It is not the church, it is the disciples

It is not the church, it is the disciples

The title of this post has been rolling around in my head. I don’t think it is tremendously profound and at any time in the last few years I would have readily agreed with it. The premise behind the phrase is taking on a new dimension in my life. 

Mark Trew and I formed our first “Life Transformation Group.”  It seemed like a good idea as we’ve incorporated them in to our church network strategy.  An LTG is a very simple approach to peer discipleship. Two or three people get together. Those in the LTG read 25-30 chapters of scripture a week. Then they get together once a week to talk, share, pray and confess sin. No special materials and no complicated program. When it grows to 4 split it apart and keep going. I’ve heard other missional church advocates talk about doing similar kinds of things. 

After two weeks in I’m finding I really like it and I wonder whether the success of some simple church networks can be attributed as much to the peer to peer discipleship than anything else.   One of the key components of the LTG is the confession of sin. It is something that just doesn’t happen in large groups or small groups. Could it be that a big part of transforming the church is cleaning out our lives? Do we tinker with programs and services because it distracts us from facing the hard reality of our own sin?

  1. #1 by carmen andres on March 30, 2007 - 12:16 pm

    i’ve been doing the LTGs for about a year and, like you, really like it. the confession aspect has been especially freeing. i’ve often explained LTGs to others as a basic/simple structure that allows us to relate to each other the way we are meant to (how to live together in this Kingdom-life) but have somehow forgotten. i’ve also experienced the multiplication/split twice and must admit they both were wonderful experiences–especially to witness how God brings people to him. amazing. anyway, just wanted to chime in. blessings,


  2. #2 by Dari-Lynn on March 31, 2007 - 9:28 am

    Hey Leighton. Just found your blog through Carol…in a roundabout way! Just wanted to say hi; don’t know if you remember me. I hope things are going good for you. 🙂

  3. #3 by LT on March 31, 2007 - 9:31 am


    Good to hear from you…and I definitely remember you.

  4. #4 by Mixy on March 31, 2007 - 9:27 pm


    There are a few of us out here that remember you I’ll have to check out your blog.

  5. #5 by Jeri on April 1, 2007 - 11:22 am

    God just keeps amazing me. I was just reading about LTG’s and thinking that this was the right next step for me and then I check your blog to find out what is new with you and there it is. LTG’s.

    I should have taken your advice before when you said to be cautious about getting involved with a home church that is made up of christians who have just left the traditional church. Greg and I had really thought we had found where we were to be until the “leader” called us up for coffee, accused us of a bunch of stuff and asked us “in Christian love” (lol) not to return. It was one of the best things God has done for us lately. The spirit knew we were not to be there but the flesh wanted to stay.

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