The Gospels reveal how Jesus called flawed folks like Simon Peter and shaped them into a Spirit-saturated, contagious community that eventually transformed the entire Roman Empire.
Discipleship Triads provide an apprenticeship with Jesus built for Simon-Peter types. In groups of three or four, triads embark on a journey of learning to more intentionally love God, one another, and God’s world… and how to help others do the same.
To be faithful to Jesus’ commission to multiply disciples (Mt 28:18-20).
- Three or four people (men with men; women with women): the nimble size of three allows for flexibility, efficiency, and accelerated growth
- Balance: moving inward in study, upward in prayer, and outward in service, successively (ex. focus on week one = study; focus on week two = prayer; focus on week three = serve someone in love). The cycle continues throughout the six months.
- An intentional curriculum: the study portion of the triad is based on “Discipleship as a Journey” a discipleship guide developed by Pastor Paul Dugan on seven stages of discipleship through the lens of Peter, a very human follower of Jesus. Part II features the journey of Israel.
- Multiplication: at the end of a six-month cycle through the seven stages of discipleship (praying and serving), the group sends one partner (to start a new triad) and adds one partner (to join the remaining two in a new cycle of growth).
- Solidarity: the group does not meet unless all three can do so. No one is left behind.
For more on the core values of discipleship triads:
- Seasons of the Soul, by Bruce Demarest
- Transforming Discipleship, by Greg Ogden
- “Three is Enough Groups,” by Todd Hunter
To start a triad:
Be informed. Review the core values of the triad, and the journey of discipleship material. For a copy of the Journey of Discipleship Triad Guide (Part I- Simon Peter’s journey; Part II-Israel’s journey) contact firstname.lastname@example.org (x 106): $5 each. Click here for an online version of the Discipleship Triad Guide, Volumes I and II.
Pray. Ask God to help you identify another partner who is hungry to follow Jesus with balance, intentionality and realism. Together pray about who to invite as your third partner. As a group, identify your “leading partner” and begin the journey.
If you would like help finding other triad partners: