• Our hope-filled future is bound up in sharing the story of Jesus, in discipling others, in bringing those disciples together into communities of believers, and in developing and releasing those believers to create other communities... till Jesus the King comes again!

“In community”

In re-reading a note from John Wilson on the topic of discipleship, I was struck by its relevance to the subject of mentoring, and in particular the idea of “group mentoring”. 

Here’s what John wrote: “I think this is something which is not fully appreciated today with the emphasis on “one-on-one” discipleship.  In a group there is a powerful dynamic for corporate values, and appropriate and acceptable character and lifestyle. I saw this in tribal life, where it is true that it takes a village to raise a child.  There is an aspect of discipleship in community which we have lost in the 20th century with our focus on individual discipleship.”  Thanks John for that insight!

4 Responses

  1. I agree completely on this. Tim Tjernagel put our leadership team onto Greg Ogden´s “Transforming Discipleship,” which addresses, as a premise, the need for discipleship in three´s (3´s) or four´s (4´s). This approach allows for community to be formed, not just the “informed” informing the “misinformed.”

    One of the great benefits I see in this approach also relate to the “discipler” gaining the full benefit of community in the process of serving others.

  2. What is the current debate of mentoring vs. coaching about? Is there really a distinction, or is it basically semantics?

    • Thanks for your question. I am not an expert on this discussion, but I believe that the two terms (coaching and mentoring) are being used to describe two different kinds of activities or approaches to developing others. The discussion is helpful in that if highlights elements or tools that we need to further work on so that we might be of more help to others in their growth and development. However, I do think we might miss the simple need to be involved in others lives by working so hard to define what each term means.

  3. This is one of the many great ideas I have been given by John Wilson. We struggled to get men into the ministry and to disciple them well until… we had about 5 committed men. When we brought them together and asked them to bring a friend, we suddenly had 5 more. It was great to see this informal discipleship in community as the 5 that had been believers for a time now were sharing with and encouraging the new 5 men in ways that I couldn’t. They continue to meet and I have seen those new 5 men grow much faster than the initial 5 that we discipled.

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