relatives.

13 Setting up so many worship sites with benches, pulpits and hymnals would cost too much.

Cell groups do not require any special furniture and equipment.

Cell groups meet in homes, offices and even in the shade of trees using methods and equipment that cost little or nothing.

Two pastors meet. One expresses financial fears. The other how they are winning people and it costs very little.

14 Having many little groups does not does not fit the ecclesiology of the universal church and of the local church.

Big, independent congregations are not found in the Bible either.

The usual biblical pattern is to have clusters of many little congregations served by leaders who train each other.

Two Bible schoolteachers meet. One complains about falling enrollments. The other describes how he mentors a few and how others coach each other regionally.

15 Cell groups destroy the sense of the body of Christ, the family of God, the bigger community of believers.

Cell groups help most people to experience more body life and to enjoy more their place in the family.

Pastors and cell shepherds coordinate cooperation between cells and hold big meetings.

Two house group members meet. They tell each other how they sense the presence of Jesus and how they love to hear reports at regional celebrations.

16 Highly trained and talented pastors will not be heard and their gifts will be wasted

Pastors preach to even bigger crowds as people come to Christ in house groups.

Pastors replicate themselves in house group shepherds and teach wonderful lessons at big celebration meetings.

An old father has his sons leave their wives at his house to do his work for him. How will this family grow?

 

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