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?