Attending church isn’t just good for your spiritual health. Churchgoers also experience a 55 percent lower mortality rate, lower stress levels, and better overall health.
A key reason for this is the social support that churches provide their members. Whereby, the sense of community and a connection to something bigger, help to encourage greater well-being and a measurable physical health boost.
But greater participation leads to greater benefits, both for you and your church community. That means taking a more active role, rather than just showing up and listening to sermons.
As enlightening as sermons can be, church cell groups offer you the opportunity to participate, share, and grow through your interactions with other members.
So, if you’re feeling a little spiritually adrift, read on to find out more about how joining a cell group could help you find your purpose.
What is a Cell Group?
If you’re a regular churchgoer you most likely have some idea of what church cell groups are. But those of you who wish to reconnect with their faith might not be sure what a church cell is, or what being part of one entails.
Church cell groups are often made up of around six to 12 members of the same church, where members may be linked through shared interests or other factors in common.
Cell meetings tend to be held in a room in the church building or in a cell member’s home. Although church cell groups have a leader to guide each meeting, the cell encourages all members to take part in discussions and share their perspectives and experiences.
As such, while a typical cell meeting may consist of prayer, worship or Bible study, discussion forms an integral part of each cell meeting.
10 Reasons to Join a Church Cell Group
Offering a beacon of light to guide its congregation towards growth and enlightenment, it’s churches like this that will inspire you to take a more active role in your church community as a cell member.
And, as a result, you’ll experience these following reasons as to why church cell groups are so beneficial for everyone involved:
1. Personal Discovery
While sermons can give you the opportunity to reflect on how the preacher’s words speak to you as an individual, true personal discovery can only happen in small church cell groups.
There’s no place for questions, feedback or personal input with sermons. In contrast, cell meetings give you the chance to challenge ideas, get involved and share more of yourself with others.
The result is greater potential for spiritual growth, where open lines of communication allow you and your fellow group members to learn and develop.
2. Sense of Community
In the fast-paced culture we live in, isolation has become part and parcel of our everyday lives. Ideas communities are long gone, to the extent that many of us don’t know our own neighbors.
Attending a church can give you a sense of community, where you may greet and speak to fellow worshipers. You might even attend the same church-based social functions from time to time.
But beyond this surface connection, there’s little chance for true interaction in large church-based communities. And the larger the group, the less it can feel like a community.
After all, you can only know so many people up to a certain point. And, there’s little chance of you wanting to open up to a large group of people about your struggles, even if there were an opportunity to do so.
Smaller groups in the form of church cells provide a greater sense of belonging, with more potential for members to feel part of a community.
3. Opportunities for Support and Growth
A cell provides the chance for its members to open up, while the shared sense of community encourages its members to do so.
As such, regardless of the format or focus of a cell meeting, sharing insights and testimonies is an inevitable part of a cell meeting. And as members start to share, this allows for support and growth to flourish within the cell as a whole.
Being part of a church cell means having a place to share and show vulnerability, as well as the comfort that words of encouragement can provide when you do. And it’s these opportunities that allow you and your fellow group members to experience new ways to support each other while growing closer to God.
4. Maximum Involvement
Being part of a cell group ministry also makes you feel more involved in church life beyond your group.
Rather than attending church and letting your connection end there, each cell group meeting extends and strengthens the level of involvement you have with your church and with God.
As such, rather than being simply a church-goer, you will be a church member. This means being actively involved in church life through your personal connections, your actions, and your words. All of which help to shape your church’s place in the lives of others.
5. Deeper Friendships
It can be hard to make friends these days. And by friends, we don’t mean another name on a social media site, we mean real friends. The kinds of friends who know you inside out, good and bad, but love and cherish you all the same.
It’s only natural that the supportive and encouraging group environment of a church cell leads to deeper connections, allowing true and genuine friendship to blossom.
No matter what connected you as a group at the start, church cells go on to become more than their individual members. Through shared values, beliefs and experiences, the friendships that you make as part of your cell are often deeper than many people have experienced before.
6. Strengthened Faith
Joining a church group won’t just encourage deeper connections between you and the other members of the group. Being part of a church cell also helps you consider, question and fortify the connection you feel for your faith.
Like any other part of ourselves, faith needs to be nurtured and encouraged. Being part of a cell will allow you to strengthen, and be strengthened by, the faith of those around you.
Seeing how your fellow cell members express their faith will help you through your own trials and challenges. And attending regular cell meetings will help you embrace your beliefs as you explore and understand what they mean to you.
7. New Perspectives
Open discussion is a fundamental part of a cell group meeting. Through individual experiences and a range of perspectives, you and your fellow group members all have the ability to teach each other something new.
Small cells provide the ideal setting for members to encourage one another to share and challenge ideas. Through this, you’ll all benefit from a more open mind and strengthened capacity for understanding.
8. Shared Struggles
Cell meetings allow you to share opinions and experiences, but opening up to each other also means expressing your fears, worries, and problems.
And often, while you thought these problems were unique to you, you’ll find that your fellow group members have experienced similar struggles too. They may even be able to help you through these issues, creating a platform where shared struggles can lead to growth and enlightenment.
The strong bonds and deep friendships you experience as part of a church cell also offer the accountability needed for you to grow.
After all, support doesn’t just mean blind encouragement. When appropriate, it can mean holding others accountable for their decisions and actions or highlighting their past words and intentions. For example, if a group member announces that they plan to change, other group members may ask how their change is going.
Similarly, members will be motivated by this group accountability to act in a way that upholds their Christian beliefs both within and outside of the cell.
10. Sense of Purpose
Because of the depth of their interactions, church cell members soon develop an emotional connection to one another. This encourages them to offer prayers and help for each other through shared faith as a dedicated group.
In turn, group members are more likely to practice what they learn by applying their compassion to help those beyond the group. This may include volunteering, organizing an event or donating money to help other church members, the local community or those in the wider world who most need it.
Channeling faith and through a shared sense of purpose reinforces faith and the Christian call to love and help others, strengthening the cell even more.
Be Inspired by the Benefits of Church Cell Groups
With so many compelling reasons to join your church cell group, you’ll be wondering why you never considered taking this step before.
Of course, if your church doesn’t already have some kind of cell group ministry in place, we hope these benefits have convinced you to start your own church cell!
Or, if you still need more convincing about the power of faith, check out these inspirational reasons to attend church every week.