Last Sunday at church we focused on discipleship triangles. We have been running these as our main discipleship structure for 6 months. Some people shared their experiences and we looked at some reflections on their operation. Here is a summary of what we covered:
Discipleship is all about listening to what God is saying to us and then responding to what He is saying - Transformative Listening.
Discipleship Triangles are micro groups of 2-4 people that meet in person and/or online to share together what God has been saying and how they are responding in the three dimensions of life:
UP - what God has been saying to us through a passage from the bible we agreed to read at the previous meeting
IN - sharing some aspects of our lives - highlights, prayer points, or kairos moments
OUT - share about and pray for some aspect of our engagement with the world - people of peace, plans etc.
If you are not in one but would like to be, send a message:
- They can be a challenge to make a regular part of our lives
- Aim for weekly (even if every second meeting is by skype/phone) and you will probably make 2 out of 3 weeks on average.
- It is easy to continually focus on just one/two of the dimensions and skip the ‘hard’ one
- Intentionally start with a different dimension each meeting
- They work best if we have done preparation (means everybody needs to know in advance what you will be covering)
- You can develop a plan in a couple of minutes on www.elifeshapes.org and then email it to the other participants.
- Don’t forget to follow up on planned actions
- Celebrate small improvements
- We tend to overestimate what can change in the short term and underestimate what can change over the longer term.
- They are easy to reproduce (if you start a new one you could make it fortnightly alternating with the first one you are in)
David Wanstall, 30/09/2009