Central Christian Center

It's Time to Connect

Group Ministries:
a place where people can come together to connect with others.

The best way to grow as a Christian is to get into a situation where you can rub shoulders with other Christians and benefit from life-on-life modeling and mentoring from those who've learned what it means to live out their faith on a day-to-day basis. As relationships can't be forced, neither can spiritual growth. Cell Groups provide an environment conducive to deeper spiritual relationships amoung group members. After that, it's up to the Holy Spirit to do His stuff according to a timetable that fits His plan (or in the case of some of us, at the pace at which we're willing to be led.)

  • Cell Groups are not in-depth Bible Studies.
    Cell Groups are about sharing life together and discovering how the love of God transforms hearts. In Cell Groups, instead of talking about life, people engage in life.
  • Cell Groups are built around 'affinity relationships'.
    Affinity means that people in the Cell Group have something basic in common. While it's true that close friends often have a stronger set of shared interests, values, or experiences that binds them together. That's why we tell people to choose a group primarily according to who else is in it rather than where it meets.
  • Cell Groups are incubators of faith.
    Incubators are warm, safe environments where premature babies are nourished into a sustainable life. That's what happens in Cell Groups.
  • Cell Groups are ideal for new christians and the 'unchurched'.
    Everyone benefits from a small group, but no one more than new believers or nonbelievers, because they so desperately need to share life with other Christians who have gone before them in their life struggles.

We all have a basic need to connect with others. Cell Groups share lives together - the good times, the tough times, and the times in-between. The goal of Cell Groups is simply to connect people to the two things they will need most when faced with the challenges of life: the Bible and other Christians.

The mission of Cell Groups are:

  • transforming believers into the image of Christ,
  • Equipping them for the work of ministry,
  • Strengthening them through teaching and fellowship,
  • Renewing them through worship and prayer.

Cell Groups are the solution to disconnection.

  • Cell Groups provide fellowship
  • Cell Groups share life together
  • Cell Groups change lives

The beauty of this laid-back approach of Cell Groups is that it 'takes the pressure off'. Cell Groups provide an environment shere people are connected closely enough and long enough for life to happen and for God to show up. It's organic and simple; it works, and it works well.

Cell Groups (sometimes call small groups) are not a new thing.
In the 1st century church, as well as worshipping together in the Temples each day, Christians met in homes where they studied the apostles' teachings, shared meals together, and celebrated the Lord's Supper. "And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved." - Acts 2:46-47 (NLT)

Small group bands and classes started by John and Charles Wesley in the 18th century also attracted thousands of spiritually hungry people and grew many of them into mature believers. Anytime a group of friends commits to gather together to share their lives, pray, and discuss the Bible and the application of it's scriptures, good stuff is bound to happen.

Why Cell Groups?
Cell Groups are all about friends, encouragement, prayer, and study of God's Word! In a Cell Group, you can take a break from the busy demands of everyday life and invest in what is really important: your relationship with God and relationship with the people around you. Most cell groups meet for an hour and half every week. In a small group of people things happen that don't happen in bigger groups. The Bible gives us many examples of how lives were changed when people met together this way. The same thing happens as we hear of how Cell Groups have provided friendship, support, encouragement, and opportunity for a closer relationship with Christ. Get connected in a cell group and watch your life change!

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