One size doesn’t fit all (What I learned from G12 part. 2) L060

G12 is a type of cell church that originated in Bogota, Columbia. In it everyone is discipled in the context of a single sex cell by their cell leader. They are also trained and supported to open their own cell and so disciple others.

After a few years of working with a G12 cell structure, it seemed like we had struck gold, the church was growing rapidly, new cells were opening apace, and new leaders were taking the challenge of opening their own cells. There had never been so much discipleship taking place. We were heading towards 1000 adults and children in the church.

What we were slow to realise was that there were an increasing number of people with strong leadership gifts who were growing uncomfortable with the fit of leading a cell, or who didn’t feel that leading a cell was something they could fully embrace. They weren’t bad people, rebellious or awkward people, they just couldn’t in all honesty see themselves thriving in the role.

When we eventually started to realise we had a growing problem, we looked to understand exactly what was going on. We discovered there were those whose leadership gifts were more in breaking new ground than in maintaining existing turf, they needed to be released into more short term pioneering roles. Similarly there were others who were brilliant project leaders, but who had low boredom thresholds and needed fresh challenges to keep them engaged and motivated. Others were evangelistic and not so interested in the long term care of those who were coming to Christ.

Some saw their calling to lead as more in the business world or other spheres of society, rather than in the church. Some were capable of leading a cell, but in their life-stage it was just too much of an ask. They were happy to lead but not on their own or in such a demanding role. Some could do the group stuff, but couldn’t hack all the one to one commitments, and others vice versa.

So what was God saying to us? We saw that we needed to recognise capacity and life-stage issues. We needed to create a much wider variety of opportunities that really did play to each individual’s strengths. We needed to recognise the sphere in which they were primarily called to lead. And we needed to recognise the need for team leadership in which individuals could play a role without having to take full and final responsibility for everything, and could simply make their best leadership contribution according to their strengths.

So we arrived at Missional Communities as the new way of doing church – a midsized group structure that seemed to allow for all these needs to be accommodated. So far (2 years on) the fruit is good!

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