Unit 1.8 Greg Ogden, Transforming Discipleship: Making Disciples a Few at a Time

Lecture:

Greg Ogden

Transforming Discipleship: Making Disciples a Few at a Time

(Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2003).

I first met Greg Ogden when I arrived for the first day as a student at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, in the year 2000. Greg was at that time the Director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Fuller; he is now Executive Pastor of Discipleship at Christ Church of Oak Brook in Oak Brook, Illinois. About half way through the writing of the Doctor of Ministry project I heard Greg Ogden speaking on Amaking disciples Jesus= way@ and immediately purchased his book entitled Transforming Discipleship: Making Disciples a Few at a Time. I was overwhelmed and pleased to find in this book many ideas which I had been thinking and teaching for years, and expressed in a way that was convincing, crystal clear and very powerful. This book is a wonderful bridge between two very different worlds, the typical church we all know and the New Testament, disciple making church of which the cell church is one example. Greg Ogden received some good advice on building a discipling congregation and he shares it with us: ATake a long term view.  Slow down. Do it right.@[1] This book is the first step in building that long term view and learning how to do it right.


[1]Greg Ogden, Transforming Discipleship: Making Disciples A Few At A Time (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2003), 189.

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