Making disciples “a few at a time” is the way Greg Oden suggests doing it.
In an article Oden wrote for “Knowing and Doing” magazine under a subtopic “Model for Multiplication“ he contrasts one-on-one with triad/quad or small group disciple-making.
Oden shares how he came to the realization that he had been doing discipleship wrong and needed to implement change. Oden’s discovery is that disciples are made in relationships and not in programs. A relational approach differs from a program because focus changes from information to intimacy, responsibility from one or a few to many. Emphasis changes from regimentation and synchronization of programs to customization based on growth process of individuals. Program accountability is replaced with focus around changes in the individual’s life.
Oden adds a great deal more about relational discipleship including three necessary elements which include trust, truth in community (covenant), and life-change accountability.
Oden’s entire article can be accessed at the following link:
Making Disciples Jesus’ Way
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During a seminary class about leadership and growth the Holy Spirit gently spoke one word into my spirit. That word was “discipleship.” It never occurred to me how important that one thought would become. Through the years I attempted to disciple utilizing the pulpit for teaching by preaching expository type sermons. Occasion also provided opportunity to teach through the Bible, which I attempted to do during the mid-week service. My education and ministry developed into teaching at a small Bible college and a Bible Institutes program in Mexico. Now the internet and the world wide web has become very important to me. Opportunities are open to me to provide training and leadership in Mexico, especially, and other fields. This site is an attempt to make educational materials about discipleship available to every venue [the place where something happens] the Lord will lead me to.
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The Call to Discipleship