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The New Testament records 183 questions that people asked Jesus. He gave a direct answer to three of those questions, but he asked 307 clarifying or redirecting questions in response. One well-formed question can often be more effective than immediately giving the right answer. As group leaders, one of the most useful skills to learn…
We believe that baptism is in outward act that reveals an inward fact. It’s an external expression of an internal reality. Believers’ baptism is a step of obedience for the Christ-follower. If you have group members that aren’t baptized, here are two steps you can take right away to encourage them: Watch Pastor Pat’s teaching…
Confronting sin in another person's life can be a challenging thing to do, but it is essential if we desire to “spur one another along in love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24). One of our 8 Essentials of Healthy Groups is Scripture. We rely on the truth of God's Word as the final authority in…
At Saylorville, we belive being a member of the local church is very important. It's about taking ownership. Becoming a member means that you are willing to identify yourself with us – that you want to join us in our mission to cultivate a community of Christ-followers. Being a member of any community comes with…
When someone confesses sin in your Cell Group, it's a good thing! They are acting as “children of the light” as Ephesians 5 commands us to do, exposing their sin, and seeking help and restoration. James 5:16 commands us to “confess your sins to one another, that you might be healed.” It can be a…
The Two:22 Discipleship Plan is a tool that will help guide two people in a series of spiritual conversations. These Bible-focused discussions are designed to help both people grow in their intimacy with God, their community with other believers, and their influence with those who don't yet know Jesus. Becoming more like Jesus is a…
Are you a transparent leader? How transparent should you be with your Cell Group? Terry Powell writes, “Something is transparent when you can see through it. Similarly, a person is transparent when he is not pretentious—when she discloses her setbacks as well as victories. Such a person is called “real” because he does not mask…
Reproducing yourself into the life of a co-leader is one of your main priorities as a Cell Group leader. Why is this so important? Here are three reasons.
Life change happens best when we're growing together. This is a powerful thought for Cell Group leaders. If you're launching a Cell Group for the first time, or are just getting ready to kick off a new season with your current group, here's a simple encouragement – never lead alone. Developing a co-leader in your…
At our church, Cell Groups meet together regularly for a season, then take a break, then meet again. This rhythm allows us to implement strategic on-and off-ramps, as well as give our leaders intentional breaks. If your group is approaching the end of a season, here are some practical tips to finishing strong: Celebrate wins.…
As a Cell Group leader, one of the greatest privileges you'll have is developing co-leaders who will one day multiply out and lead on their own. Remember – today's co-leaders are tomorrow's leaders. To raise up effective leadership for today and tomorrow, follow the example that Jesus set during His ministry on earth. Jesus was…
Healthy Cell Groups multiply. It's in their DNA. They can't help it. When a group of disciple-making disciples experiences life change together, it's infectious. The group will grow, and multiplication will be a natural part of the process. Here are some key steps in the journey of helping your group prepare to multiply.
Here at Saylorville, we really believe that the Christian life is meant to be lived to the fullest, and that God designed us to live that kind of life together in biblical community. Cell Groups can be a great place to find these kinds of tight-knit, encouraging, challenging, and fun friendships. Whether you’re a brand…
As a Cell Group leader, you have a built-in opportunity for discipleship with your co-leaders. Developing the next generation of leaders may become one of the greatest joys of your life. As you spend time with your co-leaders, you'll grow together, and your group will benefit too. Here are five reasons why you shouldn't be…
Helping more people be more like Jesus is a multiplication vision. As a church, we plant other churches because we want more people to be introduced to Jesus in their own culture and community. As individuals, we're not just called to be more like Jesus ourselves, but to show others the way to be more…
If you've identified a potential co-leader couple, and they've agreed to join you in this leadership journey, you've already taken a huge step in helping more people be more like Jesus! Your relationship with your co-leaders will be key to the way your Cell Group experiences life change together. But what does that first meeting…
Every set of relationships has written or unwritten expectations. In the same way, our Cell Groups agree to a set of community commitments that maximize each member’s experience. Very simply, the level of community we gain from our group will be directly related to the level of commitment we give to our group. As a…
Cell Groups are an integral part of what we do as Saylorville Church. We believe that sustained life change occurs as we are growing in a relationship with Christ and with others who are seeking this same goal. Cell Groups provide people with the opportunity to share life, pursue change, and grow together. Our Cell…
When it comes to your Cell Group, today's co-leaders are tomorrow's leaders. If you've identified co-leaders with the right character, chemistry, and commitment, you're well on your way to making sure a new generation will experience the life change together that your Cell Group has enjoyed. As you develop your co-leaders to take the next…

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