The Power of Circles

Circles are powerful. They shape identity, instill and reinforce values, and provide a variety of emotional, physical and spiritual support.
My question for you is this:

Do you experience the power of circles as an obstacle or an opportunity as you disciple the lost?

Your answer to this question reflects a small handful of factors, one of which is your disciple making strategy.
If your strategy is to disciple individuals, the power of their existing circle will often feel like a barrier to you. This is because discipling an individual places you in competition with their primary circle.
If your strategy is to disciple a whole circle, the power of the circle will typically feel like an opportunity to you. This is because discipling a circle makes you their advocate and champion.


Your turn:

  1. What are some ways you have experienced circles as obstacles? as opportunities?
  2. What are some possible consequences to the circle of focusing on just one individual?
  3. What are two or three strategies for discipling a circle?

Share your thoughts and make it a conversation!

See the previous post for an introduction to circles

Kirk Anderson

  • I inspire disciple makers through training, coaching and writing to think and act strategically to reach their cities with the Gospel.
  • Inspiring disciple makers to think and act strategically.

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