THE G-12 MODEL
Cell Life Forum,
I’ll never forget when I first met César Castellanos, pastor of the International Charismatic Mission. We shared a warm greeting, but within minutes he was sharing about the apostolic anointing over his church. Many believe that Castellanos has the spiritual gift of apostleship, and for this reason he generates a contagious vision. This vision, called by many the “Groups of Twelve” model (G-12), takes leadership development and cell multiplication to new levels.
strategy is to convert everyone who enters his church into a cell leader. He
preaches this truth and gives altar calls for new leadership. The church has
grown exponentially for the last decade. Recently the church was forced to
rent an indoor stadium in Bogota, Colombia, which sits 18,000. With three
Sunday morning services, the church continues to grow unabated.
G-12 as a Multiplication Model
is a lot of confusion floating around about the G-12
model. What exactly is it? I see it as a multiplication model--a call
to rapid and continuous multiplication of cell groups. This is exactly how
Luis Salas, a pastor at ICM, explained it to me.
It’s helpful to compare the traditional method of cell
multiplication with the G-12 form of multiplication.
Method of Multiplication
the traditional method of cell multiplication, the existing cell group
oversees the creation of a daughter cell by providing people, leadership, and
a measure of personal care. A group is formed form within the mother cell and
sent forth to form a daughter cell. The daughter cell becomes a separate,
independent cell group and is not directly supervised by the mother cell (this
is the role of supervisors, zone pastors, etc.). This is the most frequently
used method of cell multiplication.
the G-12 model, each member of the group is asked to start his own
cell--either separately or with one or two others that he has brought to the
cell. When the cell member converts into a cell leader, he continues to meet
with his original cell leader, either in the normal cell group or in a
separate discipleship meeting.
Each Cell Leader Seeks Twelve Disciples
the G-12 model, each cell leader seeks twelve disciples. Where does the leader
look to find disciples? In his own cell group. The goal of the cell leader is
to convert the cell members into active leaders of cell groups, thus becoming
disciples. To accomplish this, the cell member must first attend an Encounter
retreat, followed by an intensive three-month cell leadership training (which
includes Bible doctrine instruction) and an additional spiritual retreat. Only
after this process can the cell member become a cell leader and thus a
Learn from Those Putting the G-12 Model into Practice
better understand a model, oftentimes it’s best to step back and see how it
works somewhere else, in a different context. Pastor Rakjumar Patta of King’s
Temple in Hyderabad, Central India, provides an excellent illustration of the
Groups of Twelve model in another setting.
summarized by Neville Chamberlain)
Grasping the Big Picture
While studying the G-12 model, it helped me to compare it with the
traditional cell structure:
Applying G-12 Principles
you read about Bogota and the G-12 model, you’ll do well to remember the
church growth axiom: “Don’t follow methods; extract the underlying
principles from the methods and apply them to your situation.” What are some
key principles behind this model. I’ve identified five:
Every person is a potential leader.
2. Multiplication of cell groups is the goal of cell ministry.
3. Leadership development (discipleship) must be given chief priority.
4. Every leader should aspire to become a supervisor (discipler) and meet with the new leaders (disciples) that have started new groups on a regular basis.
5. Leadership training should be streamlined and accelerated. 
the Republic Church in Quito, Ecuador, we haven’t fully adopted the G-12
structure. We do, however, use many of the principles. Take, for example, the
role of supervisor. For years we
appointed supervisors over cell groups. After all, most cell churches did the
same thing. Not anymore. Now we give every cell leader the “green light”
to become a supervisor. “Each of you is a supervisor,” we tell them. “All
you have to do is multiply your group, and you will supervise the new group
under your care.” One of my old, trusted supervisors from the previous
system was suddenly on the same playing field as every other cell leader. This
made him work harder. He now had to prove his giftedness on an ongoing basis.
advice is to thoroughly study the G-12 Model and then apply those principles
that work for you.
 Luis Salas is a pastor at ICM who multiplied 250 cells in 16 months using the G-12 approach.
 Neville Chamberlain, “Cell Church Missions Network Roundup #14.” November 21, 1997. E-mail received from Ralph Neighbour on November 22, 1997.
 G-12 leadership as exemplified at ICM and BWPC (Bethany World Prayer Center) uses retreats departmental (zone) training.