Circles are powerful.1 They shape identity, instill and reinforce values, and provide a variety of emotional, physical and spiritual support.
My question for you is this:
Do you experience the power of circles as an obstacle or an opportunity as you disciple the lost?
Your answer to this question reflects a small handful of factors, one of which is your disciple making strategy.
If your strategy is to disciple individuals, the power of their existing circle will often feel like a barrier to you. This is because discipling an individual places you in competition with their primary circle.
If your strategy is to disciple a whole circle, the power of the circle will typically feel like an opportunity to you. This is because discipling a circle makes you their advocate and champion.
- What are some ways you have experienced circles as obstacles? as opportunities?
- What are some possible consequences to the circle of focusing on just one individual?
- What are two or three strategies for discipling a circle?
Share your thoughts and make it a conversation!
1 See my previous post for an introduction to circles.