FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A G12 DISCIPLESHIP GROUP AND AN OPEN CELL?
A G12 group is a closed group of 12 disciples and their leader. They follow the example of Jesus, whose group of 12 did not increase or change, except when Matthias took Judas’ place so that Scripture could be fulfilled. An open cell is a group that anyone new can attend, especially close friends and family members. The theme and content of each meeting can change to accommodate the needs of the people attending, just as Jesus spoke to the multitudes in parables, but explained everything to His 12 in great detail.
ONCE I HAVE MY TEAM OF 12, SHOULD I STILL HAVE AN OPEN CELL AS WELL?
When a person completes their team of 12, their main goal is to train and form those 12 disciples so that each of them can open their own cell group and win their own twelve. As this requires a lot of work, it is no longer necessary for you to have an evangelistic cell as well, because your disciples will open their own cell groups for new people. Some leaders, however, prefer to have their own evangelistic cells as well as having their team of 12 so that they can increase growth.
HOW LONG DOES EACH STEP OF THE LADDER OF SUCCESS TAKE?
This depends on the individual and their personal response to the gospel; it therefore varies from person to person. There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to how quickly a person should complete each stage. Nevertheless, it normally takes 3 or 4 weeks to consolidate a person so that they can then be discipled. Our training school Destiny Training lasts for about a year and people often open their own cell group before the end of the course.
ARE THE GROUPS ALWAYS ORGANIZED INTO MEN, WOMEN, AND YOUTH?
Cell groups are open to anyone and everyone, while teams of 12 are always organized into men, women, and youth. We have seen that this enables us to minister to people’s needs, helps us motivate each team effectively and makes creating the right environment for discipleship easier.
The only exception to this are children, who are often connected to teenagers and young people’s cells, which sometimes meet in mixed groups. As they grow older, these groups are also organized according to gender and age.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO BEGIN IMPLEMENTING G12?
The best way to begin is to catch the heart of the G12 Vision. Visiting Bogota to experience the revival taking place in Colombia is something that has greatly helped people do this. We encourage you to read some of our books about the Vision (available at www.recursosg12.com) and attend one of our conferences around the world. We can also help you contact a regional coordinator who will be able to help and advise you – simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.