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Posted - 06/23/2004 :  21:52:52  Show Profile
Hi Scott, Thank you so much for being available to take this question!
We're pastoring a small church in rural Australia. We've been here for only 2 months - the couple who planted the church ten years ago have just retired. So we are at the beginning of getting to know people and being known, also at the beginning of introducing cell concepts.
The previous pastors were great evangelists - there is a high proportion of 1st generation christians in the church, and a ready acceptance of the need to do personal evangelism, which is great. We see the immediate need is to build connection, a sense of one-ness and partnership, while we also build the uncompromising need to be reaching the lost.
We have spent the last couple of months preaching unity and connection, and are starting to get good feedback (yes, we are cnvicted - how do we do it?) We are not using 'cell' language yet, because we want what we say to be taken at face value. In any case, we are actually not that interested in being "a cell church" for it's own sake. We are desperate to see a connecting, passionately missional community that reflects the nature and purpose of God - and this seems like a good way to do that!
Our current plan for the next stage is to gather the leaders - or anyone who wants to be in, really - and start building into them the vision and practice of cell and cell-style evangelism, experienceg cell life a bit as we go. We haven't done cell before ourselves - so we are learning as we go!
I'd love to hear your wisdom - any thoughts you have on the whole transition process Also, Do you know of any material that would be appropriate to use for the leaders group to launch cell concepts

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