The desire to see qualitative and quantitative growth in the church in Nigeria is becoming the passion of many church leaders. This is the case with The Ever Prevailing Word Church in Lagos. The lead Pastor, Emmanuel Agamah, has been trusting God for the right strategy to make his leaders and members become involved in the work of the Kingdom. And at last, the answer has come for him!
I was privileged to facilitate a four weeks small groups’ development training with a number of leaders and members of this church. With each week of training, all faces shone with rays of hope and excitement in anticipation of what the Lord would accomplish through the principles learnt. And by the end of the training, with the practical demonstration classes, all the leaders gained great confidence to get down to work. And immediately three small groups were launched right from the classes used for demonstration. “We can’t wait for a better time to launch out!” was their cry. The leaders expressed this without any prompting from the lead pastor.
Throughout the duration of training, I emphasized repeatedly the importance of the main components of small groups: Community, Evangelism, Discipline and Multiplication. And these four components combine to bring about great success in small groups. I pointed out that these components distinguish a cell group as being holistic in purpose, rather than just specialising in Bible study, and prayer groups.
To be sure the principles learnt were well understood by all, I invited the participant to freely ask questions and also share their thoughts, convictions, workability and possible challenges they might come across. It was amazing how convincing their expressions were. The lead pastor said:
Before now I have been asking God to show me what next to do – to make my leaders more involved in ministry beside just pulpit ministration in our Sunday services. “Pastor Sam, your coming these four weeks has been the answer to my prayers. We are going all out to practice these principles and we shall christen our cell groups, Evangelism Centers … where souls will be won and discipled for Christ. And we look forward to having you again in March, 2013, to come and see what the Lord has done, and to share in our joy” (Pastor Emmanuel Agamah).
I praise the Lord for the four weeks well-spent in practical teaching and demonstrations of how small groups ministry can help grow healthy churches that actively take part in the Great Commandment and Great Commission. Small groups are indispensable instruments employed by the Lord to win the world to Him (He spent three and half years with a small group of twelve in order to win the entire human race).
“And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen” Rev1:16 (KJV).