The G-12 Model For Church Growth

Q. What is your feeling regarding the G12 cell structure, that is popular amongst the churches? It appears to have all the bells and whistles,with “add ons”. I personally believe that we do not need a name for the gathering of the believers in houses, and also that it maybe a pyramid scheme without money. Please assist.

A. The G12 model was designed to work this way:

A pastor trains 12 people to be cell leaders. These cell leaders are each responsible for discipling 12 others in a cell group, usually with a minimum number coming from the community and not from within the church they attend. After a specified time, and after certain strict requirements are met, these cell members then become leaders themselves, and start their own cells. Thus, the membership of the church is multiplied, and the message of the Gospel is taken into the community.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with the G12 structure. Jesus taught 12 and then sent them out to teach others. Paul also taught some who then went out and taught others. It’s how G12 is implemented and what’s being taught that causes some to question it. They believe the founders of the G12 model adhere to some unsound doctrinal principles and the fear is that these are being passed along to others. Be a Berean. Search the Scriptures to see if these things be true (Acts 17:11).

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