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Reap the Harvest: How a Small-Group System Can Grow Your Church [Paperback]

By Joel Comiskey (Author), Joel Comsikey (Author) & C. Peter Wagner (Foreword by)
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Have you tried small groups and hit a brick wall? Are you looking to make your small groups more effective? Cell-church specialist and pastor Dr. Joel Comiskey studied the world's most successful cell churches to determine why they grow. They key: They have embraced specific principles. Cell churches are successful not because they have small groups but because they have the system in place to support the groups. In Reap the Harvest, you will discover how these systems work. "Reap the Harvest is an excellent how-to-get-it-done guide for cell group life with a purpose: the harvest. The chapter on change alone is worth the whole book! This is a practical, powerful, and useful tool that will save you from the common mistakes and guide you to healthy, vital, quality and quantity growth." (Kent R. Hunter, The Church Doctor) "In his book, Joel Comiskey gives a comprehensive overview of the whats, whys and wherefores of the cell church. I highly recommend its reading to you." (Dr. David Yonggi Cho, Senior Pastor, Yoido Full Gospel Church) "Reap the Harvest provides practical guidance for leaders wanting to implement cell-based ministry in their church. Comiskey shares insights that flow from experience, extracting the principles in a way that can be easily applied. I highly recommend this book for those wanting to sharpen their vision and strategy." (Bob Logan, Executive Director, CoachNet) "Most books on cell groups are narrowly focused. This book is different! In it, Joel Comiskey gives the strengths and weaknesses of many different approaches so you can decide which one might be the best for you." (C. Peter Wagner, Chancellor, Wagner Leadership Institute)

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Studio: Touch Outreach Ministries
Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.08" Width: 5.77" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.81 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1999
Publisher   Touch Publications
ISBN  1880828138  
ISBN13  9781880828137  

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More About Joel Comiskey, Joel Comsikey & C. Peter Wagner

Joel Comiskey Joel Comiskey (Doctor. Seminario Fuller) es un supervisor de la iglesia celular internacionalmente reconocido, consultor y fundador de Joel Comiskey Group (Grupo de Joel Comiskey). Ha servido como misionero con la C&MA en Quito, Ecuador. Inicio una iglesia basada en celulas en el sur de California, y ahora supervisa a pastores en el ministerio de grupos celulares. Joel ha escrito algunos de los libros mas vendidos en el movimiento de grupos celulares en todo el mundo (best sellers), y ensena como catedratico adjunto en el Seminario Teologico Tozer. Joel y su esposa Celyce, tienen tres hijas y viven en Moreno Valley, California.

Joel Comiskey currently resides in the state of California. Joel Comiskey was born in 1956.

Joel Comiskey has published or released items in the following series...
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The best book on the Cell Church Movement  Feb 15, 2005
Reap the Harvest is now the book that I recommend first to people who want to talk with me about the cell church movement. In my opinion, it is the Where Do We Go From Here? (The classic cell church work by Dr. Ralph Neighbour) for the next decade! In this book, Joel emphasizes the need for developing a strong cell system in your church -- not merely beginning cells. "Strong cell systems produce effective cells. Churches that quickly launch cells often see them diminish over time. The difference lies in the system you develop, not in the cell model itself. This is why some cell churches succeed while others wither away" (p. 19). Catching the vision for cells means more than merely starting cells in your church. Rather, it means building a system where cells are the church's backbone. "The message passed down from the senior pastors to leaders to members is that a person must belong to a cell group in order to receive any type of pastoral care" (p. 51). One element you can't miss from this book is that to truly be a cell church, the senior pastor must lead the charge. It is his job to constantly present the vision of the church as doing its ministry through cells -- not as one option, but as the only option. "The senior pastor's direct involvement is one of the key distinctions between a church with cells and a cell church. In the cell church, the senior pastor is the cell minister. That's his main job" (p. 122). Cell churches are led by strong, vision-carrying senior pastors. "Senior pastors must create the environment for success in the cell church by constantly launching and reiterating the vision" (p. 129). Because a cell basis is the means whereby cell churches do the ministry, you have to think through all the aspects of what it really means to be a cell church and what it takes to get there. In this book, Joel does a good job of helping pastors and other church leaders think through all the details of everything from what message your lobby sends to how your emphasis upon cells will show up in your Sunday bulletin. "'Don't keep talking about cell ministry,' one pastor said. 'The people will get tired of it.' Don't believe these arguments or allow such negativism to influence your commitment to proclaim, publicize, and market the cell-church philosophy. Those who understand the place of vision in the church state that a church can't proclaim its vision enough" (p. 160). Comiskey also talks about the importance of having a discipleship plan that serves as the equipping track for how you are going to mature your people, making sure that a relational, cell understanding is a t the heart of it. In the end Joel challenges churches to take the deliberate steps to become a cell church and then gives seven wise steps to take before launching into the cell movement: 1. Make sure the senior pastor is in agreement 2. Analyze your church 3. Analyze other cell churches 4. Envision what you want to become 5. Win support through relationship building (I like to call this step, "Drink lots of coffee with people!") 6. Begin well 7. End well On the final page of the book, Joel encourages us: "People are excited about the cell model because it works, providing maximum church growth without sacrificing quality. Just as the early church, which emphasized cell and celebration, modern-day cell churches grow exponentially and endlessly" (p. 204). However, he goes on in the next sentence to warn us that, "To experience similar results, you must dig deep and build a strong foundation." Giving you the mental tools to build that strong foundation is what Reap the Harvest is all about.


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