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Greg Ogden

Greg Ogden retired from professional church leadership in 2012 and now lives out his passion of speaking, teaching, and writing about the disciple-making mission of the church. Most recently Greg served as Executive Pastor of Discipleship at Christ Church of Oak Brook, Illinois in the Chicago western suburbs. From 1998-2002, Greg held the position of Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Fuller Theological Seminary and Associate Professor of Lay Equipping and Discipleship. Prior to coming to Fuller, Greg enjoyed 24 years in pastoral ministry. He is the author of six books including Essential Guide to Becoming a Disciple (Intervarsity Press, 2016); Transforming Discipleship: Making Disciples a Few at a Time (Intervarsity Press, 2016); The Essential Commandment: A Guide to Loving God and Others (InterVarsity Press, 2011); Discipleship Essentials: A Guide to Building Your Life in Christ (InterVarsity Press, 2007). Dr. Ogden is a principal partner in a new ministry entitled the Global Discipleship Initiative (GDI). GDI trains, coaches, and inspires pastors and Christian leaders to establish indigenous, multiplying, disciplemaking networks, both nationally and internationally. (



Can You Be a Christian Without Being a Disciple?

We have a discipleship problem not in spite of the gospel we have been proclaiming, but because of it. We have been proclaiming a gospel that says you can get all the benefits of a Christian without having to be a disciple. Is this the gospel Jesus proclaimed? We will explore Jesus' disciple-making gospel of the kingdom as summed up in Mark 1:14-15.


Jesus' 4 Stage Approach to Making Disciples

It is evident that Jesus' intent from the beginning of His ministry was to get his disciples ready to carry on His ministry after He returned to His Father. We will observe the four progressive stages through which Jesus' brought the twelve so that they could assume responsibility to take the gospel to the world. By walking through these four stages we can apply them to the way we can disciple others so that they too can be disciple makers.


Post-Forum Seminar

Turning Your Church into a Disciple-Making Mission
with Ralph Rittenhouse

If you as a pastor were approached by an eager new believer who said: "I desire to become all that Christ wants me to be and to help others do so as well, how can I learn to do that at your church?", what would you say? Most churches have no clear plan for making disciples. This seminar answers the question, HOW? We need a simple approach that is accessible to average believer that empowers them to become reproducing disciple makers. We will apply Jesus relational model of making disciples to a three step process that you can transform your community into a church of disciple makers.


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