by Jeff Tunnell
This area of Cell-based ministry requires thoughtfulness, diligence and a good system. Frankly, I am looking forward to Michael Sove’s blog this week because as the Cell Pastor at Allen Memorial Baptist he has a good working model of all three of these requirements.
In connecting Celebrations to Cells I believe we need to foster an acute awareness of visitors in our Celebrations. God has led them to join us, whether once or for a few weeks. Jesus states in John 6:44, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.” Our theology reminds us that a visitor is not acting alone, but in fact the Father is trying to connect them to His Body. What must we do to accommodate their visit? How will we offer a simple, friendly connection to the family of God? Who will take them into their cell? What must we have prepared in advance to greet them with the love of Jesus? How will we direct them toward a cell group, or its leader, in a beneficial way?
Some of the answers will be in printed material, such as brochures, bulletins, maps, banners, etc. Other answers will only be achieved by mobilizing people to do the work of ministry in each Celebration offered by the cell-based congregation. Developing the “acute awareness” will be the responsibility of leadership within sermons, illustrations, leadership meetings and personal examples. These are my thoughts today, what are yours?