I have in recent days featured two posts by J R Woodward. Here is a third, Discipleship and the Four Spaces of Belonging. He talks about how the whole church needs to lead by example for people to be discipled, and for Christians to grow in missional focus. He also delineates four ‘spaces’ where discipleship can happen:
* public space – a large gathering of similarly-minded people, such as a big church event;
* social space – a community of ‘extended family’ and networked relationships, say, about 20-40 people in size, like ancient Roman households, which were the building blocks of their society (and like the size of some contemporary churches?);
* personal space – private relationships of eight to fifteen people, like a home group;
* intimate space – with our closest friends and family who know us well, and with whom we do not need to be ashamed.
Woodward asks us how well we operate within all four spaces to develop misson-focussed disciples. He suggests that some churches only concentrate on one or two of these, when we would do better to have all four in mind.
What do you think?