Small Groups and Discipleship

“Jesus’ command was to ‘make disciples,’ and after countless hours of debate among our leadership team we concluded that discipleship happens most naturally in the context of meaningful relationships. And we have learned that meaningful relationships are most likely to develop through the dynamic of a small group. We are not suggesting that a small group is the only place for discipleship to occur. It just seems to us that discipleship happens best with a group of friends who are ‘doing life’ together.”
(Seven Practices of Effective Ministry, Stanley, Joiner, Jones, p.91)