ICC is a cell church. It is a privilege and indeed a high calling to be chosen as a cell pastor in the church. I trust that this manual will give you some idea as how we function as a cell church.

The material given here is not meant to be exhaustive as more training materials will be added as and when necessary through the years. It is also important to remember that all cell pastors should be completing or have completed the four Lifetracks. What is taught in the Lifetracks (especially tracks 3 & 4) forms a major part of the comprehensive cell manual. We, the Vision Team, welcome you to join us in this wonderful journey of growth through the cell system. We hope you will enjoy in multiplying disciples and also multiplying the cells in ICC.

Rev. Faith Leong Executive Minister

Vision 2010

Our Goal for 2010 is to ―Reach One, Win One, and Disciple One‖. We want to make sure that Evangelism is at the forefront of the cell agenda. In order to achieve this goal, we have reformatted the way we run cells this year. The cells will have two formal cell meetings a month and two Bridge Bring Cell (BBC) Meetings a month.

The BBC Meetings will be divided into four cycles, each with a different theme, so that we can organize our evangelism around that theme. First Cycle-Feb, March, April—Test Your Limits Second Cycle—May, June, July—Fun, Friendship and Family Third Cycle—August, Sept, Oct—Faith, Hope and Love Fourth Cycle-Nov, Dec—Miracles on Ann St

Planning for BBC

We recommend a three-step-approach -ATM First—Assess and Strategize  Demographics Rick Warren says : ‖You don‘t attract who you want, you attract who you are‖ For example: A cell without any student will find it hard to reach out to students. Who are you targeting as a cell? Make sure you have that kind of people in your cell. Are you targeting migrant families, international students or local students, etc?  Socio economic and education backgrounds

Are you targeting business people, young professionals, students, or humanitarian migrants, etc? This is an important consideration, some cells that consists young professionals tend to organize dinners at restaurants, but they will find it hard to attract refugees or parents with young kids to that kind of activities.  Giftings and talents What kind of talents has God deposited in your cells? Discover the God-given talents in your cell. Now that you have accessed what you have, Write down your target group, brainstorm on their needs and opportunities Migrant families—settling in, friends, job seeking Business people—how to be successful, balance of family and work Students—academic help, friendship

Then write down your strategies—what can you do? Second, Train and Prepare   Prepare a team which may consist of host, treasurer, event organizer, cleaning, follow up Train your cell members to share their testimonies and how to have a conversation with new people

Third, Mobilize and Launch This is it!!! Have fun and see the fruit!


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Remember the goal is to be missional, not just about having fun—so activities don‘t have to be large scaled, just have to be effective It‘s hard to organize activities that please everyone, for example, if you organize to go bush walking, those who are not used to physical activities may not come. Don‘t be discouraged. One solution is to have two different groups organize two different activities on the same night, reaching different people. You don‘t have to have the whole cell attending the same activity. Aim to alternate one low key (Less Time Consuming in terms of planning) activity with one that requires more intensive planning. Low key activities include appropriate movie, church wide meetings, coffee and dessert, etc. Intensive activities include outings, dinner, etc. Please take into consideration the affordability of the activities to your group. If you are organizing a cell retreat, remember a cell retreat should not take people away from Sunday service. All cell retreats should take place on Friday night and Saturday and be back on Sunday Morning Services. Please beware that certain activities including mountain climbing, bungee jumping, etc are not covered by church insurance. You must warn the members that they are joining these activities at their own risk. If you plan on going such activities, please make sure it is organized as a personal event (friends doing things together).

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WED WEEK 1 WEEK 2 WEEK 3 WEEK 4 CP MID MID/ALT MID FRI BBC (5/3) Multicultural Café Nite Normal Cell (12/3) BBC Club CCA BBQ Normal cell (26/3) Club CCA camp Saturday

For March, the university students’ cells will only have one normal cell meeting as they will have at least one week involving in Café Night and Club CCA BBQ (multicultural/Chinese) and one week in the camp. APRIL
WED WEEK 1 WEEK 2 WEEK 3 WEEK 4 WEEK 5 CP MID MID/MLM MID Free FRI BBC (2/4) Good Friday Service Normal Cell (9/4) BBC (16/4) Normal Cell (23/4) LIFT LifeTrack Intensive LifeTrack Intensive Saturday

WED WEEK 1 WEEK 2 WEEK 3 WEEK 4 CP MID MID/ALT MID FRI BBC (7/5) / WISH Normal Cell (14/5) BBC (21/5) Normal Cell (28/5) Saturday WISH Cell Pastors’ Camp (14-16) Living in Harmony Concert (Sat)

WED WEEK 1 WEEK 2 WEEK 3 WEEK 4 CP MID MID/MLM MID FRI BBC (4/6) Normal Cell (11/6) BBC (18/6) Youth Lock In Normal Cell (25/6) Saturday

WED WEEK 1 WEEK 2 WEEK 3 CP MID MID/ALT FRI BBC (2/7) Normal cell (9/7) BBC (16/7) Saturday


MID Free

Normal cell (23/7) Encounter Camp LIFT (30/7)

Encounter Camp

Club CCA Market Day—21 July (UQ); JClub—Neighbourhood Fun Day—July 29th 9am to 3pm AUGUST
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FRI BBC (6/8) Club CCA Event Normal BBC Normal FRI BBC (3/9) Normal (10/9) BBC (17/9) Youth Lock In Normal (24/9) LIFT (1/10)

Saturday LifeTrack Intensives LifeTrack Intensives

Saturday CP MID MID/ALT MID Free

Moon Cake festival

VBS—20 to 22 of Sept (Mon to Wed) 9am to 3pm OCTOBER
WED WEEK 1 WEEK 2 WEEK 3 WEEK 4 CP MID MID/MLM MID FRI Synergy (8/10) Normal (15/10) BBC (22/10) Normal (29/10) Saturday Synergy

WED WEEK 1 WEEK 2 WEEK 3 WEEK 4 CP MID MID/ALT MID FRI BBC (5/11) Normal (12/11) Encounter Camp BBC (19/11) Normal (26/11) Encounter Camp Saturday

ICC OVERALL STRUCTURE ICC has three major structures: I. The Governmental Structure:

Government is ordained by God. Lack of government gives rise to anarchy. The Governmental structure of ICC consists of the Board and the sub-committees The function of the board is to guide and guard the church and its operation according to spiritual, legal, ethical and corporate requirements. Sub-committees are there to assist the Board members (not a decision making body). At present there are five sub-committees: Legal, audit and finance, staff and remuneration (HR), vision team and finally marketing/fund raising. Sub-committee members are people who are trained in their particular fields. The present board members are David Mok, Jeannie Mok, Jonathan Mok, Faith Leong , Cary Gan, Phil Whittaker and David Teoh.


The Visionary Structure

Without a visionary structure, anyone, anyhow, anywhere will do at anytime.

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Relationship Ministries Cell and Growth Structure Kids Youth Club CCA


The Growth Structure

Growth is natural because life is encoded with growth factor. Healthy growth is the results of healthy life. The cell structure of ICC falls under the growth structure. Under the growth structure there is no ―hierarchy‖ – all leaders will be called Cell-Pastors as opposed to the FIVE-FOLD MINISTERS – thus Senior Minister, Executive Ministers, Youth Minister etc.

Cell Structure There are generally two basic structures for cell groups: The Jethro-model and the G- model.

The Jethro-Model (or The 5x5 Structure) This is also called the ‗Jethro Model‘ because of the way it arranges multiplying group together in a hierarchy. For every five new units of cells a new level of leadership is added, resulting in a hierarchical and somewhat top-heavy model. Under this system the supervisor cares for the five cell leaders; a zone supervisor cares for 25 cell leaders and a district pastor supervises approximately 125 cell leaders.

The G-Model The G-12 model is a creative alternative to the normal cell church structure developed by David Cho ( 5x5). Pastor César Castellanos founded International Charismatic Mission at Bogotá in April, 1983. Initially he modeled his cell system after Cho. After five years, there were about 70 cells in his church (1991). One day while he was reading Matt 9:35-10:10, he received a revelation that Jesus‘ solution to the ―the lack of laborers in the harvest field‖ is to train up a group of 12 disciples. He thus called this model G12. From 1992-1999, with ―Groups of Twelve‖ strategy, ICM grew to 20,000 cells. Basically when a member of the cell has managed to plant a new cell, he or she then becomes part of the G system (G-12 in his case)

Jethro –Model 5 x 5 Structure
Visually  Nature  Geographical Hierarchical

G 12 Model

Spider Web


Structure   District Management   Network Relational

Overseer  Removed from grass roots Focus on supervision Do not lead a cell    Grass roots system Focus on coaching Still lead a cell

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Multiplication  By division  By planting

Relationship  Cells  Others    Rigid System Getting to be outdated Leadership by appointment    Flexible system Cutting edge Leadership by empowerment Focus on pastoral  Focus on outreach and pastoral Severed relationship  Continuous relationship

Originator: Dr. Yonggi Cho

Originator : Pastor Cesar Castellanos

Comparing the 2 Models ICC G-type Cell Structure ICC adopts a modified G12 model  We call it the G-Type-Cell Model. Under the ICC Senior Minister (G-72 Pastor), there are supposed to be twelve (called G-18 pastors), each planting 6 cells each, thus 72 cells

Each G-18 pastor is supposed to have six G-3 cell pastors under them, and in turn each of the six G3 cell pastors will have 3 cell pastors under them. Thus the rationale for G18 and G3




The Guiding Principles of the G-type Model

1. Discipleship The cell church‘s agenda is the fulfillment the Great Commission to ―go and make disciples of all nations‖. We desire to see disciples, (not just decisions) and ministers, (not just multitudes). People who accept the gospel and believe must be taught, shaped and formed into the image of Jesus.

2. Leadership Development The cell structure emphasizes leadership development. We desire to raise up leaders who have received the DNA of the Senior Minister (in terms of vision, mission, cultures, and values of the church). They become the true sons and daughters of the house as they pass through the ‗Seven Gates‘ of the church. It is structured with the awareness that everyone needs to be ministered to in order to minister. The model provides ongoing mentoring and proper accountability at all levels of leadership in the church.

3. Multiplication The heart of the G-type model is multiplication. It is in obedience to God‘s desire for us to be fruitful and multiply. Success and faithfulness in this context is defined by our ability to multiply resources (the number of people and the number of cells) that God has entrusted to us, as illustrated in the parable of the talents (Matt 25).

4. Glory of God The G-type cell model aims to prepare and mobilize God‘s people for works of ministry. This is said to be the era of the saints, the era of the faceless, nameless that will rise up in the power of God in church and in the marketplace. G-type Cell Model facilitates this by releasing people into ministry.




Cell Pastors/G Pastors Qualifications of a Cell Pastor/G-pastor

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Must meet the qualifications and requirements for church membership. Must meet the character requirements for church leaders in I Tim 3. Must be loyal to the Senior Minister and his short and long-term visions. Must be willing to work in harmony with others. Must be faithful and dependable in accomplishing duties. Must carry a love and burden for the souls of men, women and children. Must lead, encourage, assimilate and care for their group with tact, zeal and love. Must be flexible and willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. Must be given to prayer in their personal life and for their group of members. Must possess a general knowledge of all cell pastors‘ goals and task. Must strive to retain a love for their area of ministry. Be exemplary in church, prayer meetings and cell attendance. Ministry is modeling one‘s private life publicly. Hosea 4:9 ―Like people, like priest‖ and Luke 6:40 (Jesus said) ―A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher‖. Must attend the monthly leaders‘ training as well as the annual vision day and Synergy conference. All cell pastors must have a blue card issued by the Department of Commission for children and Young People and Child Guardian. (Refer to the section on risk management) Must be consistent and proactive in the mentoring sessions with your immediate GPastor) Have a good understanding of the church‘s vision and philosophy (Mission, Cultures, Values) Must have finished/or in the process of finishing the ‗Lifetracks‘

2.2 Roles and Responsibilities A Cell Pastor has three major roles and responsibilities: a. Leader-the key word is alignment  Heb 13:17-Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you‖.  The cell pastor should trumpet the vision established by the Senior Minister and articulated by the Vision Team.

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Should fully understand and serve the Lord through the vision of the church The cell pastor should provide direction to the cell within the parameter of the vision of the church. Strategize for growth and multiplication in consultation with the G-pastor. Identify and train potential cell assistants/apprentices in preparation for multiplication Lead the weekly cell meetings Organize at least the cell outreaches (BBC)

b. Shepherd-the key word is Edification  Be shepherd of God‘s flock. 1 Pet 5:2  Build relationships in the cell by loving people and caring for their well being  Disciple the members in the cells. Intentionally bring each person through the gates of progress.  Minister to specific pastoral issues, refer on to G-pastor if necessary  Work with other leaders to assimilate new members into cell. Contact the names given within the time frame specified. Invite the person to cell

c. Manager-the key word is empowerment  Empower the people in the cell to be effective  Disseminate information e.g. co-coordinating instructions for church wide projects ad harvest events.  Practical organization e.g. time and place of meetings, duty rosters, etc.  Write weekly cell reports to the designated person.  Be proactive in communicating with the church office e.g. providing numbers for Senior Minister‘s Dinner, functions, etc.  Build team ministry in the cell by encouraging participation and through delegation.

G-Pastor similarly has three roles Roles and responsibilities of a G-pastor (G-3.or G18)

a. Leader  Promote and communicate the vision of the church which is broken down into goals and strategies on different levels.  Be responsible for the growth of the cells under your charge  Provide feedback to your G-18 pastor on the conditions of the cell groups under your care. b. Manager  Annual planning with your immediate G-Pastor  A plan and to execute all cell multiplications which involves the following steps: i. Projection of cell multiplication dates for each cell ii. Identify potential cell pastors and ensure that they are progressing through the gates of progress i.e. finishing Lifetracks, church membership,

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etc. Talk to the cell pastor (of the multiplying cell) about reorganization of members, meeting place and other logistical issues Fix a meeting for the potential cell pastor to be interviewed by the Vision Team. If approved by the Vision Team, the potential cell pastor will be commissioned at the next combined service. In the mean time, help the cell pastor and his/her cell members to be excited about multiplication Be there for the celebration of the multiplication Follow up and monitor to ensure the new cells are thriving Ensure implementation of any church wide projects involving cells Be a trouble shooter. Make decision of cell closure if necessary. Report on following issues to your immediate G-Pastor and Vision Team members (The minister in charge of ICC cells)  insubordination and influencing others against church leadership  serious marital problems e.g. immorality, violence and divorce  fraud or deception  doctrinal deviation  Abuse

c. Shepherd  Minister to specific pastoral needs in your network e.g. Hospital visits, counseling, bereavement, weddings, idol removal, deliverance, etc. Refer on if necessary.  Take care of the cell pastors under your charge. Meet with them and mentor them with the materials passed on from the Senior Pastor and Vision Team.  Visit cell groups. Go with the attitude to bless and edify cell members, participate as a member, model specific parts if necessary and get to know members of the cell groups.  Read the section on ―Primary Care—the Cell Pastor as Shepherd


As a shepherd, your responsibility is to provide the primary care to your cell members (as distinguished from critical care—refer to the section on critical care). Primary care is the normal, regular attention and support that a cell pastor is expected to provide to the cell members.

BIBLICAL FOUNDATION FOR SHEPHERDING 1. Biblical Reference to shepherding:  Jesus was a true shepherd (1 Pet 5:4, John 10). Really the sheep are not ours but God‘s. God separated some people out to be shepherds of the church . Acts 20:28 ―Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.‖

 The minister appoints cell pastors to look after the small groups. Just as Moses appointed leaders for the smaller groups according to the levels. (Ex 18:25) 2. Why do there have to be Shepherds?     Sheep need a leader. Num 27:15-19 Sheep will suffer. Zech 10:2 Sheep will wander. 1 King 22:17, Eze 34:4-6 God gave us shepherds. Jer 3:15

SHEPHERD LEADER As a shepherd-leader, your primary focus is relationship. Forming an authentic relationship is the first step to intentionally care for your cell members. People want to be built into, cared for and loved. They first want a shepherd who feeds them rather than a supervisor who leads them. Their primarily want a shepherd who cares for them, who seeks to understand them—their personal walk with God, their family life, their relationship to the church. One who helps them discern next steps of personal spiritual growth or how to fulfill their potential in the Lord Jesus, the ultimate shepherd gave us an example when he says: I know my sheep and my sheep know me‖

Tender, compassionate heart is a key facet of intentional shepherding. God described his heart for shepherding in Eze 34. Key responsibilities of a shepherd are:      To strengthen the weak To heal the sick To bind up the injured To bring back the stray To search for the lost

The Bible distinguished between a true shepherd and a hired hand
SHEPHERD Cares to the point of sacrifice Knows sheep personally Intimate relationship with God Heart for the sheep HIRED HAND Quits when it gets tough Know sheep as a flock In it for personal advancement Just doing the job



Pastoring people can be hard work but it is also rewarding. Peter tells us,―And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away‖ (1 Peter 5:4). Get ready to embark upon the greatest adventure of your life, one with eternal rewards. At some point in your journey as a cell pastor, you will encounter pain, loss, disappointment. Therefore it is so important to keep up your own spiritual growth so that you continue to receive the grace that is all sufficient for you. Be available but draw appropriate boundaries. As a cell pastor, you need to learn to draw physical as well as emotional boundaries. Physical boundaries refer to boundaries on your time, your energy, etc. A cell pastor should be generous with his/her time but this doesn‘t warrant the deterioration of personal or family life. For example, if your cell members phone you at inappropriate times then kindly tell them not to call during that time again, unless it is an emergency. Suggest other times or ways (email or on another phone line) they can contact you that are better for you; if you know of times that would not be good for you and your family, let your cell members know of them from the outset. It‘s okay to set time limit on phone conversation and one to one conversation. We have had examples of cell members who called at early hours in the morning to ask their cell pastors to pick them up from the city as they couldn‘t get public transport, members who hang around until midnight, etc.



Cell Pastors also need to know how to draw emotional boundaries. As cell pastors, we need to empathize with our members when they go through time of grief, loss, etc but we need to learn to cast those burdens upon the Lord and not allow those feelings to overwhelm us. Unhealthy boundaries cause us to think: I am responsible for his moral breakdown, depression. Etc. Healthy boundaries means: I have done everything within my power and will continue to pray for him but ultimately he/she has to be responsible to his/her own decisions and choices. Larry Crab, a famous author on counseling, commented in his book, The Key to Caring, that one must not confused between goal and desire. He says: ―A goal may be defined as a purpose to which a person is unalterably committed. He assumes unconditional responsibility for a goal, and it can be achieved if he is willing to work at it. A desire may be defined as something wanted that cannot be obtained without the cooperation of another person. It is an objective for which a person can assume no responsibility, because it is beyond his control. Reaching a desire must never become the motivating purpose behind behavior, because then a person is assuming responsibility for something he cannot fulfill on his own”. A cell pastor can make it his goal to each of his member at least once a week to build relationship but his desire that these members will open up to him may not be accomplished without the cooperation of the other parties. 4. We do not recommend a cell pastor to minister to or visit a member of the opposite sex alone. If you are married, you should bring your spouse with you. If you are single, bring your co-leader with you As the cell grows, it is not possible for you to build relationship with everyone. Start building a core group and train up assistants/apprentices to help you to follow up and care for the rest of the cell members.


PRACTICAL WAYS TO BUILD RELATIONSHIP IN THE CELL 1. Model openness and transparency by sharing about yourself. 2. Aim for frequent connection. In addition to the cell meetings, contact each of your cell members regularly. Utilize phone call, sms, emails, msn, etc to keep in touch. Internet social network e.g. Facebook should be used with caution. ICC is currently constructing an intranet that will enable us to connect with each other through the website. 3. Create an atmosphere of care in the cell meetings for praying for each others. 4. Celebrate the milestones in the cell members‘ life e.g. engagement, weddings, graduations, birth of a child, etc. 5. Remember and celebrate each others‘ birthdays. 6. Be available at the critical times in a members‘ life e.g. deaths, critical illness, break up of marriage or relationships, etc. Be sure to inform your G-pastor about these situations. 7. Help each other practically e.g. moving house, child care, etc.

8. Have a structure to share burden together e.g. email the prayer needs to the whole cell, etc. 9. Follow up if a person has missed cell or church to show concern.

PRACTICAL WAYS TO HE LP YOUR MEMBERS’ SPIRITUAL GROWTH One of key roles of the cell pastors is to help the members to grow spiritually. In ICC, we have many avenues to help the members to grow. 1. Keep track of the spiritual development of the cell members. (use the form in the appendix)

2. Help them to progress through the development track in the church

Curriculum Lifetrack One

Learning outcomes Learn the basics of Christian Living -God -Salvation by grace -Prayer -Bible -Worship -Baptism-water & HS -Tithing -Church

Others - Bring them to Senior Minister Dinner -Talk to them about the multicultural vision of the church, try to answer any concern they may have about the church -Introduce them to the different

-if they are Christians (for example overseas students who accepted Christ overseas), ask if they have any theological concerns -Encourage them to be water baptized -Baptism of the HS and speaks in tongues -Encourage them to attend Sunday services regularly -If they have any personal issues e.g. living together, addictive habits, etc, the approach is to encourage them to grow in the Lord before laying down rules.

Lifetrack Two

Inner Life development -attitudes and emotions -Character development

-Encourage them to go to encounter camp -Encourage them to develop accountable relationship -Talk to them about any past issues that need to

-Discerning the will of God -Overcoming the devil -Forgiveness -Conflict management -Communication -Walking in faith Lifetrack Three Vision and Mission of the church -Vision and Mission

be dealt with -encourage them to serve in the cell.

-join membership -Encourage them to serve in the church - Teach them to lead someone to Christ

-Cultures and Values -Multiculturalism -Soul Winning -Cell Church -Partnership Lifetrack Four -Leading a cell group -Give them opportunity to lead worship or discussion in the cell -if they are ready and willing, groom them to be core members or assistants

Members Spiritual Progress Form Cell Pastor:__________________________________________


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Common Pastoral Issues

1. Attendance concerns Some of the common reasons: priority (work, fun, etc), discipline (sleep late, can‘t get up in the morning), commitment.  Heb 10:25 ―Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.  Matt 6:33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well‖  The corporate meetings bring a level of anointing and manifestations of the presence of God  Share testimonies. 2. Sickness  If possible, visit the person  Provide practical helps  Pray for him/her  Is 53:5 ―By his stripes we are healed‖  Ex 15:26 He said, "If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you." 3. When a loved one died  Send a short note or card  Express your sorrow by simply saying ―I am so sorry about________‘s death  Provide meals for the family and inquire about other specific needs you may assist with  Listen. Allow the family to talk about the loved one  Remember the family at holidays, birthdays and anniversary of the death  Jn 11:25 Jesus told her, ―I am the resurrection and the life.[a] Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.  2 Cor 1:3-4 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.

4. Study problems  Lack of motivation is normally due to the lack of purpose. Help the person set goals. Ask: what do you think are the consequences if you continue this way? Are you happy to live with the consequences?

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Identify some of the root problems: lack of discipline, poor study habits/strategies, language problems Help them develop good study habits: Discover their key productive time Find their key learning styles e.g better study alone or with someone Don‘t procrastinate If it is a language problems, read up before class, take copious notes or borrow notes from others, not be afraid to ask. Tim 1:7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

5. Past mistakes          Get to know them – make sure you spend time with them as well as praying with them Be open and vulnerable Encourage them to go to Encounter Camp They need to know who they are in Christ and understand that we are ALL sinners – establish the Word of God in their life about who they are. Encourage them to forgive themselves once they acknowledge God has forgiven them – then love themselves . Set-up an accountable relationship . If other people were involved in the past mistake – get them to ask for forgiveness or to forgive the others Give them small tasks and responsibility in cell environments Start to introduce other relationships within the church and cell – to create openness

6. Bad Habits  Be Understanding – usually they do not want to change, it us who wants them to change  Focus them on Godly priorities  Prayer – get them praying – possibly fasting  Provide a positive alternative – get them practically involved.  Find the root of the cause – what is the reason – eg. – clubbing to get a girl  Use the Word of God to help them – allow them to see the power in the word of God  1 Corinthians 6:12 – everything is permissible but not beneficial  Hebrews 4:12 – Word is living and active. Sharper than a two-edged sword.  If it is a more mature Christian – Matthew 18:6

7. Personality clashes or offence between members  Talk to the individuals involved separately. Listen to both sides of the story.  Encourage them to apply the biblical principles. Matt 5 and Matt 18  Empathise with their feelings. Don‘t try to talk people out of how they feel at first. Just listen and let them unload emotionally without being defensive. Feelings are not always true or logical.

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1. What‘s the policy on borrowing and lending money in the cell?

First of all, no cell pastors should be borrowing money from cell members. The members find it hard to refuse and it makes a cell pastor obligated to the cell members which reduces the effectiveness of his/her leadership. Secondly, a cell pastor if approached by a cell member should not feel obligated to lend money. You should only lend money as a friend and if you do want to lend money to people, have the attitude that if the person doesn‘t return the money, you are at peace with it. Discourage the practice of borrowing and lending money within the cell. Sometime, cell members may have genuine needs for financial help. If possible, give rather than lend to avoid disappointment. 2. Should dating couple be in the same cell? We do not have a policy on this matter. Past experience however shows that unless a couple‘s relationship is steady and ready to get married, it is not always advisable for them to be in the same cell. Often time, a couple breaks up and cause the cell to be divided as different members get caught in the relational conflicts or issues. 3. Is it okay for me to invite a special speaker to the cell? Before you invite any special speaker, you should consult with your G-pastor. Please do not send out an invitation before talking it over with your G-pastor. This is to avoid putting your G pastor in an awkward position to have to say yes even though he/she may not be comfortable with the speaker you invite or the embarrassment that you have to cancel the invitation should your G pastor strongly object the proposal. 4. If my cell members ask me to keep confidence about his/her issues, what should I do? The ability to keep confidence is important for building trust with the cell members. However, there are times when you must not keep confidence:  If it affects the unity of the cell or the church e.g. if the person has something against the leadership or the church  If it has implications for other people for example, the person is getting married but has confessed to you that he is still attached to his old girlfriend  If it is more than you can handle. I had a case where a cell member has fallen pregnant and had come to the cell pastor in confidence that she will go for abortion as she doesn‘t want her parents to know about it. The cell pastor agreed to do it and carried that guilt for years.

If it is a potentially life threatening issues e.g. the person has suicidal thoughts. To avoid the predicament of breaking confidence, always warn the person who talks to you that you will always strive to keep confidence but you will have to tell your G-pastor about it if it concerns the church or has serious implications for others or his/her well being. Before reporting, give that person a chance to speak to the party concern, offer to go with the person. If all else fail, you must inform your G-pastor.

5. Do I allow members from another church to join our cell? We do not encourage members from another church to join our cell groups. First, it causes confusion in terms of pastoring. For example, if the person has a character issue, who is responsible for teaching him and guiding him; who is he ultimately accountable to. Also, the church that he attends may have a different values/belief than our church. If you have a few of your members who are from another church, it creates inertia in the cell, hampering your effectiveness to bring the cell into alignment to the church. Finally, as a cell pastor, you have limited resources and time, it‘s far better to invest those resources into members who are willing to be trained up to follow the vision of the church and to take on leadership in future.


Emergencies Contact the police, ambulance or fire service straight immediately. Such crises should include:     Life threatening situations Severe accidents or emergencies An attempted suicide or threatened suicide Present threats of violence by a person to himself or herself or to others

Serious situations As a cell pastor, you are expected to provide support and encouragement to members of your group. However you are not trained to be a professional counselor, so you should not assume such a role. Instead your responsibility is to provide opportunities for your members to receive the appropriate care they require. Situations that may need professional help:       Thoughts/ threats of abortion Serious marriage problems History of past abuse Addiction e.g. substance abuse, alcohol, gambling, etc. Severe personality disorders Mental disorders or dysfunctions

Crisis care If there is a crisis such as bereavement, miscarriage, divorce, etc. Cell pastors are often the first point of contact for any crisis in the life of the cell members. Though you are not called upon to give professional intervention, certain things to remember are: Avoid offering platitudes and superficial comments such as:      ―It will take some time, but you‘ll get over it‘ ―Try to be strong for your children‖ ―You are lucky that it wasn‘t any worse‖ ―It was God‘s will‖ ―You should have heard what happened to me…‖

Provide meals for the family and inquire about other specific needs you may assist with, such as caring for the pets or mowing the grass. Say ― I am so sorry this happened to you..‖ Listen, listen, listen and be slow to speak ―quick to listen‖ means listen to the heart cry Good resources:

Lampman, Lisa Barnes (ed), Helping A Neighbor in Crisis (Wheaton, Tyndale House, 1997). This is an excellent resource for cell pastors. Easy layman terms, concise and very practical tips on how to provide support to people in different crisis.

People to Contact Contact your immediate G-leader first or one of the Vision Team pastors, and together work out a plan and steps as how to help the members.

Here are some useful numbers: Emergency Alcoholic Anonymous Gambling Helpline Queensland Housing Crisis Line (for temporary accommodation) Telephone interpreter service Domestic Violence Telephone Service Peter Janetzki & Associates (Christian counseling service) Legal Aid Call Centre Women Legal Service (Brisbane) Teen Challenge Queensland 000 (07) 3255 9162 1800 222 050 (07) 3367 2522 13 14 50 1800 811 811 (07) 3822 8336 1300 65 11 88 (07) 3392 0670 (07) 3422 1500

Vision team phone numbers (in emergency): Ps Faith (Ngar Fei) Ps Jonathan Mok Ps David Mok Ps Jeannie Mok 0413 048 768 0413 774 783 0411 160 239 0412 644 813


For immediate crisis intervention when life may be in danger, ring the police on 000. If can’t get through, call 112. If the danger is not imminent, you must still ring the police on 33646464
1. If a person is really intent on killing themselves do they still show warning signs? Many people who are suicidal, communicate this intent to those around them. However, these indicators are often subtle and can be very difficult to notice. Understanding some of the warning signs can help us to understand someone at risk. Warning signs may include:
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The recent suicide, or death by other means, of a friend or relative; Previous suicide attempts; Preoccupation with themes of death or expressing suicidal thoughts; Depression, conduct disorder and problems with adjustment such as substance abuse, particularly when two or more of these are present; Giving away valued possessions, making a will or other final arrangements; Major changes in sleep patterns, including too much or too little; Sudden and extreme changes in eating habits, losing or gaining weight; Withdrawal from friends, family or other major behavioural changes; Dropping out of group and social activities; Personality changes such as nervousness, outbursts of anger, impulsive or reckless behaviour, or apathy about appearance or health; Frequent irritability or unexplained crying; Lingering expressions of unworthiness or failure; Lack of interest in the future; When there have been other indicators of a potential suicide attempt, a sudden lifting of spirits may point to a decision to end the pain of life through suicide.

2. Are people who threatened suicide just seeking attention? All suicide attempts must be treated as though the person has the intent to die. Do not dismiss a suicide threat or attempt as simply being attention seeking. It is likely that the person has tried to seek attention and, therefore, this attention is needed. The attention that they get may well save their lives.

3. What should I do? 1st RESPONSE is very important. You need to be pro-active and portray yourself to be a caring and safe person.

a. Evaluate the LETHALITY. How potentially lethal is the situation? Think escape (safety, protection) plans for yourself, just in case. Don‘t compromise yourself as a suicidal person may become a homicidal person. o Check that your mobile is working and on redial to your carer who‘s on standby. o Let your carer know the address & how to get there. o Get carer to call in 15 mins. Your answer ‗Call me back in 15 mins‘ means situation is not that safe. o 2 x 15 mins is a signal for carer to call Police & Ambulance. o ‗Call me back in 1 hour‘ means you are ok. o After knocking on the door, step back & wait for person to walk into the house first with you following behind. Never allow him to walk behind you. o Survey room & check escape routes – ensure that the door is not locked, place is safe. b. Quantify perturbation. How HOT is the Suicide threat. On a scale of 1 to 10 assess their pain. Remember 80% of suicides are planned. IF TOO HOT RING POLICE OR AMBULANCE ON 000. c. Retrieval o Ask ―Are you suicidal‖. Use the suicide‘ – be direct, honest and bold. Don‘t use vague terms eg ‗Harming yourself‘ ‗Hurt yourself‘ ‗Doing something stupid‘. Directness leads to openness which create a bridge and this facilitate the venting process. o If the answer is yes. Ask ―How are you going to commit suicide? When…? Where….?Why….? Remember suicidal people are planners. o Listen. Use the 80-20 rule. You listen 80% and talk 20%. Do not attempt to counsel them. Just allow them to off-load their problems. This will in turn reduce their pain and angst. o Explore any signs of vomiting (Have you taken something?), Bleeding (self inflicted?) Breathlessness (Asthmatic? Have you taken something?) Disfigurement (Don‘t assume it is old) Pain (Where is the pain?) o If the answer is no. Apologize and said you needed to know. Offer future help and follow them up. Say ‗If you happen to feel suicidal at any time, please call me immediately and I‘ll get help.‘ Get the person promise not to do it. Get them the help needed – practical, counseling etc. o If the person is ambivalent : Will I or won‘t I. The final part of the ambivalence struggle is RIGHT Time vs WRONG Time. Say ―This is the wrong time because I can help you‘ BEWARE of sudden unexplained behavioural improvement after suicidal depression. They may have decided to complete their suicide. ‗The calm after the storm‘

MY MEMBER JUST FOUND OUT THAT HER HUSBAND IS HAVING A AFFAIR It is difficult for someone who has not experienced a partner‘s affair to understand the shock, sadness and pain that comes when someone has pledged to ―forsake all others‖, betrays that sacred promise. Infidelity shakes its victims to the very core. What can you do? o o o o o o o Get them to contact one of the pastors straight away Allow plenty of time for grief, sadness and anger. A listening year is of such great value at this time. Help them explore the meaning and practice of forgiveness Encourage them to rely on God for their worth Pray for them Offer practical help for them and the kids Should they separate or divorce, offer support and practical help. Be sensitive especially on Valentine‘s Day, mother‘s day, birthday, anniversary, etc.

MY MEMBER’S MOTHER JUST PASSED AWAY o o o Write a note Call and visit if possible Recognise that recovery takes time. There is great wisdom in Shakespear‘s observation:‖How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees‖ And the Apostle Paul advises:‖Encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone‖ (I Thess 5:14) Lend a listening year. Listening is crucial in comforting others. Resist any temptation to recite clichés e.g. It was for the best, etc. Say ―I am sorry‖, ―This must be very painful for you‖. Offer practical help Pray for them Useful scriptures-Ps 91:2,4; Ps 94:18-19; Nahum 1:7; John 11;25; 2 Cor 1:3-4

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What is domestic violence? Domestic violence can occur in many forms and can affect people of any age. If someone is hurting you it can be very scary and it may be hard to know how you can stop it. It is important to remember that no one has the right to be violent towards you and there are people out there who can help. Below are some of the forms that domestic violence may take:

Physical - If someone is hurting you then you will probably have to take some action. Some forms of physical violence are: pushing, shaking, slapping, forcing you to do sexual things against your will, throwing things at you, damaging your property, hurting or killing pets. Emotional - This form of violence is often unrecognised and can be very hurtful. Some forms of emotional violence are making threats, speaking in a way that is frightening, putting you down, and emotional blackmail. Economic - Having money and being able to make decisions about it, is one means of being independent. If someone is controlling your money, keeping you financially dependent, or making you ask for money unreasonably, then this is a form of violence. Social - This form of violence may happen in conjunction with other forms. If someone is insulting you or teasing you in front of other people, keeping you isolated from family and friends, controlling what you do and where you go, then they are being violent and you may need to take some action.

How you can help? o o Remember as a cell pastor, your role is there to support. Refer them to the Pastors for professional help. Safety is always the first priority. If there is any imminent danger, call the police. Another useful contact is Violence Against Women, Australia Says No—1800 200 526 Helpful things to say: ―It takes a lot of courage to talk about something so painful. Thank you for trusting me enough to share this with me‖; ―It‘s not your fault. You are not responsible for your husband‘s abusive behavior‖ Provide practical help. While abhorring the abuse, many women hesitate to leave their violent husbands out of fear of enraging their husbands, losing their financial security, having their shame exposed or failing to make it on their own. Many of these are realistic fears. If the abused makes the decision to have a time of separation after counseling, be there to provide practical help. Pray for them Help scriptures: Ps 10:17-18; Ps 31:1-2; Ps 72:12-14



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MY MEMBER CONFIDED IN ME THAT HE/SHE HAD BEEN ABUSED BY A FAMILY MEMBER/AN ADULT o o o o Report to your G pastor straight away Your G pastor will determine whether it is mandatory to report the incident If the person is not a minor (over 18), and the abuse is still ongoing, encourage the person to report to police. Offer to accompany the person to do so. Be there to support as this is a very emotional matter but wait for your G pastor‘s direction as what actions to take.


As a leader, you are a vision carrier for the church. You need to cast the vision of the church strongly to your cell as well as a vision for your own that cell that is within the parameter of the corporate vision.

FIRST, AS A LEADER, LEAD YOURSELF Our toughest leadership challenge is often ourselves. The Apostle Paul when instructing the church at Ephesus said, ―Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseer‖ Once a month, you need to ask yourself these questions, and talk it through with your G pastor:         Is my vision clear? Is my passion hot? Is my character submitted to Christ? Am I overcoming fear? Are there any interior issues that can undermine my leadership e.g. self esteem, past, hurts? Am I growing? Is my pace sustainable? Am I aligned with the church? Have I grown in ownership, commitment and loyalty to the house?


a. Know your own natural leadership style and personality. (See the appendix for the personality test if have not taken one before) b. Although we all have one dominant style of leadership that we are comfortable with, we need to be adaptable to the context that we are leading. Research shows that for a cell group, the most suitable leadership style is what is termed by Rev Gordon Moore as the Sanguine Leadership Style. A leader who exercised the Sanguine Leadership are personable, approachable, diplomatic, tactful and has high relational skills.

FOURTH—KNOW THE VISION OF THE CHURCH As mentioned earlier, leaders are vision carriers of the church. It is important that you know the vision of the church intimately. First, Do you understand the vision? The vision of ICC is to ―build a multicultural cell church that will impact this Nation and Beyond‘ Second, Are you fully convinced beyond the mere facts, that the vision is important? As a church, we believe the Multicultural Vision is a mandate from God. It is the heartbeat of God. The Multicultural Church is a foretaste of heaven. Rev 7:9 says ―After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.‖ In the Lord‘s prayer, Jesus taught us to pray: ―Your Kingdom come and your will be done‖. The multicultural church is bringing the Kingdom of God on earth. It is also an answer to prayers of Jesus. At the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed; ―Let them be one as we are one so that the world will know that you sent me….that you love them‖. Our oneness is one of the most powerful and compelling testimony to the authenticity of the gospel. The early church was also multicultural. The Antioch church was a multicultural church with multicultural leadership. In Acts 13: 1, it says 1In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul.‖ Simeon was an African. Lucius was a Gentile, Manaen was Greek and Paul was a Jews. There are many other reasons why we embrace the Multicultural Vision. Please refer to Lifetrack 4 for further information. Third, are you participating and passing on the vision?

FIFTH, VISION CASTING SKILLS Without vision, people perish. A cell group should form a vision within the parameter of the church vision. It is of absolute importance that all of our cells are aligned with the vision of the church, not deviating from it. Bad Alignment Good alignment

First, write a vision statement for your cell. A vision statement must be:     Concise—make sure your vision statement can be stated in a sentence Clear-make sure your vision has clarity and is easily understood Consistent-Your vision statement should relate directly to the purpose of the church Compelling-is it something worth rallying around

Then write down some action steps and target dates for those steps.

Q AND A ABOUT CHURCH AND CELL VISION 1. The XXX church also ahs 80 nationalities represented in their church? Are all churches multicultural? Having 80 nationalities represented in the church is only a demographic reality. Being a multicultural church goes beyond the quantitative qualities of having a certain ethnic makeup in the congregation. There must be certain values that undergird a multicultural church, for example:  Celebrate diversity. Although a lot of churches can look diverse, in essence, it is governed by one dominant culture. The dominant culture can be a corporate culture or a particular ethnic culture e.g. being very WASPish (white Anglo Saxon Protestant). Here in ICC, we celebrate cultural diversity through our multicultural worship, cultural celebration, language specific cells, etc.  Intentional diversity in leadership  Inclusive in our policies and practice. We create mechanism for all to participate at all levels of leadership in the church.

2. There seem to be a lot of Asians here? Is this a Chinese Malaysian Church? Although our Senior Pastor is Chinese Malaysian in descent, we are not a Chinese Malaysian Church. As of Feb 2010, our ethnic makeup is as followed: African: Indian/Nepalese: Caucasian (includes mixed kids with 1 parent Aussie) Hispanic: Islanders/Aboriginal : Asians: 6.4% 6.9% 16.5% 2.2% 2.86% 65.15%

3. Your member tells you that ―this performance is offensive to our culture‖ We have close to 60 nationalities represented in our church. It is hard not to offend anyone. It is important to teach our members to adopt an ethno relative perspective when comes to cultural practice. It simply means not to judge something just from our cultural standard, assuming that your cultural perspective is the only way to see things. On the other hand, try to understand the performance/ practice from other cultural perspective.


As a leader you‘ll face relational conflicts. The question isn‘t ―Will I face conflicts?‖ but ―How can I best manage conflicts when they arise?‖ Also, as relationships in groups deepen, conflict is inevitable. A group that experiences no conflict among members is probably either a brand new group or a group that has not pursued authentic relationships.

Principles to responding to conflicts constructively.

1. Pay attention to conflict clues Start small! Conflict does not have to become a crisis before we take charge of the situation. Many serious issues can be prevented by early intervention. Managing a potential conflict before it‘s a crisis is a sound investment. Start by paying attention to conflict clues:     Discomfort Incidents Misunderstanding Tension and Crisis

(refer to Appendix A)

2. Beware of amygdale hijack The moment we believe we are under attack, our body experienced what the psychologist called ―amygdale hijack‖. It will activate one of three mechanisms: fight, flight or freeze.

The key to move from reacting to responding is to focus on your inner state: body, emotion and thought Body-take a few good deep breath Emotion-notice your feelings without suppressing them or letting them run wild. Thought-Reframe doom, gloom or blaming thoughts into ―Ah, how interesting! I wonder what the opportunity is here?‖

3. Learn to empathize

Use your ears more than your mouth. Paul advised, ―Look out for one another‘s interests, not just for your own‘ The phrase look out for is the Greek word skopos, from we get the words telescope and microscope. It means pay close attention. Focus on their feelings, not the fact. Begin with empathy, not solutions. Feelings are not always true or logical. David admitted, ―When my thoughts are bitter and my feelings are hurt, I was stupid as an animal‖

4. Learn to collaborate instead of being adversarial  Start with the heart-commit to a win/win approach  Set the scene-beware that there are three things at stake here: The content—what are you working out? The process—how will you work it out? The relationship—did you respect each other in the process?

5. Use collaborative language Use AND not BUT e.g. ―I understand/appreciate that you see it this way and the way I see it is….‖ or ―I acknowledge the way you see it and the way I see it is…‖ Use non-adversarial language: Beware of saying: X I disagree with you X I am on Bill‘s side on this one X I can argue against that X Why would you think…? X The problem with that is…? Say instead √ I would like to express a different view √ I can see some value in Bill‘s view √ I see it differently √ Tell me more about how you see it…? √ Let‘s explore other possibilities…?

6. Understand the different behavioral styles and the possible clash of values The DISC model explains different behavioral styles using the spectrums of reserved and outgoing, and people-oriented and task oriented. In difficult conversations consider this to accommodate the other person‘s style.

Look at the diagram attached.

Also learn to spot a clash of values. Common clashes include Equality vs. Status; Agreement vs. Competition; Feeling vs. Actions and Objects; Independence vs. autonomy.

Signs of values problem

Complaint That‘s not fair Show some respect Why do you always have to make such a fuss? You‘re not listening Stop complaining and get on to it We‘re all in this together Let me do it myself

Issue Equality Status Agreement

Feelings Actions and objects Interdependence Autonomy

7. Conflict mapping

Appendix 1 CONFLICT CLUES: WHAT TO DO ABOUT THEM Discomfort: act to get comfortable. Say something. Ask a question. Check how the other person is. Are they concerned about something? It may work better to phrase your question neutrally. ‗How are things going? rather than ‗What‘s wrong?‘ or say what you want rather than point out what is not quite right. Try some small talk. Get more information. The situation hasn‘t escalated to being a big deal at this stage. If it‘s not about you, stay out of it! Incident: Talk it over as soon as is acceptable to both parties. Encourage good dialogue and objective statements. Actively listen to their explanation. Emphasize that it is a small thing and that your motive is to ensure that the relationship continues well. Express respect and good will to put the situation to rest. Misunderstanding: Have a longer, deeper talk about the situation. Make it relaxed and unrushed. Don‘t assume you understand. Clarify frequently. Check assumptions, conclusions, inaccurate interpretations and the meaning we put on others behavior. Consider an alternative, less judgmental interpretation of what has gone on. Use a neutral third party if needed, to help you understand each other or get to the bottom of the problem. Attribute no blame! Tension: It has taken time to get this bad. It will take time to sort it out. Focus on the good reasons to fix the issues. All parties have to want it fixed. Deal with your own tension first. Be prepared; you will need a strategy with a range of actions, which attend to the relationship as well as the substantive issues. Involve all the parties and work through it over time together. You may need neutral help Crisis: External control with authority may well be needed here. The communication of information that is clear and simple needs to be managed by someone with a cool head. Individuals may need support and practical help. Deal with the immediate issues and then work on the long term outcomes.

Fight, Flight and Freeze Exercise: How do you handle conflict?
People most likely to get this reaction from me

Behaviour Explode Shout Intimidate Interrupt Insist I'm right Keep explaining my point Tell them how to behave Nag Call on others to back me up Issue Ultimatums Flight




Behaviour Run out the door before anythings resolved Hope the problem will go away if I do nothing Hold back my opinions to prevent more conflict Withdraw emotionally until they change their mind Become cranky but say nothing about the problem Tell myself it doesn't matter anyway Complain-but only behind their back Act overpolite Take it out on the wrong person Give in




People most likely to get this reaction from me

Freeze Behaviour Rarely Sometimes Frequently People most likely to

get this reaction from me Go silent, can't even think what to say Accept physical or verbal abuse and not stand up for myself Walk on eggshells so as to not to arouse their anger Get depressed or sick Try not to draw attention to myself Pretend the attack didn‘t happen Become operational again by suppressing my fear Maintain peace by denying there's a problem.

In order for the cell to keep growing and multiplying, ongoing leadership development is crucial. Without new leaders, the cell is one generation away from extinction. Apprentice development utilizes the principle of multiplication. For example, an effective evangelist who reaches 1000 people a day for Christ will win the world to Christ in 13, 515 years. But a very effective disciple who teaches or trains two people a year to reach others for Christ has the potential to win the world to Christ in 33 years. As we multiply ourselves, we multiply our ministry as well. HOW DO I SPOT POTENTIAL APPRENTICE LEADER In ICC, we look for potential leaders who are growing in these four different areas: Spirituality     Do they see God working in their lives Are they self feeder? Do they journal faithfully? Are they eager to learn?

Commitment  Do they understand the vision of the church?  Are they committed to ICC as their local church? Character     Are they honest? Do they keep their promises? Are they emotionally stable? How do they respond to confrontation and character development? Defensively? Responsively?

Competence  Do they have knowledge in the areas that they are going to serve in?  What about their skills?  Are they good listener?  Do they relate well to people?  Do they have influence on others? Do people respect and seem to follow them? At this stage, you are not looking for a perfect leader, but one that can potentially be trained. HOW DO I OVERCOME THE OBJECTIONS OF THE POTENTIAL APPRENTICE Typical objections are: 1. I just don‘t have the time?

Remember people make time for those things they count as important. Share the importance of apprentice leadership in the body of Christ. Cast the vision of cell and how cell can change and transform people‘ life. Also share testimony of how different people had grown as they rose to the occasion and accept the challenge of leading a group. 2. I don‘t have the gift of leadership Remind people by reminding them that leadership is mostly character. It takes time to develop character and competency (skills). If you believe some has the basic character qualities of a potential leader, remind them that you will make sure they get the appropriate training that they need.

DEVELOPING AN APPRENTICE LEADERS In ICC, we have a systematic development plan: We want to train our cell pastors in five different areas: COMPETENCE (CP)-KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS The knowledge and skills needed for the cell pastors include: -Basic Doctrines -Vision and structure of the church -Values and cultures of the church -How to lead a dynamic discussion -Stages of group life -How to provide primary care -Dealing with difficult people -Listening skills -Conflict resolution -Group outreach and evangelism -Caring for people in crisis -Group Multiplication -Apprentice selection and development -Leading your group to serve together -How to follow up newcomers

CHARACTER (CR) Integrity Moral uprightness Punctuality Keeping promises

COMMITMENT (CM)—SEVEN GATES Prayer Commitment Submission to serve Discipline Responsibility Loyalty Vision

SPIRITUALITY (SP)—SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES AND HABITS Journalling Prayer and study the word Corporate prayers MOTIVATION (MV)—INSPIRATION AND MOTIVATION Able to motivate oneself Overcoming discouragement Keeping a balanced life

LEVEL ONE—ENTRY LEVEL FOR CELL PASTORS/CELL APPRENTICES --A person is considered as prospective candidates for cell pastors after they have completed this level. They can be a core member of the cell leadership team. Curriculum Area of Development CP Duration Learning outcomes Practical criteria

Lifetrack One

8 weeks/2 weekends

Learn the basics of Christian Living -God -Salvation by grace -Prayer -Bible -Worship -Baptism-water & HS -Tithing -Church

-Regular prayer life -Water baptized -Baptism of the HS and speaks in tongues -Tithes regularly

Lifetrack Two


8 weeks/2 weekends

Inner Life development -attitudes and emotions -Character development -Discerning the will of God -Overcoming the devil -Forgiveness -Conflict management -Communication -Walking in faith

-Been to encounter camp -develop accountable relationship -In the process of dealing with past hurts and issues

Lifetrack Three


2 weekends

Vision and Mission of the church -Vision and Mission -Cultures and Values

-join membership -able to lead someone to Christ

-Multiculturalism -Soul Winning -Cell Church -Partnership Lifetrack Four CP 2 weekends -Leading a cell group

-able to articulate the vision of the church

-know the basics of leading a cell groups -at least have led one cell discussion -at least led one worship in cell

LEVEL TWO—BEGINNER LEVEL FOR CELL PASTORS -At this level, a person can start leading cell but need constant supervision and monitoring Curriculum/Tasks Area of development Interview & conscience statement CP, CR, CM and MV Duration Learning outcomes -Diagnostic -Identify further training needs -Ascertain no current moral issues -Alignment to the church‘s vision Personality test and skill inventory CP One off Again diagnostic and help to identify possible areas of weakness and development -Refresher -able to identify primary care Practical criteria

One off

If successful, application of blue card

New Cell Pastors


One day- one in Feb and one in



-Roles of cell pastor -Highlight important parts of the cell pastors‘ manual -sons and daughters of the house -conflict management -Lead a dynamic cells

and crisis care -

Self Study course


Three term-27 weeks Half an hour to one hour a week

The curriculum will have three major segments Basic Doctrines Seven Gates Skills These courses serve as refresher as well as reinforcement of what is learned in Lifetrack. It is done in self study notes with reading requirements as well as short assignments Cell Pastors may be exempted from the second term on doctrines if they can pass the test with 80% and above

LEVEL THREE-COMPETENT CELL PASTORS A cell pastor at this level is one who has successful grown the cell and is able to multiply his/her cell

ONGOING DEVELOPMENT Regardless of what level the cell pastors maybe, we recognize that cell pastors need ongoing support and training. T Area of Develop ment WISH MV Duration/frequen cy Characteristi c Trainers Learning outcomes




Relational Wholeness Revival Skill development

Synergy Cell Pastors‘ bootcamp SP training and GP huddles ALT


Annual Annual

Motivational Motivational/ skill development Motivational and skill development

Various Various


Once a month

Senior Pastor and G Pastor Ps Faith

Increased commitment and competence


Once every two months

Vision casting and skill development Spiritual discipline Character and relational

Alignment/compete nce



Twice a month


Develop relationship Spiritual discipline Character development



At least once a month

Relational skill knowledge

G pastor

Support/trouble shooting/focused skill development Good doctrinal foundation Clear understanding of seven gates

Self Study Course

2 nine weeks course

Self study book



WHERE ARE YOU ON THE EQUIPPING TRACK Please circle Yes/No Are you water baptised? Are you baptised with the Holy Spirit with the Evidence of speaking in tongues ? Are you a member of ICC? Yes/No Yes/No


For the following, please tick if you have completed them. If you have completed only part of them, please put “partial completion”. Training Lifetrack One Lifetrack Two Lifetrack Three Lifetrack Four Encounter Camp New Cell Pastors’ Boot Camp

OTHER CONSTRAINTS 1. What other commitments do you have that might impact your availability to serve as a cell pastor? Family/ relationship commitment e.g. getting married, having a new baby, etc

Other professional studies (e.g. doing an MBA, etc)

Any other ministry involvement in or outside the church


Skill Evangelism Lead someone to Christ Trained others to share Christ Follow up new believers Share personal testimony Turn a conversation to the gospel Plan an outreach event e.g. BBC Evangelise a cult member Leadership/admin Vision casting Answer questions regarding the Multicultural vision Organise rosters for cell Organise logistics for cell Strategise for growth Plan for multiplication of cell Apprentice a new leader Shepherding-primary care Listening skills Encourage others Confronting issues Resolving conflicts Phone follow up Home visit Conduct water baptism Lead someone in HS baptism Shepherding-crisis care Care for someone sick Care for someone with terminal illness Care for someone whose family members passed away Care for domestic violence’s victim Care for someone with suicidal thoughts/threats Crisis pregnancy Abortion Depression Pornography Group facilitation Lead a group discussion Lead worship in cell Be a good host Lead ice breakers Self Care Time management Stress management

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