The Church In Many Houses: Reaching Your Community Through Cell-Based Ministry makes the case that the cell model will work- if key assumptions about spiritual growth and the nature of the church are reexamined and renewed. By drawing on scripture, research, and insights gained through personal experience as the pastor of a growing cell church, Steve Cordle identifies the four pivotal philosophical shifts necessary for the cell approach to work. These are mindset shifts from:

  • programs to relationships-the purposes of the church are best fulfilled in the cell group instead of in programs.
  • from member to disciple-maker-every member can and should become a group leader
  • from educating to equipping-spiritual growth is not knowing more but applying more
  • from “come and see” to “go and show”-the power of penetration evangelism.