More books and conferences under the banner of disciple-making are available now than ever before. As a result, believers are contemplating the implications of the Great Commission for their lives. With a better understanding of discipleship come questions of how to replicate the process. One important facet is how many people should be discipled together. The size of your discipleship group should be considered before approaching potential group members.
I have found that the most effective discipleship groups, what we call D-Groups, are gender-exclusive. Men should meet with men, and women should meet with women. Some topics and personal problems should not be discussed in a mixed group. While it is wonderful for couples to study God’s Word and grow spiritually together, the crucial dynamic of a D-Group is compromised when couples are involved, particularly in the areas of transparency and accountability. Read More
What do I mean by the terms “introvert” or “extravert?” These are psychological terms used to classify people’s personalities. Someone who is introverted is normally characterized by shyness. This is a commonly displayed aspect of introversion, which sometimes stems from the fear of social disapproval. In the most basic sense, an introvert is someone who is energized by being alone. In contradistinction, an extravert is an outgoing, expressive person, enlivened by the presence of people. Those that belong in this latter category naturally gravitate toward social situations and are prime leaders. But this does not mean that introverts cannot be socially active, and neither does it mean that introverts cannot make grand impacts. Read More