(2 by 2 paradigm- Discipleship)
1 on 1 discipleship is very popular in our western culture. We are linear thinkers who like to compartmentalize our lives so 1 on 1interaction seems the most efficient for us. We have a linear approach to teaching people the Bible and "growing them in their faith." There is nothing 'wrong' with this approach. In fact, I use it all the time incounseling situations. However, I challenge you to look at the goal of discipleship and see if you are open to some creative ways of seeing our congregations mature in Christ. We may deprive ourselves of some key opportunities if we allow a 1 on 1 scenario to dominate our discipleship method. If we decided to expand our idea of Discipleship a little more and view it a little differently, I think we can accomplish a broader range of goals.
Jesus invested his earthly existence into 12 men. On the last day of his earthly existence, the day before the greatest event in human history (Jesus dying on the cross), Jesus decides to just hang out with his 12 disciples. It's like the capstone of his ministry was just these 12 men. He spoke to thousands and he debated the elite Jewish Priests. However, in his last days, Jesus decides to spend his last moments with his 12 men. He taught them how to pray, how to teach, about grace, heaven, and how to lead your life. Jesus valued his relationship with these 12 men the most. He specifically gives THEM the Great Commission to carry on.
It is interesting that Jesus modeled a multidimensional mentoring method where he taught several together through experience. Experience in conjunction with knowledge is what matures us in our Christian lives. If we viewed our purpose this way, like Paul did, we wouldn't compartmentalize discipleship. Follow me as I follow Christ. We begin tobe influenced on a deeper level by our mentors and we influence those within our proximity. You 'do' life together. That is what it is all about.