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:
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