The Myth about Growing to be a Mega Cell Church

by | Mar 14, 2007 | Cell Church Ministry | 1 comment

  • Myth: It’s desireable to grow to mega church status
  • Truth: It’s better to plant cell churches at a smaller size

God has called some to be apostles (Ephesians 4, 1 Corinthians 12). Those in the cell church movement who have apostolic leadership gifts can grow their churches to mega-church status.

Yet the vast majority of pastors are not apostles. And the truth is that planting smaller churches is far more healthy than trying to grow one huge mega-church. Christian Schwarz and Natural Church Development research have made it crystal clear that church plants do a much better job of actually winning souls, baptizing members, and ministering to particular needs than the mega churches—they are1600 times more effective! (Natural Church Development, Carol Stream, IL: ChurchSmart Resources, 1996, pp. 46-48).

I do believe that some cell churches will grow to mega proportion and that’s great, but this isn’t the norm or the goal. Many cell churches stay very simple, growing to 50, 75, or 100 and then planting new cell churches.






Joel Comiskey, Ph.D., founder of JCG Resources