Organic Discipleship Through Small Groups

Let Spirit-filled leaders shepherd and cultivate authentic discipleship


Tony Merida is the founding pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, and he continues to preach and serve as an elder for Imago Dei and teach seminary courses at Southeastern Baptist. In this post, Tony shares Imago Dei's organic approach to discipleship, in which they allow it to naturally occur through small group relationships.


Do you agree with Tony's suggestion that a minimum of structure is needed because discipleship will occur organically if Christians allow the Spirit to lead their relationships? Explain your answer.
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In the remaining questions for this post, you will answer according to your experience with small groups and discipleship at your home church. If your answer is that these things are not happening at all, then write what you think your church should do to engage these concerns.

How are small groups made up in your church? What drives the teaching and conversation? How are they segmented? What happens at a typical meeting?
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How are leaders trained and prepared? How often are your small group leaders taught and encouraged by the pastoral staff?
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How do your small group leaders engage in discipleship? What typically leads to discipleship relationships, and what is discussed in discipleship meetings?
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If you could change one thing about small groups and discipleship at your church, what would it be? What benefit do you foresee from this change?
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As you walk away from this training, think about your part in the discipleship process within your church. Challenge yourself to become more involved and help others to engage more fully. All the while, remember that the objective is that we help form one another to become more like our king, Jesus.