G12 and Jethro Models
Article Topic: 
Cell Church

To begin with it is very important to understand that there are three basic cell models:

The Jethro Model:

This is a model that is currently being used around the world for structuring the Cell Church. Its name is derived from the advice given to Moses by his father in law, Jethro. When the load became too heavy for Moses to carry on his own Jethro suggested that he should restructure Israel into groups of tens, fifties, hundreds, and thousands.
In the same manner the Cell Leader focuses on a group of ten,
The Zone Supervisor focuses on supervising five cells (fifties),
The Zone Pastor focuses on the "hundreds"

This model was introduced by Past. David Yonggi Cho in Seoul, Korea.

The "G12" Model:

This model recently emerged in Bogota, Colombia where Pastor César Castellanos and his leadership developed it. (This is also know as the Group of Twelve Model.) After reaching a membership of 3,000 using the "Jethro Model" , the church plateaued and Pastor Castellanos sought for a way to break through this barrier. He studied the life of Jesus and was inspired by the way in which Jesus worked with a Group of Twelve and mobilised them into becoming leaders.

The Jethro 12 Model (J12)

In this model you find a combination of both the Jethro and G12 models.

The following table is a S.W.O.T. analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) of the Jethro and G12 cell model types. This analysis was performed by Pastor Harold F. Weitsz and the Pastors from Little Falls Christian Centre.

  • Better chance of Cell survival
  • Good control & easier management
  • More time for discipleship training
  • Simple structure to understand (Clear)
  • Good Pastoral (care) structure and communication
  • Not time taxing
  • Non leaders are not threatened
  • Quality leadership
  • Promotion path is clear
  • Interest & target groups can be effective
  • Territorial, Focused & Defined
  • Planned leadership promotion
  • Evangelism focused
  • Weekly Leadership meetings (more personal contact)
  • Emphasis on new leadership
  • Cell planting concept
  • Faster growth potential
  • M.W.D. (lasting relationships)
  • Could be paperless
  • Focus on homogeneous groups
  • Non-geographical
  • Weak members can hide forever
  • Working relationships severed at multiplication
  • Geographical boundary emphasis
  • Multiple levels create distance between Pastors and Cell leaders and members
  • Primarily not evangelism focussed (may run out of 'Type A' contacts)
  • Need more full time Pastors
    Slower leadership development
  • Some homogeneous groups are overlooked
  • Quality of leadership could diminish
  • Quality of meetings could diminish
  • Monitoring/Care process weakens
    Cell growth/Planting without active Church membership
  • Enforced relationships (sometimes unwanted fixed relationships)
  • Time pressures
  • Weak leaders in powerful positions
  • A sense of loss of control
  • Potentially weak Cells
  • Stable Church structure
  • Clear Ministry opportunities
  • Evangelism (Target groups)
  • Rapid church growth
  • Cell planting (Homogenous)
  • Leadership development
  • Evangelism (Target groups)
  • Easier to transition from P.B.D.
  • People can become stagnant
  • Over reliance on lower levels of leadership
  • Create 'maintenance' culture for top level leadership
  • 'Care' instead of 'Leadership' focused
  • Subjective leadership selection
  • Proselytising (Between groups & Churches)
  • Wrong motives used for promotion ('D' profile)
  • Malign neglect of non performing members
  • Possible compromise on leadership appointments
  • Imbalance between outward journey and inward care of the group
  • Burnout (Less personal freedom)
    Family relationships may suffer

Please Note: this page is purely for your interest and does not reflect on how Little Falls Christian Centre runs it's Cell structure.

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