David Nelson has written positively about community discipleship in a post called “I Was Never ‘Mentored': A Report from the Field, Part 3.” Here is one part of the article:
Put another way, the one-on-one model often highlights the strengths of the discipler, but may also unduly reproduce the weaknesses. I became acutely aware of this some years ago when I saw a person who had met one of my â€œdisciplesâ€ (a young man I â€œmentoredâ€ for about two years) and our mutual friend commented, â€œOh, I wasnâ€™t with him ten minutes before I knew he was your disciple.â€ As I listened to him explain why I realized that the young man had not only been positively shaped by me, but had also picked up some quirks and peculiarities from me that I could only hope he would outgrow.
Nelson also suggests that the “Paul/Timothy” model is not THE model of discipleship in Scripture, and perhaps there were more people involved in their relationship besides just Paul and Timothy.
What do you think? One on one discipleship? Community discipleship? Best of both worlds? How, when, where, why, who?