Recommended Reading


The books on this page are recommended as helpful for churches exploring or implementing Cell Church. But, as time passes, physical books tend to go out-of-print and become unavailable for purchase. Sometimes you may be able to find a second-hand copy. However, in the modern digital age, increasing numbers of books are becoming available in electronic format, most notably Amazon's Kindle format, and where these are available we recommend them. In addition to maintaining their availability better than printed books, they can also be searched, quotations can be easily extracted, and they can be read on any modern device. Books can be obtained via some of the organisations listed on the Useful Links page, and regular Christian book suppliers; Kindle books from Amazon.

Cell Church Foundations - For Leaders

Successful Home Cell Groups

By David Yonggi Cho, Bridge Publishing Inc, US, 1980, ISBN-13: 978-0882705132. From the pastor of the world’s largest church and pioneer of the modern cell church movement, an inspirational account of the power of building the church through cell groups. Easy to read and an excellent first introduction to Cell Church for church leaders. Kindle version available.

The Second Reformation

By William Beckham, Touch Publications USA, 1997, ISBN: 1-880828-90-1. “Reshaping the church for the 21st century.” An explanation of the New Testament ‘two-winged’ church design, i.e. small group/large group expressions in balance. A great introduction to Cell Church. Kindle version available.

Where Do We Go From Here?

By Ralph Neighbour, Touch Publications USA, 2000, ISBN: 1-880828-17-0. “A guidebook for the Cell Group Church” – A foundational book on Cell Church; explains why and how. Ralph Neighbour is one of the great thinkers and pioneers behind the global Cell Church movement. You may not want to implement all of Ralph's detailed methods, but this highly influential book has the power to challenge, to inspire and to propel a new generation of leaders into highly effective Christian ministry. Highly recommended! Kindle version available.

Groups Of Twelve

By Joel Comiskey, Touch Publications USA, 1999, ISBN: 1-880828-15-4. “A new way to mobilise leaders and multiply groups in your church.” An explanation of the G-12 cell group system developed by Cesar Castellanos at the International Charismatic Mission in Bogota, Colombia. Kindle version available.

Reap The Harvest

By Joel Comiskey, Touch Publications USA, 1999, ISBN: 1-880828-13-8. “How a small-group system can grow your church.” Kindle version available.

Cell Church Foundations - For Everyone

Simply Cell

By Laurence Singlehurst, Liz West and Trevor Withers, Cell UK Ministries. “Whether you have recently joined a cell group or are thinking about whether to join one, this booklet is for you. It will explain what you might experience in your cell group and why things are done as they are. It will explain about the things that motivate the activity of a cell group, the vision and values behind cell life, and hopefully help you to make the changes that are inevitably necessary when joining a new community.” This booklet is available from Cell UK.

Books for Cell Leaders

Home Cell Group Explosion

By Joel Comiskey, Touch Publications USA, 1998, ISBN: 1-880828-06-5. “How your small group can grow and multiply.” Describes the results of his survey of over 700 cell leaders from 8 of the world’s largest cell churches. Details principles necessary for cell multiplication. Kindle version available.

The Shepherd’s Guidebook

By Ralph Neighbour, Touch Publications USA, 1996, ISBN: 1-880828-55-3. “Spiritual and practical foundations for cell group leaders”. A Cell Leader’s training manual. Kindle version available.

How To Lead A Great Cell Group Meeting

By Joel Comiskey, Cell Group Resources USA, 2001, ISBN: 1-880828-27-8. Training manual for cell group leaders. Kindle version available.

Making Small Groups Work

By Dr Henry Cloud and Dr John Townsend, Zondervan, 2003, ISBN: 0-310-25028-5. “What every small group leader needs to know.” Kindle version available.

Books for Cell Coaches

How To Be A Great Cell Group Coach

By Joel Comiskey, Cell Group Resources USA, 2003, ISBN: 1-880828-47-2. “Practical insight for supporting and mentoring cell group leaders.” Training manual for cell group coaches. Kindle version available.

Books for Church Leaders

The Purpose Driven Church

By Rick Warren, Zondervan, 1995, ISBN: 0-310-20813-0. “Growth without compromising your message and mission.” Kindle version available.

From Twelve To Three

By Joel Comiskey, Touch Publications USA, 2002, ISBN: 1-880828-41-3. “How to apply G-12 principles in your church.” Discusses options for applying G-12 principles. Good description of cell coaching. Kindle version available.

How People Grow

By Dr Henry Cloud and Dr John Townsend, Zondervan, 2001, ISBN: 0-310-24486-2. “What the Bible reveals about personal growth.” Kindle version available.

Twelve ‘Christian’ Beliefs That Can Drive You Crazy

By Dr Henry Cloud and Dr John Townsend, Zondervan, 1994/5, ISBN: 0-310-49491-5. “Relief from false assumptions.”

Courageous Leadership

By Bill Hybels, Zondervan, 2002, ISBN: 0-310-24881-7. Leadership lessons from Bill Hybels’ 30 years of pastoring Willow Creek Community Church, Chicago, USA.

UK Examples

The Challenge Of Cell Church

By Phil Potter, The Bible Reading Fellowship, 2001, ISBN: 1 84101 218 1. “Getting to grips with Cell Church values.” Phil Potter was vicar of St. Mark’s C of E church, Haydock.

Body And Cell

By Howard Astin, Monarch Books, 2002, ISBN: 1 85424 577 5. “Making the transition to cell church – a first hand account.” Howard Astin is vicar of St. John’s C of E church, Bowling, Bradford.

A Story Of Church Growth From Peterborough

By Dave Smith, Cell UK Ministries, 2007, ISBN: 978-1-902144-34-4. Dave Smith is Senior Pastor at Peterborough Community Church (PCC), a charismatic, community focused church with a congregation of over 1300.

Inspiration For The Spiritual Journey

Jonathan Livingston Seagull

By Richard Bach, Harper Element, 1972/2003, ISBN: 978-0-00-649034-0. Kindle version available.

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