Why You Should Disciple Others in a Group of 3 to 5

Why You Should Disciple Others in a Group of 3 to 5

 Group Size Part 2

What is the ideal size of a Discipleship Group? How many people should I meet with?
Here are 5 Reasons why a Group of 3 to 5 is more effective than a 1 on 1 relationship.

If you missed it, Check out Part 1 on Group Size: Jesus’ Model for Making Disciples.

So what is the ideal size of a D-Group? In my experience, four total, as displayed by Jesus, is the number of choice. Any more than five, including you, is too large, and any less than three is too small.

Additionally, I have found that the most effective D-Groups are gender-exclusive.

First, a group of two can be likened to a ping-pong match with you being responsible for keeping the ball in play.

Second, a one-on-one model is challenging to reproduce because the person in whom you are investing has a tendency to look at you in the same manner that Timothy looked at the Apostle Paul.

Third, a group of two tends to become a counseling session, where you spend the majority of your time solving personal problems each week.

Fourth, as mentioned earlier, Jesus utilized the group model.

Joel Rosenberg and T. E. Koshy pose a thought provoking question: “What if for three years Jesus had discipled only Judas? Despite his best efforts, Jesus would have wound up with no one to carry on his legacy and his message when he returned to the Father. Jesus didn’t invest in just one man. He invested in a group of men from a wide range of backgrounds, including fishermen, a tax collector, and a Zealot (a political revolutionary).”

To be continued…..

What has been your experience with different Discipleship group sizes? Were they effective? Why or why not?

Robby Gallaty is the Senior Pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN. He was radically saved out of a life of drug addiction on November 12, 2002. In 2008, he began Replicate Ministries to equip and train men and women to be disciples who make disciples. He is also the author of Growing Up: How to Be a Disciple Who Makes Disciples (2013), Firmly Planted: How to Cultivate a Faith Rooted in Christ (2015), Rediscovering Discipleship: Making Jesus’ Final Words Our First Work (2015), Foundations: A 260-Day Bible Reading Plan for Busy Believers (2015), and The Forgotten Jesus: How Western Christians Should Follow an Eastern Rabbi (2017).