I had the honor of writing a piece for my friends at CTpastors on discipleship in smaller groups, to help the many churches who had to "pivot" from their larger programs during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, to focus on discipleship in smaller venues.
"The coronavirus pandemic has flipped many normal ministry paradigms on their heads. As different parts of the world start navigating various ways to come out of quarantine, we'll experience more changes. But large gatherings will largely remain off-limits, at least for the foreseeable future. Thankfully, Jesus promised that “where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” (Matt. 18:20). Is healthy discipleship possible when that becomes the upper limit of regular physical gatherings? Yes! Over nearly 15 years of leading small, embedded communities as the primary discipleship venue for our church, I’ve picked up on a few principles that may be helpful in the ever-changing COVID scene, even when only two or three can gather."
Discipleship in smaller groups will be a necessity for a long time to come -- and not just as our world continues to wrestle with COVID! You can read the whole piece here.