Last weekend I hosted a retreat in my home for 16 guys. They came from 9 states and one foreign country. For three days we studied the Bible, prayed for each other, shared meals, swam, and hiked a mountain. The guys loved connecting not only with me but with each other. Through tacos, laughter, brotherly hugs and open sharing, lifelong friendships were formed. And I’m not ashamed to admit I shed some tears when the guys left.
Discipleship is not a cold, clinical process. It must be warm and relational. Paul told the Philippians: “For God is my witness how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 1:8). When you gather your disciples, whether it’s a one-on-one meeting, a small group or a larger group, make it fun and inviting. You don’t have to be super serious or religious. Open your home and your heart and pour out joy. In an authentic atmosphere, your disciples will open their hearts, confess their struggles and experience healthy growth.