In late 1992, Pastor Larry Stockstill of Bethany World Prayer Center made the decision to transition his church into a Life Group Ministry model. On Easter Sunday of 1993, Bethany 's first 54 life groups were opened. Multiplication was rapid and explosive as the congregation caught the vision of life groups. Pastor Stockstill's ministry emphasizes not only cells but also prayer and world missions.
As Bethany's Life Group ministry grew, more and more churches began looking to the pastors and staff for help in implementing the life group ministry in their own congregations. To meet this need, Bethany Cell Church Network (BCCN) was formed in October 1997. Directed by Pastor Carl Everett, BCCN is dedicated to networking with Life Group churches around the world to encourge, train, and provide resources to reach our generation for Christ. BCCN has three main focuses: Consultation, Conferences, and Resources.