Cells

Cells

Westway Bethel Cells

What is a Cell?

Isn’t Cell just another name for small group? Well a cell is a small group but a small group is not a cell. Cells are unique in that they have only one function. Just like cells in the body, they grow and then multiply. They don’t stop, they keep growing and multiplying. Growth is exponential. Cells in the church context, grow by discipling. They disciple those who are followers of Jesus who then reach out to others who are not. They become followers of Jesus, are discipled and repeat the process. When the cell becomes too big for the members to successfully disciple each other, the cell multiplies so that more people may become followers of Jesus.
Evangelism and Discipleship are the two key components of cell life. Without the presence of both components, the cell will eventually die. Cells are not new, they were the basic building blocks of the new testament churches and are simply the most effective way for us to reach our communities.

Why cell church?
Why cell church? Why do we believe in it? Is it because David Cho’s church, the largest church in the history of Christianity, is a cell church? Is it because someone said the number twelve will bring blessings and growth? Is it because cell church is the strategy that many “great” churches are using?

The problem with the above reasons is that they don’t give long-term foundational strength. God has shown us that theology must guide our strategies-and not the other way around. So what are the core theological reasons for doing cell church? Allow us to share three important ones:

1. The Trinity

Our God is a social God! He lives in relationship with the other members of the Trinity. God is not an independent, lone ranger. Individualism might be the cultural norm in the western world, but God loves community and unity (think of all the one-anothers in the Bible). One of the key values of cell church is that people need to live in community rather than hide in anonymity. The intimacy of a cell group encourages people to know and be known.

The Trinity is also an outreaching God. Evangelism flows from His very heart. God’s will is to reach lost people through His Son, Jesus, and the church is His instrument to make it happen. The cell church encourages each member to reach out through relational evangelism. Cells expect all members to develop relationships with non-Christians because such activity reflects the heart of God.

2. Priesthood of all believers

It’s quite easy for people to sit in church. Some churches grow large through filling pews. Yet, Scripture teaches that all believers are priests. Cells value the participation of every believer.

Part of the priesthood of all believers is the use of spiritual gifts. The books, The Spirit-filled Small Group and Discover by Joel Comiskey, talk about how cells are the best atmosphere for spiritual gift use. In fact, all of the New Testament gift passages were written to house churches. Cell churches are rediscovering this important truth.

3. Making disciples

Christ’s last command to His disciples was to make disciples of all nations. I believe the essence of cell ministry is making disciples who make disciples. Cells are leader breeders and the best place to prepare disciple-makers. Multiplication is at the heart of cell ministry because new cells provide the environment for making new disciples.

Large, growing cell churches or church planting movements are often highlighted. But such examples shouldn’t be the main reasons for doing cell church. The best reason is because cell church promotes key theological concepts and brings glory to the living God.

Who and where are our cells?
Our Cells meet in homes all over Port Elizabeth. Most meet on Wednesday nights but others meet during the day or on other evenings

Cell Leader: Anna Anderson
Cell Details: Older Group
Meet: Wednesday afternoon
Area: Kabega Park
Cell No.:0730810640

Cell Leader: Peter Coates
Cell No.:0847829696
Cell Details:
Meet: Thursday evening
Area: Westering
Email: pcoates@segardmasurel.co.za

Cell Leader: Andrea Coetzee
Cell Details: Intergenerational Cell (IG)
Meet: Wednesday evening
Area: Westering
Cell No.:0823826673
Email: mcoetzee3@telkomsa.net

Cell Leader: Eileen Ochse
Cell Details: Older /mixed group
Meet: Wednesday evenings
Area: Fernglen
Cell No.:0833494616
Email: geochse@lantic.net

Cell Leader: Eileen Ochse
Cell Details: Mature Ladies
Meet: Tuesday Morning
Area: At Church premises
Cell No.:0833494616
Email: geochse@lantic.net

Cell Leader: Mark Ochse
Cell Details: IG Cell
Meet: Wednesday evenings
Area: Fernglen
Cell No.: 0836509636
Email: mochse@eject.co.za

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Cell Leader: Cherie Regnart
Cell Details: IG Cell
Meet: Wednesday evenings
Area: Westering
Cell No.: 0828739936
Email: cherie@peoplepro.co.za

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Cell Leader: Ronald Coates
Cell Details: IG Cell
Meet: Wednesday evenings
Area: Lorraine
Cell No.: 0840738871
Email: ron.mic.c@gmail.com

Cell Leader: Brenton Simpson
Cell Details: Young adults
Meet: Wednesday evenings
Area: Westering
Cell No.: 0833088703
Email: bsimpson@aspenpharma.com

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Cell Leader: Louise Atkins
Cell Details: IG Cell
Meet: Wednesday evenings
Area: Kunene Park
Cell No.: 0832549494
Email: lmadkins@telkomsa.net

Cell Leader: Kobus Stiglingh
Cell Details: IG Cell
Meet: Wednesday evenings
Area: Sherwood
Cell No.: 0828625801
Email: kobus@edpsa.co.za

Cell Leader: Delene Terry
Cell Details: Life Group – senior citizens
Meet: Wednesday afternoons
Area: Methodist Homes
Cell No.: 0839516777
Email: cterry@absamail.co.za
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Cell Leader: Dot v. Heerden
Cell Details: Senior Citizens
Meet: Thursday afternoons
Area: Kabega
Cell No.: 0834540413

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