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Transforming Discipleship: Making Disciples a Few at a Time

, 2003
ISBN: 9780830893416
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Many churchgoers complain that their churches lack a coherent plan for discipleship and spiritual growth. In turn, many church leaders lament their lack of resources to build and manage effective programs to help people become fully devoted followers of Christ.

In Transforming Discipleship Greg Ogden introduces his vision for discipleship, emphasizing that solutions will not be found in large-scale, finely-tuned, resource-heavy programs.

Instead, Ogden recovers Jesus’ method of accomplishing life change by investing in just a few people at a time. And he shows how discipleship can become a self-replicating process with ongoing impact from generation to generation.

Biblical, practical and tremendously effective, Transforming Discipleship provides the insights and philosophy of ministry behind Ogden’s earlier work, Discipleship Essentials. Together, these ground-breaking books have the potential to transform how your church transforms the lives of its people.

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Key Features

  • Introduces a vision for discipleship
  • Offers practical advice on empowering others
  • Shows you how to foster trust and accountability


  • Introduction: A Story of Transformation
  • The Discipleship Gap: Where Have All the Disciples Gone?
  • The Discipleship Malaise: Getting to the Root Causes
  • Why Jesus Invested in a Few
  • Jesus’ Preparatory Empowerment Model
  • Paul’s Empowerment Model: Spiritual Parenting
  • Life Investment: It’s All About Relationships
  • Multiplication: Through the Generations
  • Transformation: The Three Necessary Ingredients
  • Practicalities of Disciple Making
  • Appendix: Frequently Asked Questions
  • Notes

Praise for the Print Edition

Why are Christians not more like Christ? With all the evangelism, church growth and discipleship programs both critics and lovers of the church around the world ask, where are the transformed lives? Greg Ogden does not claim all the answers. He does point out one important truth: transformation happens not through programs but through highly accountable, mutually encouraging, Spirit-formed relationships. All those concerned about a ‘disciple deficit’ will find this not only a must-read but a ‘must-practice’ book!

—Leighton Ford, President, Leighton Ford Ministries

Greg Ogden has a heart for making disciples. He lives it. He speaks it. He writes it. This book is the mind of Greg’s heart and, I believe, is a reflection of Jesus’ heart and mind. Jesus wants his church to make disciples in a post-Christian world. This book puts the ministry leader and visionary in touch with today’s stark reality—it’s time for the whole church to get serious about making disciples Jesus’ way. This book will help change our church to be in alignment with Jesus’ vision and ministry practice.

—Gareth Icenogle, Senior Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Greg Ogden supplied us a comprehensive, biblical curriculum in Discipleship Essentials. In his most recent book, Transforming Discipleship, he reveals the foundation and vision. Based on a creative and stimulating triad model, Greg provides a vehicle that will guide the training of leaders who in turn will equip the church and individuals for a life of transformational discipleship. In a refreshingly biblical and realistic manner, Greg sculpts an essential model that goes beyond programs to the intentional development of relationships that are empowered by the Spirit to grow together to become like Jesus.

—Michael J. Wilkins, Dean of the Faculty and Professor of New Testament Language and Literature, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

Greg Ogden shook up the world of many of us when he wrote the The New Reformation. Now he brings a similar urgency and clarity to the issue of following Christ. Read it at your own risk.

—John Ortberg, Teaching Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church

  • Title: Transforming Discipleship: Making Disciples a Few at a Time
  • Author: Greg Ogden
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Print Publication Date: 2003
  • Logos Release Date: 2016
  • Pages: 209
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Discipling (Christianity)
  • ISBNs: 9780830893416, 9780830868087, 9780830823888
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2019-10-03T23:29:19Z
Greg Ogden

Dr. Greg Ogden is a writer, speaker, and discipleship teacher living in Monterey, California. He was formerly executive pastor at Christ Church of Oak Brook in Oak Brook, Illinois. He also served as the academic director of the doctor of ministry program and associate professor of lay equipping and discipleship at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. For 23 years, he served as a pastor with the Presbyterian Church (USA).

While senior pastor of Saratoga Federated Church in Saratoga, California, he developed a discipleship program used by over 15,000 people, and resulted in his book, Discipleship Essentials. Subsequent volumes in the Essentials Series include Leadership Essentials (with Dan Meyer) and The Essential Commandment. Dr. Ogden has also authored the books, Unfinished Business (Zondervan) and Transforming Discipleship (InterVarsity Press).

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