Life takes place in the life groups, which is consistent with how the church functioned in the book of Acts. I gather that the topics discussed in the life groups are taken from the pastor's sermon, is that correct? I like that discipleship is done around what is happening in the world.
Is life style evangelism the sole means of reaching the lost, or are there other avenues your church uses?
It sounds like you have a solid and well rounded ministry in operation at your church. I'm wanting to begin the transition within the next few weeks/months to a cell church. I did a google search on your pastor and found several books he has written. What would be a good one to start out with that would cover much of what we would need to get started? I hope you don't mind me asking advice here, but anything that would help jump start this transition would be greatly appreciated. Have a great week.
Discussions can vary. Sometimes we will discuss the sermon and the notes. Other times, we may go through a series book (we are just finishing) "Experiencing God" which ties into the sermon. We have also done specific Bible book studies independent of the pastor's sermon. Life group leaders have flexibility. Our responsibility is to tailor what we do to the group. We have an older group so we are not going to deal hardly at all with how to raise children. If we have brand new believers we will focus more on helping them in their biblical knowledge and how to apply that as a new believer. We have a young lady in our group-- just turned 40-- who has lived a life and been around the block. Jesus has gotten a hold of her and she is becoming an amazing evangelist by sharing her life experiences, mistakes and wins with others. She takes folks to church, not just invites them and then says to us "I don't know how God is using me". We just smile and encourage her. She is doing what God wants. She has had opportunities to attend a group more in her age group but sticks with us for the wisdom and non judgmentalism. She helps us older folk to remember what new or young believer enthusiasm is like and how important it is.
We also do community outreaches. We constructed a sports complex for soccer, basketball, etc. Kids need a safe place and unchurches parents who don't want their kids around a secular environment, bring their kids to these programs. The result is loving on the kids and the parents. A number of parents wind up coming into a relationship with Jesus. We also donate backpacks to schools, food, etc. Lots of ministries.
One of the things our church does every year is to meet with all small group leaders to go over our basics. Just like a football team need to do the basics in order to be successful, so do we. What appears to be small things are not. They have purpose. We look at our mission of reaching the world one person at a time in relational environments and go over the points that help us accomplish that. Every year. It works. Corporate church is important. Life groups are critical.
Hope that helps. God bless.
Start with Jim's book, Church is a contact sport. You will get the idea. The Power of Together and The Revolutionary Disciple are two others that may help.