It was far from easy how the Early Church developed from nothing to something, from house c hurches to local churches. Why did the Church go through such a hard developing process? When we look at the various challenges Christian churches faced as they developed, such as
oppression from worldly rulers and the struggles among doctrines from within , it is clear that the increase of the number of Christians has been a recent cause to these challenges. All of the above mentioned have impacted church. Therefore, churches at every phase have seen the need
to transform their structure. For example, belie vers turned into the “house church”, which changed further into the “apostolic church”, transforming all along from non typical churches to typical ones. The author of this study intends to address the following issues. W hat kind s of challenges are churche s facing today H ow will churches transform themselve s in direcircumstances What is the possibility of turning his church in difficult situations into the new mode, a cell church?
Besides literature review and research of various present cell church systems , the author of the study also interviewed four incumbent pastors.They are of different age groups, different denominations, from different regions. They were asked about the challenges their churches were facing, the development of th eir churches, an d how they thought of tu rning theirs into cell churches, and during their tenure, their own experiences and the problems with church transformation. Applying qualitative research method and phenomenal analysis, the author of the study interviewed them in d epth . With semi structured interview outlines, the author realizes
the problems they face with church tra nsformation and how they deal with them, to which the
author may refer as his is turning into a cell church.
There are three important results derived from the findings of the study: (1) To r ecogni ze and agree with turning into a cell church is what a growing church must go through. (2) The future development of a church break ing into cell s” is often an evangelistic movement overcoming its challenges. (3) When Tucheng Presbyterian Church transform s itself into
a cell church , it also paves the way for its congregation to renew their spiritual life. Faced with the difficulty of enlarging the size of congregation of his church, the author’s purpose of stud ying the challenges of church development and its adjustment and transformation is to help seek a new developmental mode and spiritual renewing for the congregation of Tu cheng Presbyterian Church.