SUMMARY: In this episode, Brian and Rick speak with Jeff Vanderstelt, the lead teaching pastor at Doxa Church in Bellevue, Washington, about the varying forms that discipleship can take. Jeff explains that the best idea of discipleship isn’t necessarily just one person discipling another but rather a variety of different people, situations, environments and relationships that lead to more effective discipleship. Jeff shares his biblical basis for “all of life” discipleship and discusses what it looks like in the context of group life in his church.
The Groups Matter Podcast is a weekly show designed to resource, train, and encourage small group leaders. Each episode considers current trends and resources as well as timeless truths and methods of discipleship. It is hosted by Brian Daniel, a Bible study expert from the Lifeway Groups Ministry Team, and Rick Howerton, the discipleship and small group specialist at Lifeway and author ofGUEST: As the visionary leader of the Soma Family of Churches, Saturate, and the lead teaching pastor at Doxa Church in Bellevue, Washington, Jeff Vanderstelt travels around the U.S. and the world doing what he loves—training disciples of Jesus to make more disciples of Jesus and equipping the Church in the gospel and missional living. Jeff is the author of Saturate, Saturate Field Guide, and coming in spring of 2017, Gospel Fluency. He and Jayne, his wife of twenty-three years, have three children: Haylee, Caleb, and Maggie. Connect with Jeff at his website (jeffvanderstelt.com) or on Twitter: @JeffVanderstelt.