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Factors That Predict Multiplication

  • The cell leader’s devotional time. Those who spend 90 minutes or more in devotions per day multiply their groups twice as much as those who spend less than 30 minutes.
  • The cell leader’s intercession for the cell members. Those who pray daily for cell members are most likely to multiply groups.
  • The leader spending time with God to prepare for a cell meeting. Spending time with God preparing the heart for a cell meeting is more important than preparing the lesson.
  • Setting goals. The leader who fails to set goals that the members remember has about a 50 percent chance of multiplying his or her cell. Setting goals increases that chance to 75 percent.
  • Knowing your cell multiplication date. Cell leaders who set specific goals for giving birth consistently multiply their groups more often than goal-less leaders.
  • Training. Cell leaders who feel better trained multiply their cells more rapidly. However, training is not as important as the leader’s prayer life and goal orientation.
  • How often the cell leader contacts new people. Leaders who contact five to seven new people per month have an 80% chance of multiplying the cell group. When the leader visits only I to 3 people per month, the chances drop to 60%. Leaders who visit eight or more new people each month multiply their groups twice as much as those who visit one or two.
  • Exhortation in cell groups to invite friends. Cell leaders who weekly encourage members to invite visitors double their capacity to multiply their groups-as opposed to those leaders who do so only occasionally or not at all.
  • Number of visitors to the cell. There is a direct relationship between the number of visitors in the group and the number of times a leader multiplies the group. • Outside meetings. Those cells that have six or more social meetings per month multiply twice as much as those who have only one, or none.
  • Raising up interns. Those leaders who gather a team double their capacity to multiply the cell.
  • Level of pastoral care. Regular visitation by the leader to the cell members helps consolidate the group.


Comiskey, Joel. Home Cell Group Explosion: How Your Small Group Can Grow and Multiply [With Study Guide] (Kindle Locations 174-186). Kindle Edition.

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Josh Hunt loves small groups. He travels extensively training group leaders. He has spoken in some of America's leading churches including First Baptist Church Atlanta and Thomas Road Baptist Church, Lynchburg, VA. He has written several books on group life including You Can Double Your Class in Two Years or Less, Disciplemaking Teachers and Make Your Group Grow. He writes a popular online curriculum called Good Questions Have Groups Talking. His website is www.joshhunt.com