No Glory; no control. This is the
theme of the cell church missions network that was constantly repeated at the
last CCMN conference in Taiwan from November 5-8, 2002. Everyone paid
their own way and there were no superstars.
When I first met Ben Wong, the senior pastor of a 1000+ cell church in
The cell church missions network is primarily concerned with mobilizing cell church saints to finish the great commission. Cell leaders just happen to be the best missionaries to penetrate the unreached cultures because they’ve already experienced fruitful ministry in their own culture. 
On Wednesday, the second day of
A dictionary definition of networking
means “to maintain relationships
with people: to build up or maintain informal relationships.” Most
people at the CCMN conference benefit more from
networking with fellow cell travelers than anything else. I connected
Several important CCMN dates stand out in the history of
1990. Ben Wong felt
called to network with
1997-98. During a committee meeting, Ben Wong suggested, “Why
don’t we ask various cell churches from different countries to come together
and see what the Holy Spirit does.” The committee wrote to cell leaders around
the world asking them to come to
2000. CCMN was held in
2001. CCMN was held in
2002: The fifth straight CCMN conference was held in
2003: The CCMN conference will be held from November 4-7 in
· Incredible organization: I was impressed with the attention to details. My family was greeted by numerous volunteer workers at the airport. Another group of workers met us along each stop of the journey to the conference center. Attentive volunteers manned tables, checked on air flights, placed special treats in the rooms, gave out free gifts, and carefully laid out plans for each person’s airport return. The host church even set up free Broadband internet access for CCMN participants.
· A return to the basics: Both house church and cell church advocates were present. We focused on cell creativity rather than following one model. CCMN is more of a clearing house for a broad spectrum of creative cell ministry.
An Asian flavor: Most of those present are from Asian countries or
ministering to Asian countries, although this may change.
There were probably 25 people from
English is the main language spoken at CCMN, although the speakers are
simultaneously translated into various languages. Headsets are provided for
those who need to hear the messages in their own language.
Incredible sense of
community: We as a family sensed loads of hospitality during our entire stay. My
children didn’t want to leave.
spontaneity. I sensed a planned disorganization. Ben Wong, the main MC for most
sessions, is funny and does a great job of going with the flow when facing
decisions of any kind—including where the conference would be held in 2003.
emphasis. Some of the best mission teaching I’ve ever heard, and I’m a
A work of God
In a day of cell church franchising, CCMN is a refreshingly creative work that magnifies creativity over conformity, principles over models, and the priesthood of all believers over special, anointed saints. No glory; no control. This is the motto of CCMN.
May God be pleased to continue exalting Himself through this humble, interdenominational gathering of like-minded visionaries.
 My travel schedule didn’t permit my going alone, so I went with my entire family. The financial investment paid off because my oldest daughter caught a mission vision after the rally on Wednesday night.
In 2001, I meet met a fruitful cell leader from Ben Wong’s church who was
sent out to plant a cell church among