HOW DOES PECS WORK?
Find out more about a parish evangelisation cell and it's purpose, how a meeting is structured and how the different cells are organised within a Parish
WHAT IS A PARISH EVANGELISATION CELL?
A cell group is a group of people (approx 6 to 12 regular members), who meet weekly or fortnightly for the purpose of spiritual edification and evangelical outreach with the goal of multiplication, and who are committed to participate in the functions of the local church.
Groups meet in the leader’s home weekly or bi-weekly for 1½ hours, following a set agenda. While nurturing and fellowship do take place at the meeting, the main focus is outreach, the recruiting of new members.
Once a cell grows to more than 12 regular members, the preference is for the cell to divide and the deputy leader to lead a new cell. They are called cell groups because cells in the human body are living, vibrant, multiplying units. They are programmed to multiply or die and so it is with cell groups.
THE SEVEN PURPOSES OF PARISH EVANGELISATION CELLS
to grow in an ongoing intimacy with the Lord;
to share our Faith – evangelising by word and lifestyle;
to grow in love of one another;
to minister in the Body of Christ;
to give and receive support;
to raise up new leaders;
to deepen our Catholic identity.
FURTHER READING ON HOW PECS WORKS...
What does 'Oikos' mean?
How does it relate to evangelisation?
The Oikos in a cell context and the seven stages of Oikos evangelisation can all be found here
Teachings are the way the priest is present in the cell.
The role of the teaching is described here along with practical guidance on preparing a teaching and some sample cell teaching videos
What does the cell leader do?
How to identify leaders?
These questions are answered here along with an explanation of the cell system structure within the Parish
SEVEN MOMENTS OF A CELL MEETING
Cell meetings follow a set structure and format that can be described as "the seven moments" which are detailed here
Training is essential to the growth of the cells. There are a number of training resources described here along with suggested content for a local leadership training event