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What Others Say

We asked several leadership personalities of the evangelical movement how they perceive the Cell church movement. We are thankful for their uderstanding and kindness.



Dave P a t t y
The Principles of the Cell Churches - What Others Say

The Church of Jesus Christ has taken many forms through the years, as it works to maintain its nature and mission in ever changing times. In many areas of the world what is growing most effectively and rapidly is a simple form, focused on the essentials of the Word of God and fellowship, but meeting in smaller groups with lay leadership. The cell movement supported by the organization "I n s p i r a t i o n" is an example of this kind of simple church.
I believe it is a great addition to what God is doing here in the Czech Republic, and has the potential of reaching people who have a difficult time being assimilated into traditional forms of church.
I know the leadership of this movement well, and have seen great fruit through their work. They are carefully Biblical, and at the same time boldly innovative. Many are being reached for Christ and discipled through their network of cells. I am very thankful for their efforts, and recommend them to anyone interested in growing in their relationship with Christ, and reaching their lost friends with the gospel.

Dave P a t t y - president of Josiah Venture (organization reaching young people in 10 central and eastern European countries)

 
Don C r a n e
The Principles of the Cell Churches - What Others Say

Millions of Czechs remain outside of the reach of traditional churches. They may have had some experience with Christianity in the past but do not view what they see now as relevant to their lives.  We will wait in vain for them to enter our churches and ask how to become a follower of Christ. The Church that emerged in the first century didn’t expect people to come to them. They took Jesus into the communities of the lost, led them to Christ and discipled them in the context of their own homes. New born believers were encouraged to reach their own families or networks. Their homes became the center of new cells or churches. These cells multipied rapidly because they didn’t require expensive real estate or complex leadership structures and depended on the members of the body to carry out the work of the ministry. It was through this movement that the Roman world was conquered from the inside.

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n s p i r a t i o n, a Czech simple church planting network facilitated by Pavel and Danka V., seeks to recapture the essence of the early church dynamic. Following the simple concepts of going to lost people where they live and discipling them in their own context they are seeing God lead many to Christ who would never, on their own, seek God in a traditional church. Their doctrine is evangelical but their methods are as ancient as the Church itself.

Donald Crane - Currently serves on the Board of I n s p i r a t i o n - the umbrela organization for the simple churches in the Czech Republic. Europe was home to Don and his wife, Beatrice, for forty years. Don specializes in educational projects, life coaching, and starting new spiritual communities. His focus is in helping each person realize his/her God given potential and help others do the same. He currently lives in the United States where he and Beatrice continue to invest in people including their nine grandchildren. Over the years Don had various ministry positions: Founder and Director of the Portuguese Bible Institute, Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe for Greater Europe Mission, Field Director for The Alliance For Saturation Church Planting, Director of Ministry Development for GEM, and member of the the board of directors for World Team.

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Ing. Daniel F a j f r, M.Th.
The Principles of the Cell Churches - What Others Say

One of the ways how we can fulfill Christ's challenge to “go and make disciples”, is a movement based on multiplication of the cells as a basis of a living organism of the church of Jesus Christ. Pavel, Danka, and their friends' vision is that the evangelistic movement of founding cells would be an alternative to other missionary activities practiced by existing churches. It's not an easy task and it might evoke questions, just like any new initiative. But it's good that the kingdom of God is growing in different ways then we could imagine. That is why I welcome this evangelistic vision and I'm joining apostle Paul, who rejoiced when Christ was proclaimed in any way.

Daniel F a j f r - Pastor, chairman of the Council of Církev bratrská (Czech Free Evangelical Church)

 
Daniel H u r t a
The Principles of the Cell Churches - What Others Say

The simple church movement is based on he most basic Biblical principle – a person, who has met the Lord goes to another person so that he/she would come to know Christ as well, experience forgiveness, receive eternal life and become a follower of Jesus Christ.
People in the cell movement are learning to lead people to Christ, learning the language that people in their environment understand, they learn to live with people in the places where they are. What does it matter that they don't use church buildings for their meetings.
The cell movement is not only a great tool for new people to accept Christ, it's also a lifestyle of Christians, who care about the world around them.

Daniel H u r t a -  I n s p I r a t i o n ' s Board member; one of leaders of Církev Bratská in Vsetín (Free Evangelical Church) - called Lighthouse, participates in planting a new church in Olomouc, for more than twelve years he has worked in the Christian Academy of Youth (KAM), in 2007-2010 he was its president, Dan is also a voluntary coach for Sports Club Atletico in Vsetin.

 
Ed M u r r a y, PhD.
The Principles of the Cell Churches - What Others Say

My wife and I have known and worked with Pavel and Danka V. for the past several years and from the beginning we were impressed and encouraged with their vision to bring the gospel to Czech people through the use of cell groups as a tool for multiplying churches and the impact of the gospel in the lives of Czech people. We have worked since 1973 in central Europe doing evangelism and discipleship initially with students but also always seeking to reach out to friends and neighbors to make the gospel credible. Central Europeans are a skeptical lot and have rejected outright a stereotype of Jesus Christ and his church. This demands creative and new ways of bringing an accurate picture of the saving power of the gospel to these people.  Jesus said that new wine must be put in new wine skins. Throughout church history God has continually brought the gospel through new forms and innovative ways. He loves central Europeans and love is what will draw them to Him. That is his promise of Jesus in John 13:34. We are convinced that the future of a multiplying church of Jesus Christ lies in the openness and transparency of the cell group. We have invested our gifts and energies to facilitate seminars and give counsel to this growing movement, and we are privileged to work with Pavel and Danka to help develop this plan to reach the Czech nation with the gospel.

Ed and Coralee M u r r a y - Both served as members of the board of I n s p i r a t i o n till 2016; Ed as chairman.
They have served with Agape Europe (Campus Crusade for Christ) since 1973. They initially moved to Austria, learned German, and began the ministry of Agape Österreich (Agape Austria) among students which then also spread to a ministry among lay people emphasizing the use of small groups to make disciples. They were the national directors of that ministry until 1993 when they gave the leadership to an Austrian couple. During this time they also traveled and ministered in E. Europe with an emphasis on the German Democratic Republic (DDR). In 1995 they moved to Budapest, Hungary to help establish the Institute for Biblical and Theological Studies, the theological training institute for staff members of New Life Eastern Europe and Russia (Campus Crusade for Christ). In 2000 they were asked to assume the national leadership of the Moldovan ministry with a team of 15 Moldovans to help develop and train national leadership. In 2010 they turned that ministry with 70 full-time Moldovan workers and four areas of ministry over to a Moldovan leadership team.  Since 2010 Coralee and Ed have been working with a team of people to consider how new ways can be found through the process of good discipleship to establish churches with a heart for mission and evangelism. Ed has a degree in Christian Education and a PhD in Adult Education. They have five adult children and 13 grandchildren.

 
Ing. Josef P a v l i ň á k
The Principles of the Cell Churches - What Others Say

Dear Pavel and other friends,
I am recalling the meeting of the Board on Tuesday and the ministry of Inspiration team as the whole. It was and still is great encouragement for me to see your desire to bring the Gospel to people around you and to it naturally, aim-fully, joyfully and with great perseverance and commitment. During my "observation from a distance" it was impossible to overlook it. I rejoice of it and it is an inspiration for me. May the Lord guide every your step and bless you by his presence in your hearts and by rich harvest. May He himself be the greatest reward. Thanks for the privilege to be close to you.
Josef Pavliňák

Josef Pavliňák - Served on the Board of I n s p i r a t i o n as a member since the time before Inspiration was officially founded, till April 2016. He is co-founder and director of the organization Integrity Life, which is known especially by its ministry to university students.

 
Milan M i c h a l k o
The Principles of the Cell Churches - What Others Say

I have known Pavel & Danka V. for tens of years; and over the time I could observe their marriage, raising children and also their ministry to God in a local church. In all these areas they were very exemplary and faithful.
Several years ago they started to involve themselves intensively into a new sphere of ministry and it was the "cell church movement". Its distinctive characteristics is planting home fellowships in various towns with great emphasis on spreading the Gospel and discipleship. This form of ministry is different from classical notion of local church and certainly serves people and leads them to Christ. May the Gospel be spread over our country in many ways!

Milan M i c h a l k o - Elder of the Brethren Church in Ostrava–Zábřeh (Křestanské sbory); Board chairman of Christian Academy of Youth (Czech branch of Josiah Venture)

 
Daniel K u c
The Principles of the Cell Churches - What Others Say

More and more I understand life with God as an exciting story. I am not satisfied with a religion in the sense of right answers to given questions. That is why I am inspired by the Cell church movement. No, I do not think we have found the right answer to the question what is church. I see the exciting plot in the story God himself is writing and orchestrating. Again and again we are looking for a place that God has designed for us on this Earth as Christians, place in the fellowship of His children as well as among those who do not know Him yet. We are on a journey, in motion; sometimes we run, sometimes we stay on one place. We are stepping from one foot to the other, putting our weight (figuratively as well as literally) from one emphasis to another.
The cell churches are part of this story. I believe that they speak to contemporary Czech people in an understandable language. Thank be to God for everyone who - thanks to the cells - finds Christ, fellowship of His people and a place where he or she can to recognize and develop gifts God has entrusted them.

Daniel K u c, pastor of Baptist church in Plzen, former member of the Board of Inspiration, till April 2016

 
Mgr. Tomáš C h v o j k a
The Principles of the Cell Churches - What Others Say

When I first heard a man from India to speak about small home fellowships - churches and about their incredible growth, I was thrilled. At the same time, fundamental differences between India and The Czech Republic came to my mind and I thought those were reasons why something like that could never work here.
I'm glad that Pavel with Danka and others had a different opinion and started the cell churches. It encourages me how God uses them and this whole strategy for reaching non-believers for Christ and for spiritual growth of new believers. We are definitely going to see much more in the future. But it's already obvious that these small, dynamic churches are a great tool for spreading the gospel and also a spiritual home for those who already know Christ thanks to their economic and organizational simplicity and the depth of relationships between members. And what's especially important: these churches try to be as biblical as possible. They're evangelical not only in their statement of faith but it's also visible on their actions that the Bible is their highest authority and that they do not add onto it.

Mgr. Tomáš C h v o j k a - Vice Director of the New Life, (Campus Crusade for Christ in the Czech Republic), former Chairman of the Council of the Czech Evangelical Alliance