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Transforming Discipleship: Making Disciples a Few at a Time (英語) ペーパーバック – 2003/5
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Many church leaders, yearning for church growth, look to the latest evangelistic strategies or seeker-targeted worship services. But lack of growth might not be due to lack of concern for new people--it may be because we are not effectively discipling the people we already have.
Too often churches have no coherent plan for discipleship, and leaders feel they lack the resources to help people become fully devoted followers of Christ. Greg Ogden addresses the need for discipleship in the local church and recovers Jesus' method of accomplishing life change by investing in just a few people at a time. Ogden sets forth his vision for transforming both the individual disciple and discipleship itself, showing how discipleship can become a self-replicating process with ongoing impact from generation to generation.
Biblical, practical and tremendously effective, Ogden's approach to discipleship has already been used with great success in hundreds of churches across the country. Transforming Discipleship holds the potential for transforming how your church transforms the lives of its people.
Greg Ogden is executive pastor of discipleship at Christ Church of Oak Brook in Oak Brook, Illinois. He previously served as academic director of the doctor of ministry program at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He is the author of Discipleship Essentials, a discipleship tool used by over 30,000 people in hundreds of churches.
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The following statement from the book encapsulates the goal of duplication and discipleship for all Christian leaders : "The tragedy is that most Christian leaders have placed almost no priority on transitional leadership. It is generally fair to say that the effectiveness of one's ministry is to be measured by how well it flourishes after one's departure." (P.96)
Public teaching and preaching will always have its place. But nothing can replace one-on-one teaching, modeling and training. I highly recommend this book.
He wants to see church leaders making disciples a few at a time instead of trying to churn out groups of people who have sat through a class.
First, Ogden describes what went wrong and with with The Discipleship Deficit and getting to the root causes.
Next he explains how to use the Bible as a method book in making disciples.
In part 3, he gives us church-based strategies to make disciples.
He is not shy at expressing his disdain for the current fad of Small Groups and he seems to come in conflict with a popular discipleship book called Simple Church.
Within Transforming Discipleship, Ogden explains how the Paul/Timothy model shouldn't be used in churches as that was a special case. Instead, we should employ the Paul/Barnabus model in which we grow together, taking turns.
One of the bright spots in this book came at the very beginning when Ogden explained how our pastor's are too busy doing the work that others should be doing.
Biblically, pastors should only worry about instructing and equipping the church goers; the visitations, pastoral care, etc... should be left up to those who are built up within the congregations and turned out to lead.
For me this was a tale of two halves: Greg Ogden's analysis of the current state of discipleship and of the biblical mandate and models was nothing new for me personally. It could be helpful for those raised in a church context that did NOT emphasize discipleship.
Part three however was filled with practical tips an insights for how to live out the mandate in the context of a local church. Looking at my copy, I have frequent dogears and highlights in the last section and none whatsoever in the first two part.
Particularly helpful is Ogden's priority of relationship over programs, his emphasis on accountability and mutual responsibility as well as on reproduction, and his suggestion of using a triad (group of three) as opposed to a one-on-one relationship. The benefits he listed of the triad are obvious to me as one who has been involved in many one-on-one discipleship relationships and seen as many misses as hits.
I also love his use of a growth model that is very similar to Henry Cloud's: growth = transparent trust + truth/God's Word + mutual accountability. When comparing a discipleship triad to other venues commonly looked to by Christians to produce real life change (small groups, preaching services, Sunday schools), Ogden makes a very compelling case for the greater potential of these triads.
He says life change takes time, and urges patience in fighting the temptation to go for a little-dab-ll-dooya program. Great advice.
This book is definitely worth some of your time.