Summary: The Cell Cells are the basic building blocks of all life forms. The cell is also the basic life form of the church. The cell is the Basic Christian Community. The church is formed in cells and is the sum of it. The church is the body of Christ. The
The Cell Vision (Ladder of Success)
The CUCC Mission Statement:
Bringing people closer to God
Meeting their needs
Changing their lives
The CUCC Vision:
To be a model church, flowing in the revival, with strong emphasis on cell group, ministering and teaching the uncompromising Word of God.
Cells are the basic building blocks of all life forms. The cell is also the basic life form of the church.
The cell is the Basic Christian Community. The church is formed in cells and is the sum of it.
The church is the body of Christ. The body is made up of cells. Christ is the DNA of the cells. The cell is the church.
Small groups made up of people who meet together at least once a week, focusing on the Word of God and with the purpose of development and growth.
The cells are small centers that teach the Scriptures in a simple and practical manner, and where people who attend are built up.
This cell principle has worked since the early church and the growth of the congregation came through the cells. Acts 6:7; 20:20-21
What was early Christianity like?
It is hard for us to visualize what early Christianity was like. Certainly it was very different from the Christianity known to us today.
There were no fine buildings
There was no hierarchy
There were no Christian colleges
There were no Sunday Schools
There were no choirs
… Only small groups of believers, small fellowships.
Changes in the church when it moved from the home to a building:
The Lord’s supper: changed from symbolic to ritualistic
Leadership style: changed from gifted to professional
Worship: changed from participation to spectator
Witness: changed from relationship to salesmanship
Ministry: changed from personal to social
Fellowship: changed from in-depth to superficial
Use of gifts: changed from edifying to impressing
Stewardship: change from gift of the heart to dues
The Cell Vision (Ladder of Success): Page 2
Why a cell church strategy?
It is Biblical
Allows Exponential Growth
Allows the Holy Spirit to work in Signs and Wonders even in a small group setting.
Allows high mobilization of members for ministry
Allows fast expansion of leadership base by developing leaders in a directed and systematic manner.
Allows value changes to take place in the cell
Allows discipleship in the context of body life
Allows the church to reach out through Community Evangelism
Note: A cell church is not just a church having cells. It is a church where the whole thrust of its life and ministry takes place through the cells.
The Biblical basis for Cell Group Church:
Jesus used a small group strategy – Mark 3:14-15
The early church met in small groups.
The Cell Vision
We believe in the twin harvest that is about to take place in these last days:
Harvest of great multitudes of people
Let’s focus on the great harvest of souls.
Jesus said the harvest is great… (Luke 10:2)
Jesus also called His disciples fishers of men. (Matthew 4:18-19)
How are we going to catch or gather the harvest? There are two ways to catch fish: