the power of circles

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Images copyright: glopphy / 123RF Stock Photo

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.

Your turn:

  1. What are some ways you have experienced circles as obstacles? as opportunities?
  2. What are some possible consequences to the circle of focusing on just one individual?
  3. 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.

2 thoughts on “the power of circles

  1. Hi Kirk. I know we met in the past. As I remember it was in Sofia, but I am not 100% sure. I served in Ukraine for fifteen years, and continue to work in Eastern Europe through SKYPE and site visits while living in the US.

    I really like the thoughts you are sharing- just found your blog today. Would you allow us to translate some of your posts into Russian and use them on our website? We have parallel Russian/English and would link any of your posts back to your website. I would like to to start with the latest two you did on circles-good stuff.

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