Creating a One-to-One Discipling Culture
Posted on February 7, 2022 8:00 AM by Greg Birdwell
We've been blessed with steady growth over the past ten years. There are three things we've learned.
First, we started with a simple method. Read the Bible together. "Stir up one another to love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24 ESV). What better way to stir one another up than to read the Word together? No in-depth training was required. We just committed to get together with someone else and read a book of the Bible together. A great little booklet with tips on the method in all its simplicity is One to One Bible Reading, by David Helm.
Second, we became leadermodeled. Our church's pastors, including me, invested time in One-to-One Bible Reading with one or two others. When we read one or two books of the Bible together, we commissioned those men to each choose others with whom they would do the same. Then we held them accountable. The process has then been modeled and replicated.
Third, we made short commitments. When a person in the congregation asked another to read a book of the Bible together, we made sure they understood that this was not a lifelong partnership. They were to finish and both move on to read with
others. Then the fire spreads faster!
--Greg Birdwell pastors Providence Bible Fellowship in West Chester, Oh.