ENCOURAGE AND CHALLENGE EVERY BELIEVER TO BE A SPIRITUAL PARENT
A spiritual parent (SP) is one who has been trained how to share their faith with others and then to nurture that “new baby” to become a reproducing disciple of Jesus Christ. Every trained and commissioned SP will make a commitment to pray for, win and nurture at least two people every year. Few may realize that the genius strategy of the world’s largest church is really very simple. Each cell group is to grow annually by an average of just two people. This is a very manageable goal, which produces amazing growth.
DEVELOPING LEADERS THROUGH RELATIONAL DISCIPLESHIP
Jesus invested most of His time with the twelve disciples. He was not distracted from His task of making disciples, even though speaking to the adoring crowds seemed much more glamorous. These disciples were on a three-year internship with Him. They received on-the-job training. They were taught both by instruction and by modeling. “Cell ministry presents what is perhaps the most excellent opportunity for every person to fulfill his or her role as ministers. Small group leaders are enabled to minister, pastor, counsel, visit, evangelize and exercise their leadership and trained on the job”(Joe Comisky)
EVANGELISM AND NURTURING
Life Groups are focused on three very clear objectives. Firstly, they are to evangelize and nurture people in their community. Secondly, they are the primary “pastoral care” givers of the church. Every SP, Associate Leader and Leader is trained in the skills necessary to fulfill this ministry. Thirdly, it is in the carecell that potential leaders are discovered. Their spiritual gifts are developed in the cell and they are then released into a larger sphere of ministry.