Body and Cell: Making the Transition to Cell Church, a First-hand Account

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Monarch Books, 2002 - 174 pages
In July, we scrapped our house groups. In October we began meeting in cell groups. We did not realize what a revolutionary step we were taking... So begins Howard Astin's account of his church's transformation from a caring but inward-looking parish to a Christian community where every member really counts. In St John's, Bradford, a tough inner-city church, the focal point of the week is now the cell group meeting. Pastoral care; teaching; lay training; nurture of new members: all are handled by a network of small cells, which offer easy, non-threatening points of entry for visitors. Leaders concentrate on equipping church members. The result has been sustained growth, both in numbers and quality of discipleship. The transition to a cell structure has not been easy or painless, but definitely worthwhile.
 

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Contents

Foreword by Laurence Singlehurst Director YWAM England
7
Introduction
9
Welcome to St Johns Bowling
12
Beginnings
30
Building Relationships
41
Leadership
59
Equipping Every Member
81
Making the Transition
97
The Worldwide Picture
113
Dealing with Old Wineskins
128
Think Big So Think Small
142
A Vital Adventure
159
Notes
173
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