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Article Topic: 
Cell Church

We are entering the third generation of the modern cell church movement. Here is what happens in each generation of a new movement:

 

In the first generation, visionaries commit themselves to an unrealized vision. There are only a few innovators. They enthusiastically share their findings and are so committed to the dream that nothing is considered “sacred.”

Yonggi Cho is such a man. Although he started over 35 years ago, I have found him open to spend time with me—a stranger—when we first met in 1974, when he had 50,000 in cells. Dion Robert is also such a man, freely sharing with me his cell strategy that made it possible for him to baptize 9,000 on one day in 1988 and to now have over 120,000 in cells. Mario Vega in El Salvador is such a man, answering my Emails in a day or two. His cells exceed 120,000 and Elim has a 20-year track record. These are all first generation pioneers. Around the world, those of us in that first generation bonded to each other with much love. We never compared structures. We saw the values behind cell groups to be preeminent and learned from each other.

The second generation focused more on the structure and the mechanics of the cell movement. Newcomers were attracted by the temptation of “easy growth.” The motive was often to build a huge church, bigger than anyone around. Other pastors were encouraged to join “networks” that would provide the “right systems” for growth. This second-generation leadership appealed to those pastors looking for a “quick fix.” Little content focused on the values that support the formation of Basic Christian Communities. The second generation also began to focus on selling materials for training cell members. (Some of those materials provided since 1994 have already been discontinued as not being effective.)

In 1970, I focused into testing Daily Growth Guides that were interactive, seeking to instill values, not structure, into new and mature believers. Twenty-five years was devoted to that task, frequently revised and upgraded. I have always instructed those using these materials: “Please don’t use my Daily Growth Guides forever. Eventually, you should develop your own. Revise my materials, adjusting them to your own situation. When you do so, send your revisions back to me so I can steal back from you!” Classic examples of those who have done that include Harold Weitz in South Africa and Gerald Martin in Virginia and Dr. Robert Davis in Maryland. There are dozens of other examples of men who have adapted my materials to fit their local situation. TOUCH Outreach Ministries is continually revising our equipping materials through feedback from users. Intensive surveys are taken to upgrade existing equipping tracks to instill Kingdom values in cell structures.

We are now entering the third generation. A new spirit is among us. It insists that there is only one way to create and manage cell groups, and it’s either “My Way Or The Highway!” This insistence on the rigid following of a system, first developed in a foreign culture, is appealing because it seems to promise instant painless success from following the “formula.” Early adopters flock to use the “system,” dazzled by the promise of a huge congregation that will mushroom overnight.

But it takes a full seven years before a new concept can be effectively evaluated. Usually, during those seven years many revisions are made. For example, when a successful youth cell leader was asked by Joel Comiskey if he would share his strategy for growing teen cell groups, he refused, saying everything was being revised so rapidly that anything put into print might be altered before the ink was dry.

This is a first generation voice speaking to the third generation cell leaders: “Beware of growing mushrooms. They do not survive very long. Oak trees grow slowly, season upon season, and last a long time.”

Reader, do not be dazzled by mushroom systems. Instead, evaluate the value systems underlying the strategies presented. Do they grow the Kingdom of God, or do they only help to build Castles for Kings? Christians encouraged to achieve personal significance by multiplying cells burn out sooner or later. The Amway pyramid scheme dazzles many, but there is an endless dropout at the lower levels, leaving only a few promoters at the top to be admired. It is important to count not only growth but also dropouts!

Building Basic Christian Communities is a task for those who wash feet. Using people to grow a big church instead of instilling passion for the Kingdom will bring disillusionment to those so manipulated.

 
Copyright © 2017 Harold Weitsz